Engineering

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ECMM163 - Sustainable Engineering (2019)

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MODULE TITLESustainable Engineering CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM163 MODULE CONVENERDr Matt Eames (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 62
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Sustainable engineering concerns the design or operation of systems with the aim of reducing energy demand, resource extraction and carbon emissions with the goal of minimising the impact on the environment. By transforming all sectors to become more sustainable, they can play a major role in reducing the threat of climate change. This module discusses the interdependency between the changes required across all activities of human life. This module will make you think across disciplines with the goal of evaluating sustainability on a whole system basis.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the complexities which arise from considering sustainability and the need to tackle the issue from an interdisciplinary perspective. This module will provide you with some of the tools required to assess sustainability as well as the ability to critically analyse the extent to which a product, building, industry or service could be considered to be sustainable. This course will give you some of the essential tools required for sustainable management practice. Throughout the module you will be expected to engage in ‘big picture’ thinking to solve some of the world’s problems related to sustainability.

Lectures will cover a range of topics and will include:

- The rational for sustainability: The impacts of Climate change, national and international policies;
- Methods to measure sustainability: sustainability frameworks, lifecycle analysis and sustainable management;
- Conventional power generation: systems, environmental impacts and resources available;
- Renewable energy: systems, environmental impacts and resources available;
- Sustainable buildings: energy demand, regulations and policy and adaptation.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge: D1m, D2m, D4m, ET4m, ET4fl

1 Review the national/international policies and commercial/industrial relevance of sustainability;

2 Apply theoretical analysis to the problems and limits associated with sustainability;

3 Evaluate the principles of sustainability across a range of engineering systems in existing and developing technology;

4 compare the promises, problems and limits associated with different forms of energy generation and supply;

5 Apply principles of sustainability to a range of engineering problems;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge: D7m, D2fl, D8m, D3fl, EA3m, EA1fl, EA5m, EA2fl

6 Critically evaluate scientific evidence from a range of sources;

7 Use theoretical understanding to quantify and produce a rational comparison of options;

8 Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain;

9 Integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge: D6m, EP11m, EP4fl, G1m, G1fl, G4m, G4fl

10 Develop and apply skills in critical analysis;

11 Process and use data from diverse sources;

12 Interdisciplinary and strategic thinking;

13 Present your work in a variety of forms to a range of audiences.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

1. Introduction to sustainability: how sustainability can be defined;

2. Legislative framework for sustainability, finite nature of resources;

3. Environmental impacts, potential impacts of climate change and business as usual;

4. Sustainability frameworks, risk analysis, life cycle analysis: BS EN ISO 14040:2006;

5. Sustainable management: BS EN ISO 14001:2015;

6. Sustainable buildings;

7. Conventional Power generation: Fossil fuels, nuclear power;

8. Renewable power generation: Wind, Solar, Water, Biomass, Heat pumps.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 16 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 2 Industrial speakers
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 14 Tutorials to discuss problems, provide feedback and participate in groups
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 8 Project tutorials with individual support
Guided independent study 110 Guided independent study, individual project work

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Worked examples in tutorials   All Informal Feedback within tutorials
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Sustainability Case Study 30 Up to 3 pages 1, 6, 8,10-13 Feedback on paper and mark returned
Individual Project 70 Up to 8 pages 2-5, 7-13 Feedback on paper and mark returned
         
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Indivdiual Project Coursework (100%) All Complete over the summer
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic Reading:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Web based and Electronic Resources:

Other Resources:

McKay, David, Sustainable Engineering - Without the Hot Air, (2008)

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set McKay, David Sustainable Engineering - Without the Hot Air 2008 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 11 January 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 23 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Sustainable; Engineering