Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sustainable Engineering

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will cover the following topics:
- An introduction to the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic, social);
- Environmental law and regulation;
- Energy, emissions, climate, air, water, and waste considerations;
- Risk and life cycle analysis frameworks for sustainability;
- Sustainable materials;
- Recovery and Recycling of Materials as part of the 6Rs;
- Design for Environment and Sustainability;
- Sustainable Product Design;
- Sustainability in manufacturing processes;
- Green technologies and buildings;
- Case studies in sustainable engineering.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit will provide a sound introduction on all of the basic issues pertaining to sustainable engineering. The student will acquire a strong appreciation of the importance of sustainability in all engineering endeavors.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the importance of applying a sustainability mindset to all engineering endeavors;
- Understand the interplay between the three pillars of sustainability - environmental, economic and social;
- Have a good awareness of environmental law and regulation;
- Discuss in considerable detail the engineering fundamentals of sustainability, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to apply sustainability principles to the design, development, production, distribution, use, maintenance, improvement, evaluation, and/or disposal of engineering products and systems.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Graedel and Allenby, "Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering", Pearson, 2010. ISBN: 9780136008064.
- Rob Thompson, "Sustainable Materials, Processes and Production", Thames and Hudson, 2013. ISBN 9780500290712.
- "Sustainable Engineering: Concepts, Design and Case Studies", by David T. Allen and David R. Shonnard, Prentice Hall, December 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0132756549 ISBN-10: 0132756544.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Project and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 No 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Simone Borg
Robert Ghirlando
Maurice Grech
Paul Refalo (Co-ord.)

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