Environmental Engineering Design

Subject 421-522 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 8 lectures, 36 tutorial/practice classes; One one-day site visit; Non-contact time commitment: 84 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Graham Moore
Subject Overview: General issues relating to environmental engineering design including engineering design methodology; systems and optimisation; application of economic analysis; environmental and social considerations; sustainable development; environmental impact statements and assessments; public participation; and design projects, analysis and presentation of large data sets.
Assessment: Four written reports not exceeding a total of 60 pages (inclusive of diagrams, tables, computations and computer output, and input from team colleagues) (85%). Present one seminar on sustainable development in design (15%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion, candidates should be able to:
  • use a spreadsheet to calculate and present descriptive statistics on time series of hydrologic data;
  • calculate, using Fourier analysis, a function to represent a time series of data;
  • develop equations between one dependent and several independent variables of a time series and present an analysis of the errors between the data and the equations;
  • apply the data analysis techniques to a design problem;
  • take a general statement of an engineering problem and articulate it in terms of objectives, criteria and constraints amendable to application of engineering analysis and design;
  • identify the key variables relevant to the design problem and scope the order of magnitude constraints on the solution;
  • implement at least one method of idea generation;
  • list the features of at least several methods of public participation in developing solutions to engineering design;
  • apply at least two methodologies for assessing competing solutions to a problem that have economic, technical, environmental and social aspects;
  • demonstrate an ability and willingness to participate in resource sharing, group problem solving and document production;
  • conduct and present a sensitivity analysis on a multi-parameter mathematical model of some aspect of the problem;
  • produce a professionally presented report outlining their achievements in proposing a solution to a moderate size problem.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Technologies
Master of Energy Studies
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Utilities Management
Master of Water Resource Management

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