CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENEG20003 Sustainability Studio
Sustainability Studio
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will engage with a complex, real world problem that crosses disciplinary boundaries. You will use a systems engineering approach to explore stakeholder needs and to write a set of requirements. In approaching the design task, you will need to balance technical, economic, social and environmental issues and constraints. At the heart of such problem solving is teamwork, communication, knowledge management and evaluation using sustainability principles.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

At least 24 cp of the Master of Engineering.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%
5. Presentation
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator reflection

Feedback

A lecture from the Melbourne campus should be held.

Recommendation

It is recommended that one lecture should be delivered from CQU Melbourne campus in every offering.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator reflection and student interactions

Feedback

There was a guest lecturer for two hours from the industry.

Recommendation

There should be two guest lectures in this unit. This will be helpful for the student to know the real-world sustainability issues and their solutions, as well as, earning 4 hours for their CPD unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Show evidence of grappling with complex issues through stakeholder engagement
  2. Develop a set of stakeholder requirements
  3. Apply a systematic design process (systems engineering) to develop solutions to an issue
  4. Demonstrate self-awareness of thinking processes and values, including socio-ecological thinking and uncertainty
  5. Develop and pitch a change proposal
  6. Reflect on the contribution of this project to professional development.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Project (applied) - 30%
5 - Presentation - 10%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Project (applied) - 30%
5 - Presentation - 10%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Sustainability Principles and Practice

Edition: 2nd (2017)
Authors: Margaret Robertson
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
New York New York , NY , USA
Binding: Hardcover
Prescribed

Sustainability Principles and Practice

Edition: 2nd (2017)
Authors: Margaret Robertson
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York , England and USA
ISBN: 978-1-315-62547-8
Binding: eBook
Supplementary

An Introduction to Sustainability:Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives

Edition: 2nd (2018)
Authors: Martin Mulligan
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York , England and USA
ISBN: 978-1-315-51945-6
Binding: eBook
Supplementary

An Introduction to Sustainability:Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives

Edition: 2nd (2018)
Authors: Martin Mulligan
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; and 711 Third Avenue New York , England and USA
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Paper copies can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Md Nurun Nabi Unit Coordinator
m.nabi@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. A general overview of the unit

2. What is sustainability?

3. Challenges and responses

4. Sustainability as a discipline

5. Is Earth warming?

6. How temperature records are compiled

7. Modern climate change and greenhouse gases



Chapter

1 and 6

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.  

Events and Submissions/Topic

Students will need to identify different sustainability projects. To work with a project, they require to form different teams. Each team will generally contain 5/6 students depending on the number of students enrolled. The team should understand the project problems, research question/s, project background, aims and objectives, the methodology, results, discussions and conclusions. The detailed criteria of project report are available in the Moodle. 


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Sustainability at work

2. Sustainability initiatives

3. Air pollution

4. Soil and land pollution

5. Water pollution

6. Pollution remediation and prevention

Chapter

5 and 9

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Students are required to write a written assessment. The assessment task will be on the topic of a sustainability issue you are familiar with. Please note that this is an individual assessment item, which is mandatory to submit.


The criteria of the assessment (Written Assessment 1) are available in the Moodle.

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Uneven distribution of water

2. Depletion of nonrenewable aquifers

3. Threats to human and ecosystem health

4. Consumption

5. Effects of climate change

6. Water conservation

7. Wastewater treatment

8. Storm water

Chapter

7

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Each team must finalise its team members. They should select and work on their project topic.



Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Introduction to ecosystems and habitat

2. Populations and extinction

3. Drivers of ecosystem change

4. Conservation and restoration

5. Conservation

6. Restoration ecology

7. Living together-reconciliation ecology

Chapter

8

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 1 Due: Week 4 Friday (3 Apr 2020) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

1. Why study living systems?

2. Energy and matter

3. The four spheres

4. The biosphere

5. What is life?

6. Gaia: earth systems science

7. Systems

Chapter

3

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Students are required to write their second assessment item (Written Assessment 2) covering the solution of another sustainability issue by applying sustainable design criteria. Please note that this is an individual assessment item, which is mandatory to submit.

Please refer to the Unit Moodle for the criteria of this assessment.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Chapter

Vacation Week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

1. Traditional fossil fuels

2. Solar

3. Solar photovoltaic panels

4. Wave and tidal

5. Hydro

6. Wind

7. Geothermal

8. Biomass

9. Biogas

10. Alternative energy for transportation

Chapter

10

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

The team will continue to work on their project.



Written Assessment 2 Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

1. What is a green building?

2. The process of green building design

3. Building envelope

4. Lighting

5. Passive heating and cooling concepts

6. Heating

7. Cooling

8. Ventilation

9. Construction

10. Sustainable sites

Chapter

11

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

The team will continue to work on their team project and try to find out a solution to the sustainability issue by designing, modelling etc.

The team will work on their team project and should be aware of their team project report, which is due in three/four weeks time.

Students are required to write their third assessment item (Written Assessment 3) that addresses a change proposal. Please note that this is also an individual assessment item, which is mandatory to submit.

For the criteria of this assessment, please refer to the Unit Moodle.

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

1. Introduction to livable cities

2. Sprawl

3. Land use planning

4. Urban planning

5. Building community

6. Transportation

7. Cities and climate change

Chapter

12

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment 3 Due: Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

1. Design for the environment

2. Industrial ecology

3. Process design

4. Product alternatives

5. Product design

6. Shipping and packaging

7. ISO 14000 standards

8. Certification and labels

9. Eco-labels

Chapter

14

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

The team should significantly progress with their project work.



Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

1. Waste management

2. Landfills

3. Incineration

4. Recycling

5. C & D waste

6. Industrial waste

7. Zero waste

Chapter

15

Robertson Textbook

Also, different articles from journals, conference and web sites relevant to the topic.

Events and Submissions/Topic

The Team should wrap up their projects. They should make rehearsal for their Team Project Presentation.

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Guest lecture

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Each presentation will be 10-12 minutes followed by 5-7 minutes for questions and changeover. The presentation schedule will be provided in the unit Moodle.

Please note that all team members must present.


Team Project Presentation Due: Week 11 Tuesday (26 May 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Review class

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Please note that the team project report is a team submission item, which is mandatory to submit.


Team Project Report Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 1

Task Description

This is an individual submission. For this assessment, students can get ideas from week 1-2 class lectures, referred textbooks, and week 1 reading materials. Students should search for the relevant topics from CQU online library, and or internet search. Students will be able to familiar with the issues facing our planet, their causes and the mitigation of those issues.
The detailed task description is available in Unit Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (3 Apr 2020) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria are available in the unit Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Show evidence of grappling with complex issues through stakeholder engagement
  • Develop a set of stakeholder requirements


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 2

Task Description

This is an individual submission. For this assessment, students can get ideas from week 3-5 class lectures, referred textbooks, and week 2-5 reading materials. Students should search for the relevant topics from CQU online library, and or internet search. Students will be able to familiar with another issue (different from 1-written assessment and team project) facing our planet, its causes with its sustainable solution.
The detailed task description is available in Unit Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Apr 2020) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria are available in the unit Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a systematic design process (systems engineering) to develop solutions to an issue
  • Demonstrate self-awareness of thinking processes and values, including socio-ecological thinking and uncertainty


Graduate Attributes
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 3

Task Description

This is an individual submission. For this assessment, students can get ideas from week 6-8 class lectures, referred textbooks, and week 6-8 reading materials. Students should search for the relevant topics from CQU online library, and or internet search. The writing must be different from Written assessments 1, 2 and team project.
The detailed task description is available in Unit Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The criteria are available in the unit Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop and pitch a change proposal
  • Reflect on the contribution of this project to professional development.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Leadership

4 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
Team Project Report

Task Description

This is a team submission. For this assessment, students to brainstorm sustainable project ideas in week 1. Each project will be carried out by a team of 5-6 students. In order to the successful completion of the project, students should discuss and work effectively and sincerely with their team members from the beginning of the term. Each week in the workshop, students will have the opportunity to take advantages of their supervisors. They can discuss their issues, problems and project progress with their supervisors. All teams should submit a satisfactory project report in week 12. Each team member should reflect on his/her achievement according to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency.
Refer to Unit Moodle for detailed task description.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

This is a Team submission. The detailed criteria are available in the Moodle. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop a set of stakeholder requirements
  • Apply a systematic design process (systems engineering) to develop solutions to an issue


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

5 Presentation

Assessment Title
Team Project Presentation

Task Description

This is a Team presentation. Each Team present its project in Week 11. All team members must attend and present their project. The detailed schedule for presentation will be available in Unit Moodle in due time. According to presentation criteria, all members may not get equal marks in their team presentation. All students are advised to look at the presentation criteria available in Unit Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Tuesday (26 May 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020)


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

All team members must present in their team presentation. Absent member will be awarded zero marks. 


Referencing Style

Submission

No submission method provided.


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop and pitch a change proposal
  • Reflect on the contribution of this project to professional development.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?