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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...  Demonstrate advanced understanding of the significance and importance of material resource and energy limitations to professional design engineers.  Evaluate and criticize 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.  Systematically apply 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.  Critically assess the significance of environmental law and other standards for large and small businesses.  Evaluate the effect of engineering decisions on global warming, acid rain, ozone generation and resource depletion.  Show systematic understanding of 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

30x1 hrs lectures; 8 hours of site visit. Total of 38 hours.

Departmental link

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

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples). Students are required to pass both exam and coursework elements »40%

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4A8-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Case Study Group Presentation 10%
  Case Study Group Presentation Peer Assessment 0%
  Group Report 20%
  Group Report Peer Assessment 0%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 70%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 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 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 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