- Class Number 5525
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Klaus Weber
- Prof Klaus Weber
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
The increasing need for engineers to address sustainability will add significant complexity to their tasks. They will therefore need the skills and knowledge to understand and predict the impact of their practice. This course will focus on the dynamics of complex systems in the context of the environmental and social impacts of technological innovation. Students will develop knowledge and skills that provide a basis for the design and sustainable operation of engineering-environment-social systems that are highly non-linear. Sustainability will be defined in engineering terms, and the basic dynamical principles will be explored in tutoral discussions. The course will be presented using a 'problem based learning' mode of delivery.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the critical sustainability challenges for the 21st century
2. Identify the wider impacts of engineering and technological innovation on the environment and society
3. Apply concepts and techniques associated with the dynamics of complex systems to engineering design and innovation
4. Anticipate unintended outcomes of engineering decisions in the context of highly non-linear systems
5. Use Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM) to negotiate engineering approaches that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies
Course includes examples of application of course concepts to current research problems, as discussed by the researchers themselves. This includes system dynamic modelling of environmental/social problems and modelling of the climate system
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to System Dynamics|
|2||Fishbanks simulation game||Vensim activity 1: Pandemic modelling (Individual assignment)|
|3||Causal loop diagrams, archetypes|
|4||Stock and flow modelling||Vensim activity 2: Exploring Oscillation, and Growth & Collapse (Group assignment)|
|5||Climate negotiation game|
|6||Leverage points, mental models and framing||Vensim activity 3: Modelling climate change (Group assignment)|
|7||Collaborative conceptual modelling|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Individual Portfolio||35 %||12/10/2022||1-5|
|Peer Feedback on Formative Portfolio Entries||6 %||*||1-4|
|Assignment 1||15 %||15/08/2022||3,4|
|Assignment 2 (Group)||12 %||29/08/2022||3,4|
|Assignment 3 (Group)||12 %||26/09/2022||2-5|
|Individual Oral Exam||20 %||*||1-5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Individual oral exam (20%)
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
3 entries linked to the readings and challenge activities (due Friday weeks 3,5,7)
• Feedback will be provided in the week following the submission of each entry
• Final consolidated portfolio (i.e. all 3 entries with changes, improvements and enhancements)
due at the end of the course
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Peer Feedback on Formative Portfolio Entries
Give feedback to peers on their formative portfolio entries three times
• Assess feedback from peers and respond
• Undertaken through wattle during the week after each Monday submission in weeks 4, 6, and 8
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Use VENSIM to construct and demonstrate understanding of simple feedback models
• Undertaken during workshop session and in your own time
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Assignment 2 (Group)
Use VENSIM to construct and demonstrate understanding of simple feedback models in a
group of three
• Undertaken workshop sessions as well as in own time
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2-5
Assignment 3 (Group)
Explore and understand the effect of various measures to affect climate change
• Undertaken workshop sessions as well as in own time
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Individual Oral Exam
To be held in the second week of the break and week 7
• You will select a 15-minute oral exam slot (schedule published by week 6)
• Questions may be asked on any aspect of the course covered up to and including week 6 of the
• Questions also conditioned by the quality and level of understanding demonstrated in your portfolio
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The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Renewable Energy, Photovoltaics
Prof Klaus Weber
Prof Klaus Weber