- Code ENGN4903
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Engineering, Design
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The design of infrastructure systems can have significant positive and negative environmental impacts. Across its construction, operation and retirement, contemporary infrastructure must be designed to consider the environment, not just on a local scale but nationally and internationally. This course will consider the impacts of design decisions on large- and small-scale infrastructure across all stages of the life-cycle. Infrastructure design to support significant transitions such as zero-carbon, -emissions, and -waste will be explored along with design can build resilience to external shocks for infrastructure. Case studies across key sectors including energy, waste, transport and buildings in urban and rural settings will be used to investigate the application of design principles and the impacts of decisions. Various design approaches will be introduced to explore the role of design and decision-making to ensure positive environmental impacts from infrastructure systems. These include sustainable infrastructure design, green building design, cradle-to-cradle design, bio-mimicry, regenerative design, and design with country. This course will provide an important focus on indigenous perspectives and contributions to this field of study. Students will be able to draw on course materials that provide diverse gender, cultural, and geographical perspectives on these topics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and critique a range of sustainable design approaches suitable for infrastructure design
- Describe and critique current and proposed engineering transitions
- Select and apply design approaches to develop sustainable infrastructure
- Design and evaluate infrastructure for its environmental impact
- Reflect on the impact of design decisions on the sustainability of infrastructure across the life-cycle
Course will be offered from Semester 2, 2023 onwards.
- Workshop quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,5]
- Infrastructure design report (15) [LO 1,5]
- Team infrastructure design scope (15) [LO 1,2]
- Engineering transition presentation (20) [LO 2,5]
- Team infrastructure design report and presentation (30) [LO 3,4,5]
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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:
3-hr Design Workshop / week
Workshop preparation and pre-material / week
Independent research and assessment preparation
Engagement in teamwork activities
Information on inherent requirements for this course are currently not available.
Requisite and Incompatibility
ENGN4902 Understanding and Managing Environmental Impacts
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