Sustainable Engineering Practice - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Group Project - Teamwork & Design in Eng. (40%) , Portfolio - Professional Dev. in Eng. (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit will introduce you to a variety of areas in sustainable and professional engineering, including: the role of the professional engineer, characteristics of modern engineering disciplines, historical and modern trends in engineering practice, graduate attributes of engineering professionals, career management skills, critical analysis and reflective practice, principles of sustainable engineering, professional ethics, principles of sustainable development, effective teamwork, culture and diversity issues including Indigenous protocols, team roles, evaluation of team performance, engineering report writing, effective presentations, and locating and using information and referencing.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the various discipline areas of engineering and the role of the engineer in modern society
  2. locate, evaluate, use and present information from a range of sources to develop a coherent argument which is correctly referenced
  3. demonstrate the socio-cultural, political, environmental and economic contexts in which engineering is practised
  4. identify important attributes of engineering graduates and use them to evaluate their own personal strengths and weaknesses
  5. identify the characteristics of effective interdisciplinary teams; develop their ability to successfully contribute to a diverse team and to evaluate their own and other team member contributions
  6. apply ethical standards and sustainability principles in solving engineering problems.
  • Group Project — Teamwork & Design in Eng. (40%)
  • Portfolio — Professional Dev. in Eng. (30%)
  • Report — Cultural Diversity & Eng. (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.
  • Broadband access — Recommended

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to course and sustainable design
2Major project management and planning introduction
3Engineering communication
4Indigenous communities and sustainability
5Careers in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering
6Wind power
7Green building
8Water sustainability
9ePortfolio development
10Working in teams
11Project delivery and presentation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Engineering Your Future an Australasian Guide 2E +


    ISBN: 9781118389287


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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