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PHYS4801: Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is a cross-disciplinary research field. This unit will provide an introduction to the principles and applications of Industrial Ecology, with a focus on understanding the complexity and interconnectedness between economic and environmental systems. The unit will explore goals and methods of Industrial Ecology, with an emphasis on concrete applications, such as renewable energy systems, waste generation, recycling and industrial symbiosis, urban sustainability, and many more. Through these examples students will gain a thorough understanding of the usefulness of Industrial Ecology principles and approaches, for example in quantitative assessments of environmental impact and social risk, design of environmental economic policy and energy systems, and urban sustainability planning. Students will be introduced to the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory technology newly developed at the School of Physics. Students will walk away from this unit equipped with all skills needed to undertake their own environmental, social and economic Industrial Ecology projects in the virtual laboratory.

Code PHYS4801
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. be familiar with the field of IE and its scope of application generally
  • LO2. be aware of the profound importance of thriving natural ecosystems for sustainable economies
  • LO3. understand fundamental data processing concepts and to analyse environmental-economic interdependencies
  • LO4. undertake basic calculations to identify such interdependencies
  • LO5. use the Australian Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab) environment to carry out calculations and analyses
  • LO6. demonstrate critical thinking in the seminars and in essays on topics relating different scientific aspects of industrial ecology
  • LO7. argue coherently for a particular point of view, both verbally and in a written form
  • LO8. do simple but comprehensive and complete analyses for problems arising within the industrial ecology context.