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


Level Postgraduate
Unit 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 86.57% 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: Unit Coordinator reflection
A lecture from the Melbourne campus should be held.
It is recommended that one lecture should be delivered from CQU Melbourne campus in every offering.
Action Taken
Term 1, 2020 delivery was conducted online. This has been implemented in earlier offerings.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection and student interactions
There was a guest lecturer for two hours from the industry.
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.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, there was one guest lecturer introduced in Term 1, 2020. However, at least two guest lecturers will be ensured at the next offering.
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
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
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.


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
1 - Written Assessment
4 - Project (applied)
3 - Written Assessment
5 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment