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ENE1621: Environmental engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Environmental engineering

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Introduce concepts of sustainable development, the demands of population and economic growth, industrialisation and urbanisation, energy demand and usage, and human environmental disturbance. Two environmental case studies will be covered in detail, designed to illustrate by way of example many of the considerations that underpin many environmental issues/conflicts/ethics. These are climate change and sustainable cities. The multi-disciplinary nature of environmental problems is emphasised together with the need to understand and communicate with other professional and community groups.


Continuous assessment: 50% Final assessment: 50% This unit contains a hurdle requirement that you must achieve to be able to pass the unit. You are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final assessment component. The consequence of not achieving a hurdle requirement is a fail grade (NH) and a maximum mark of 45 for the unit. 1 - Individual active learning tasks - 16% 2 - Individual assignment - 14% 3 - Major group project and presentation - 20% 4 - Final assessment - 50%


The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of 3-6 hours of scheduled learning activities and 6-9 hours of independent study per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher-directed learning, peer-directed learning and online engagement. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities.

Global challenges

Our Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, charts the path for how Monash will actively respond to climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities over the next decade. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Climate Change

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

1. No Poverty 2. Zero Hunger 3. Good Health and Well-Being 4. Quality Education 5. Gender Equality 6. Clean Water and Sanitation 7. Affordable and Clean Energy 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 12. Responsible Consumption and Production 13. Climate Action 14. Life Below Water 15. Life on Land 16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions 17. Partnerships for the Goals