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This capstone subject involves an investigation and problem-solving project which will require students to apply a broad knowledge to realistic problems typical of what would be expected with employment in the environmental engineering industry. The subject revolves around the engineering education framework - CIDO: conceive, design, implement, operate, with the addition of 'monitor and evaluate'. Students will apply skills developed in other subjects to a single overarching project that will run through the entire semester, and demonstrate an ability to design sustainable engineering projects. Focusing on urban stormwater management, the project will require the students to develop a conceptual and quantitative model of a small-scale environmental engineering system (i.e. a biofiltration system). The students will then build and operate these systems and undertake monitoring and analysis of their behaviour to provide a critical appraisal of the original model. Having characterised the system, interpretation and evaluation of the impacts of a scaled up system on associated human and non-human stakeholders will form part of an evidence based report. Students will also be expected to critically evaluate the quality of their model, assumptions, data and analysis. The subject will be supported by specialised lectures and workshops.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Interpret, investigate and characterise an environmental engineering system
- Develop conceptual and quantitative models of the system; then build and monitor the system
- Use the models and statistical analysis of monitoring data to analyse the system and assess its interaction with other human and non-human systems
- Critically evaluate the output of the model and analysis
- Demonstrate competency in communicating technical issues in engineering reports.
- Select and apply a suited sustainability assessment framework, and critically interpret results with regard to the sustainability of an engineering project.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Ability to solve problems
- Ability to work within a team
- Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
- Project management and the ability to plan one's own work
- Improved written and oral communication
Last updated: 8 February 2023