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CIVL9320: Engineering for Sustainable Development

2024 unit information

This unit introduces students to the principles of designing and implementing engineering projects to address global sustainable development challenges. Students will learn about sustainable development theories, frameworks, and debates positioned against the history and legacy of engineering in international development and humanitarian practice. Modules will equip students to apply participatory tools in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of inclusive engineering projects, while reflecting on the ethical dilemmas that surface in cross-cultural engineering work with marginalised communities. The unit provides a survey of design solutions to address basic needs and presents contemporary issues in global development. Students will explore these topics through an immersive real-world design project to understand the landscape of international development and humanitarian work.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Civil Engineering

Code CIVL9320
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL3310 or CIVL9310

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

  • LO1. employ appropriate teamwork skills across project phases to address development challenges
  • LO2. apply ethical and appropriate judgement in development practice while introspectively examining positionality
  • LO3. convey engineering analysis to multi-cultural audiences to inform effective technical solutions and policy recommendations
  • LO4. choose participative approaches and tools in project planning, implementation, and evaluation to inform more inclusive engineering designs
  • LO5. develop sustainable engineering solutions using incomplete or limited data from multiple sources to address complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing developing communities
  • LO6. apply engineering tool-sets to needs assessment, project planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEAL) in developing community contexts
  • LO7. understand the history and legacy of engineering in development and humanitarian practice
  • LO8. converse in, and critically examine sustainable development theories, frameworks, and debates.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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