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ENGG5202: Sustainable Design, Eng and Mgt

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The aim of this unit of study is to give students an insight and understanding of the environmental and sustainability challenges that Australia and the planet are facing and how these have given rise to the practice of Sustainable Design, Engineering and Management. The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the nature and causes of the major environmental problems facing our planet, with a particular focus on energy and water, and how engineering is addressing these challenges.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG5202
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

General knowledge in science and calculus and understanding of basic principles of chemistry, physics and mechanics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator PJ Cullen,
Tutor(s) Aeryne Lee,
Zahra Karbalaei Mirza Shahrbabaki,
Julia Ciarlini Jungers Soares,
Jacopo Giaretta,
Behdad Soltani,
Chiara Fois,
Xinying Liu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Project
Weekly tutorial assessment, group presentation and final report
50% Ongoing Continual assessment
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Mid-term assessment
Written assignment
20% Week 08 2000-3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Final assignment
written assignment
30% Week 13 2000-3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Mid-term and final assignment will be assessed as individual written reports submitted to Canvas. The group project assignment will be assessed as weekly tutorials, final group presentation and final report.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. After 10 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Sustainability and systems thinking for design, engineering and management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 02 Environmental Impact Assessment Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 03 Business perspectives on sustainability & circular economy Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 04 Whole System Approach to Sustainable Design Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 05 Sustainable food supply Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 06 Built environment Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 07 Waste management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 08 Energy sources, conversion and consequences Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 09 Water management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 10 Embodied energy and LCA Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 11 Power-2-X Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 12 Energy efficiency Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 13 Innovation and change for sustainability and course review Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Independent study: Students are expected to spend about five hours of study outside the specified contact period.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Hawken, P., A. B. Lovins & L.H. Lovins, Natural capitalism: creating the next industrial revolution. Little, Brown and Co. Boston., 1999. 
  • Vallero, D and Brasier, C, Sustainable design : the science of sustainability and green engineering. Hoboken, N.J., John Wiley, 2008. 
  • Stasinopoulos, P., Smith, M., Hargroves, K. and Desha, C., Whole System Design – An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Engineering. Earthscan, London, and The Natural Edge Project, Australia. 2008

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. form and work in teams, identifying and utilizing diverse skills to achieve optimal outcomes
  • LO2. appreciate and understand the need to incorporate principles of sustainability in engineering
  • LO3. identify, source and critically analyse information on sustainable design from diverse sources and be able to judge the level of confidence and authority in its use
  • LO4. effectively communicate the principles of sustainability to various stakeholders including the community and senior management
  • LO5. include the principles of sustainability in complex engineering problems.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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