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ES4A8 - Design for Sustainability

  • Module code: ES4A8
  • Module name: Design for Sustainability
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Ecological and ‘green’ constraints weigh significantly on engineering designers already and these pressures are likely to increase very significantly during the careers of today’s students. This module examines the need for significant change in the design philosophy employed in industrialised manufacture and civil construction in terms of energy and resource use. It then examines responses to those pressures including legislation and standards, alternative processes and materials and design for resource economy at small and large scale.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Recognise the significance and importance of material resource and energy limitations to professional design engineers; Identify the primary energy and resource loads in modern industrial societies and the environmental effects of satisfying these demands on the Earth’s ecological and mineral systems; Suggest lower energy and resource demanding materials and technologies for small scale products and large scale projects; Outline the main procedures and methods used in life cycle analysis and identify likely difficulties with the process; Understand the significance of environmental law and other standards for large and small businesses; Understand the effect of engineering decisions on global warming, acid rain, ozone generation and resource depletion; Understand the effect of location, orientation and form on environmental economies, adaptability and flexibility of use or reuse; Design to minimise the effects of construction and deconstruction on land take, waste and pollution.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn. This module includes 30 hours of lectures and a 8 hour site visit. Required self-study: 112 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/es4a8

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4A8-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 0%
Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 0%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 70%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H20B) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63B) - Year 4
Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 5
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33A) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33B) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33C) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37D) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 5
  • MEng Systems Engineering (HH63) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH64) - Year 5
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Year in Research (HH65) - Year 5