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This subject is the capstone for the Environmental System major in the Bachelor of Science. It addresses the major steps in environmental engineering design using the systems approach and builds on knowledge gained in subjects including Engineering Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics and Earth Processes for Engineering and assumes a familiarity with concepts of sustainability and engineering systems.
Engineering systems are often highly complex, especially environmental systems which are often not well understood. Engineering design of models of such systems pose significant challenges since the models typically involve a large number of decision variables (and therefore a large number of potential solutions), multiple competing objectives and are often subject to various constraints.
Factors that influence the design process include logical problem formulation which facilitates a systematic approach to problem solution, analysis of the model to identify optimal design solutions and investigation of model performance. The final decision-making process can be further complicated by the fact that different stakeholders may have different or conflicting preferences.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Apply systems approach to solve environmental engineering problems.
- Critically evaluate complex engineering design problems.
- Assess the impact of simulation models and optimisation algorithms in solving engineering problems.
- Apply simulation models and optimisation algorithms to solve engineering problems
- Critically evaluate complex engineering decision-making process.
- Make well-justified decisions considering multiobjective tradeoffs and/or different stakeholders' preferences.
- Competence in critical thinking in identifying, formulating and solving engineering problems.
- Competence in independent thinking in making decisions based on best available information.
- Ability to synthesise information and ideas to assist decision-making.
- Ability to work effectively, as an individual as well as part of a team.
- Ability to communicate effectively, including written, oral and listening.
- Ability to manage time, tasks and group dynamics effectively in order to meet submission deadlines and requirements.
- Life-long learning skills.
Last updated: 27 November 2023