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INTR8017 - Sustainability Engineering

Title:Sustainability Engineering
Long Title:Engineering for Sustainability
Module Code:INTR8017
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2011/12 ( September 2011 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: NOEL DUFFY
Module Description: This module aims to provide a world view to engineers, whereby they will take a perspective on their impacts that is wider than technical or economic. It guides them to act as change agents for sustainability. An active learning approach will be followed, with major student participation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the evolution of energy technologies and their role in society.
LO2 Assess the economic impacts of an energy related activity.
LO3 Assess the impacts of an energy system.
LO4 Assess the sustainability strategy of a company, as described by their sustainability or corporate social responsibility report.
Pre-requisite learning
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

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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sustainability assessment of energy supply chains
Impacts of extraction (sourcing), generation, distribution and consumption of energy carriers. Tools e.g. environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment, eco-compass, etc. Identification of chain hot-spots. Sustainable design strategy.
Environmental economics
Economic dimension of sustainability. Environmental management accounting. Significance of project evaluation measures: time value of money based assessments; cost benefit analysis. Life cycle costing. Activity based costing. Internalisation of external costs.
Corporate and engineers leadership
Social dimension of sustainability. Evolution of corporate behaviour from end of pipe treatment, through cleaner production and eco-design to corporate social responsibility and sustainable product service systems. Corporate social responsibility. Sustainability reporting. Personal Code of ethics.
Technology innovation patterns
Contribution of technology to sustainability: culprit or saviour? Technology assessment as a tool. Scientific and technological progress - impact on economic, social and political structures. Drivers of technological change. Innovation processes. Innovation diffusion. Stakeholder analysis and trend analysis. Sustainable technologies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Assessement of the adequacy of a sustainability or corporate social responsibility report. 4 20.0 Week 9
Presentation Presentation of a group study on a specified topic, normally a scientific paper discussing aspects of innovation 1 20.0 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 60.0 End-of-Semester
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 Presentations and discussions 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Active learning exercises, conducted by students, led by lecturer 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Specified reading and exercises, possibly in groups 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student independent reading and exploration 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mulder, K. (Ed.), 2006, Sustainable development for engineers, Greenleaf [ISBN: 1874719195]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • United Nations Division for Sustainable Development 2001, Environmental managment accounting: procedures and principles, United Nations Division for Sustainable Development
  • Azapagic, A., & Perdan, S. 2011, Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, 2nd Ed Ed., Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 9780470718728]
  • Danish Environmental Protection Agency 2003, An introduction to life-cycle thinking and management, Danish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Maibach, M., et al 2007, Handbook on estimation of external costs in the transport sector, Ver. 1.0 Ed., CE Delft [ISBN: CE PUBLICATION NO. 07.4288.52]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Dept of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources 2007, Delivering a sustainable energy future for Ireland: 2007 - 2020
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers 2002, Sustainable Development Progress Metrics - recommended for use in the process industries
  • EC Joint Research Centre 2007, Well-to-Wheels analysis of future automotive fuels and powertrains in the European context, Ver 2c
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 8 Mandatory
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective

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