• Class Number 4252
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Xiaolin Wang
    • Dr Leah Moore
    • Dr Xiaolin Wang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Richard Zhang
SELT Survey Results

The ability to understand and manage the environmental impacts arising from the design and implementation of engineering systems is critical for environmental engineers. This course introduces several critical concepts and tools, including Life Cycle Analyses (LCA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) methods and the ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) framework. The course then provides an introduction for Engineers on environmental law in Australia, focusing on planning law, and pollution laws. Social, ethical, and political considerations are also covered. Finally, environmental economics methods to account for environmental impacts in monetary terms, the use of cost-benefit analyses and business case development are introduced. The course project provides an opportunity for students to apply and practice these skills and techniques on realistic scenarios. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the roles of scientific information, socio-political, economic, legal and participatory processes in different types of environmental assessments
  2. Understand and apply ethical considerations to environmental assessments
  3. Discern and apply appropriate tools and information to develop and critically evaluate different types of environmental assessments  
  4. Develop and evaluate business cases and cost-benefit analyses for a range of engineering projects, corporations and regions.
  5. Work effectively in a multidisciplinary team to develop Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Management Systems and and environmental reports for a range of projects, corporations and regions.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will incorporate examples based on recent developments in pertinent engineering to demonstrate the wide applicability of Life Cycle Assessment and the environmental impacts of systems. Guest lectures will be delivered.

Field Trips

Ginninderry is an innovative and sustainable community of residents. A tour will be provided for the environmental management of this project.

Examination Material or equipment

The allowed items in the exam are course handouts, student notes, assignments and solutions, and a non-programmable calculator.

Required Resources

Outline Programs and Courses and Wattle page

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.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction, Australian Environmental Laws
2 Prepare a P-EMP Background Statement Competency-based task 1 
3 Environmental Risk Frameworks and C-EMPs Competency-based task 2 
4 Implementing an EMS, Monitoring and Report Competency-based task 3
5 Project Cost Benefit Analysis and the Triple Bottom Line Project 1 presentation
6 Introduction to LCA, LCA Goal and Scope
7 Life Cycle Inventory Analysis Competency-based task 4 
8 Life Cycle Inventory Analysis 2 Guest lecture 1
9 Life Cycle Impact Assessment Competency-based task 5
10 LCA Interpretation Competency-based task 6
11 Ginninderry tour (Guest lecture 2) Guest lecture 2
12 Project 2 presentation In-class practical/theory exam

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Competency-based task 30 % 1-5
Project reports and presentations 30 % 1-5
Exam 40 % 1-5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Participation in lectures and workshops is not mandatory. However, unjustified absence in final exam will automatically result in a 0 mark, and absence in workshops with competency-based tasks may incur late submission and late return of the assessment.


In-class practical/theory exam will be conducted in Week 12.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Competency-based task

6 competency-based tasks in week 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, and 10. Each accounts for 5%. For details please refer to the Wattle site (https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=41877) and the Syllabus document.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Project reports and presentations

Two individual projects with reports (10%) and presentation (5%) each. Report due in Week 5 and 12 with a presentation. For details please refer to the Wattle site (https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=41877) and the Syllabus document.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5


In-class practical/theory exam will be conducted in Week 12. For details please refer to the Wattle site (https://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=41877) and the Syllabus document.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

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.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

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.

Late Submission

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.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Returning Assignments

Marks and feedback are provided in a week after online submission for project reports and competency-based tasks on Wattle. In-class feedback is provided for competency-based tasks.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not required.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Research Interests

Building energy systems, Solar heating and cooling, Phase change thermal storage, CO2 hydrate-based thermal storage/carbon capture/desalination, Gas hydrate thermodynamics and kinetics

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Thursday 16:00 17:00
Thursday 16:00 17:00
Dr Leah Moore

Research Interests

Building energy systems, Solar heating and cooling, Phase change thermal storage, CO2 hydrate-based thermal storage/carbon capture/desalination, Gas hydrate thermodynamics and kinetics

Dr Leah Moore

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Research Interests

Dr Xiaolin Wang

Thursday 16:00 17:00
Thursday 16:00 17:00
Richard Zhang

Research Interests

Richard Zhang

Friday 15:00 16:00

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