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 tutorial 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:On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the critical sustainability challenges for the 21st century.
- Identify the wider impacts of engineering and technological innovation on the environment and society.
- Apply advanced concepts and techniques associated with the dynamics of complex systems to engineering design and innovation.
- Anticipate unintended outcomes of engineering decisions in the context of highly non-linear systems.
- Use Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM) to negotiate engineering approaches that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
- Reflect on and analyse examples of complex non-linear systems drawn from prior experience.
- Individual Portfolio (40%)
- Group Modelling Projects (30%)
- Peer Feedback and Quizzes (15%)
- Oral Exam (15%)
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WorkloadThis course is run in a compressed format, with a higher than average weekly workload for eight weeks of the semester. During this time, the weekly workload is comprised of a 2 hour seminar, 1-2 hour workshop, and 6-10 hours of individual study and completion of assessment.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5457||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|