ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society
|Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Engineering & Surveying|
|School or Department :||Faculty of Engineering & Surveying|
|Version produced :||25 May 2013|
Examiner: Ian Craig
Moderator: David Thorpe
Engineering and spatial science students need to be able to forge successful working relationships with other professions and the general public. In order to meet their professional responsibilities, engineers and spatial scientists should acquire an appreciation of how politics, culture, economics and the law affect their day-to-day work, and how their work may impacts upon different sections of the community and the physical environment. They must have a broad appreciation of the technological advancements of the 20th century and how these have benefited, people but also appreciate the negative side including impacts on the environment. Engineers and spatial scientists must also be prepared to deal with a really important new goal now highly relevant in the 21st century – namely, that of environmental sustainability. The main rationale of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that would help them promote and defend their work within their profession and society at large.
Students of engineering and surveying need to understand and be convinced that through their future professional work they will relate to the rest of society. Throughout their careers they will need to strive to ensure that this relationship is meaningful and successful. Only then will they earn respect for themselves and their profession, and ensure their work will be valued and recognised. For engineers and surveyors to meet their responsibilities towards society they must be able to appreciate how politics, culture, economics and the law affect their work and how their work impacts on different sections of the community and the physical environment. They must also be prepared to deal with the issue of long-term sustainability. The goal of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that would help them promote and defend their work within their profession and within society at large.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Converse proficiently upon general knowledge and current affairs of the day;
- Appreciate the history of technology, assess the basis of common criticisms of modern technology, and associated benefits to human society;
- Understand the basic concepts behind environmental sustainability and justify the need to move towards more sustainable practices;
- Understand the concepts behind and be able to apply the principles of effective environmental impact assessment;
- Understand the role of politics, politicians, power and government and illustrate the political dimension of engineering and surveying activities;
- Acquire a basic knowledge of economics and profitability forecasting, be able to perform a simple Net Present Value (NPV) exercise using Excel spreadsheet, and assess the likely effects of economic policies on technological enterprises;
- Appreciate the relevance of social structures and cultural values and deduce the causal factors behind technological developments during different periods of human history;
- Propose strategies for working effectively in a multi-cultural environments, determine the relevance of social structure and cultural values to the engineering and surveying professions and demonstrate an awareness of the key factors that may influence the practice of engineering in an overseas country;
- Acquire a basic knowledge of the International and Australian the legal system and identify ethical and legal constraints that are most likely to concern professional engineers or surveyors;
- Examine the basic philosophies behind modern technological management management, identify and discuss conflicts between client and societal expectations and recognise the impacts of globalisation in engineering industries;
|1.||Introduction, general knowledge of current affairs, technology, sustainability, and social considerations including politics, economics, philosophy and law.||10.00|
|2.||History of technology, perspective from different civilisations, criticisms of technological development and cost to the environment.||10.00|
|3.||Sustainability, the environmental system and ecologically sustainable development.||10.00|
|4.||Environmental Impact Assessment, processes and procedures.||10.00|
|5.||Politics, the nature of power, role of government internationally and in Australia.||10.00|
|6.||The economy, economic theories and practice, global economy, taxation, tariffs, cost benefit analysis, net present value.||10.00|
|7.||Models of society, self-Interest versus community Interest, social structure, the social importance of work.||10.00|
|8.||Cultural Impacts – defining culture, understanding diversity, transcultural aspects.||10.00|
|9.||Law and regulation, the Australian legal system, international law, legal and ethical responsibilities||10.00|
|10.||Management concepts – managerial skills for engineers and spatial scientists, intellectual property, marketing, life cycle analysis, carbon accounting, ISO standards||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=03&subject1=ENG2002)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Johnston, S, Gostelow, P & Jones, E 1999, Engineering and society: an Australian perspective, 2nd edn, Longman, South Melbourne.
Students will need access to email and the Internet.
Dowling, D, Carew, A & Hadgraft, R 2010, Engineering your future – an Australian guide, 1st edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, QLD.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||100||10||13 Dec 2013|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||200||20||10 Jan 2014|
|2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION||700||70||End S3||(see note 1)|
- Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au/portal/custom/search/category/usq_document_policy_type/Student.1.html.
The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.
Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.
In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.
The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.
Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.
Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.
Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/default.htm