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CIVL9310: Humanitarian Engineering

Humanitarian Engineering is the application of Engineering design and organisation to improve quality of life, in circumstances where severe conditions of life are preventing the community from achieving those outcomes themselves. It can be anything from large scale infrastructure which benefits provinces to small scale innovations which benefit single families. It can be regarded as developmental aid or as disaster relief. In this unit students will study the world humanitarian sphere and its major and minor players. Students will be expected to critically analyse many of the notions which underpin humanitarian aid by use of various case studies and with reference to scholarly research. The subject will include both historical and contemporary study of engineering application in developmental aid delivered through governments, organisations and individuals. Various humanitarian theories will be studied and applied to specific cases, as well as methods of measuring success. This unit will be first offered in 2017. As well as being a requirement for the Humanitarian major, it is also available to all Civil students as a 3rd year Civil elective and to students from other disciplines as a free elective.

Code CIVL9310
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the professional roles and ethical considerations of engineers working in the context of humanitarian engineering (developing countries, disasters and remote areas)
  • LO2. work in a small team with different engineering disciplines to solve an engineering challenge
  • LO3. use analytical and evaluation skills to present the theoretical and practical considerations for project success and failure in humanitarian engineering.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.