ENEG20003 - Sustainability Studio

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 are teamwork, communication, knowledge management, and evaluation using sustainability principles.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band HECS 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

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.

Source: Have your Say
The guest lecturer's exposure to the students on 'bushfire and its mitigation in Australia' was interesting and helpful for the students to figure out one of the sustainability issues in Australia.
The similar engagement practice between the industry expert(s) and the students will be continued in the next offering.
Action Taken
An industry Guest Lecturer from Aus Net delivered a lecture on Bushfire due to electrical faults.
Source: Have your Say
There is a recommendation of providing with a few more recent sustainability issue related journal articles in the Moodle.
Relevant journal articles and websites for each week's classes and tutorials/workshops will be made available in the next offering.
Action Taken
A number of journals and website articles were made available in each week's tutorials/workshops.
Source: "Have your say" in Moodle
Additional real-world sustainability examples could be helpful.
Include more authentic examples of sustainable engineering design.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say" in Moodle
Some of the best aspects of this unit are timely reminders for assignments, appreciation of work done by the students, taking care of each student.
The same practice will be continued in the next offering.
Action Taken
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.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1N 3N )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2I )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 5I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 5I 6I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 2N 3I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 3I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 4I 5I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5I 6I )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 3A 5N )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 3A )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 3I 4A 6N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 4A 5I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Postgraduate Units Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Project (applied)
5 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8