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INTR9005 - Sustainability in Engineering

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Title:Sustainability in Engineering
Long Title:Sustainability in Engineering
Module Code:INTR9005
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: MARY MOLONEY
Module Description: This module familiarises engineers with the principles of sustainability within the global, national and local context. This module will equip the learner with the key tools to integrate sustainability aims into their work, through sustainable design strategy and evaluation techniques.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically assess the performance of a region or enterprise in working towards sustainability, using contemporary analysis methodologies
LO2 Critique the role of an enterprise or a project in achieving sustainability
LO3 Evaluate the sustainability of engineered products or outcomes (such as infrastructure, products, physical networks or manufacturing processes)
LO4 Assign financial measures to evaluate the full cost of impacts
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Global, National and Local Sustainability Agenda, Governance Framework
Sustainable development - evolution of concept. Global, national and local context. Sustainability indicators. Policies and programmes at national, regional and local level to promote sustainability. Preventive elements of legislation. Measurement principles and indicators of sustainability, methodological frameworks, measurement tools and reporting standards. Evolution of corporate behaviour from reactionary to cleaner production and eco-design, to corporate social responsibility and sustainable service systems.
Sustainable Design Techniques
Design and sustainability, design tools and strategies (such as strategic environmental assessment, environmental risk assessment, product life cycle assessment, management systems, design for environment, cumulative energy demand, carbon footprinting, resource efficiency, cleaner production, etc.). Application to physical networks (e.g. road network, wastewater treatment); materials (e.g. renewable materials); manufacturing processes (e.g. polymers, waste minimisation); products (e.g. electrical equipment, wind turbines); energy (e.g. usage, source and distribution); and product-service systems (e.g. transportation).
Environmental Economics
Techniques to apply financial measures: environmental management accounting. Life cycle costing. Activity based costing. Internalisation of external costs (e.g. transport impacts in a globalised economy); improvement measures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Assessment of performance of an enterprise, a region or a project in delivering sustainable development 1,2,3 30.0 Week 4
Project Critically appraise the sustainability of a chosen project or product under a number of criteria and propose suitable improvements or enhancements in key areas 2,3,4 70.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial Tutorial 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial Tutorial 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Peter Brandon and Patrizia Lombardi 2010, Evaluating Sustainable Development in the Built Environment, 2nd Ed. Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9781405192583]
  • Begum Sertyesilisik and Ahmed Al Shamma'a 2015, The Sustainable Built Environment - Technical, Managerial, Legal and Economic Aspects, 1st Ed. Ed., Macmillan IHE London [ISBN: 9780230314443]
  • Adisa Azapagic and Slobodan Perdan 2011, Sustainable Development in Practice - Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, 2nd Ed. Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9780470718728]
  • Karel Mulder 2006, Sustainable Development for Engineers, 1st Ed. Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9781874719199]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • United Nations Division for Sustainable Development 2001, Environmental Management Accounting - Procedures and Principles
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECHBI_9 Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 1 Elective
CR_CCEEE_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 7 Mandatory
CR_EMENG_9 Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Elective
CR_CSTEN_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 7 Mandatory
CR_CCOPM_9 Master of Science in Construction Project Management 1 Mandatory
CR_CCNPM_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Construction Project Management 1 Mandatory

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