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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE4103
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: MILLINGTON CA Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark ( %)


Systems Engineering Coursework






Sustainability Group Coursework






Qualifying Condition(s) 



A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module







Module Overview

This integrated module combines conceptual introduction to the fundamentals of systems engineering with examples of industrial application followed by the introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its industrial applications for sustainable development


Normal Entry Requirements for degree programmes in Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering

Module Aims
To introduce the students to systems thinking and creative problem solving methodology and their application in fundamental engineering design concepts
To introduce students to the environmental and social constraints that need to be considered by engineers and to put engineering in its global context and thereby to provide students with the conceptual understanding they will need to pursue professional careers.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to :
i)        Understand the basic methodology of creative problem solving using the systems approach
ii)       Recognise simple and complex systems, identify sub-systems and be familiar with
      fundamentals of systems integration in engineering process design
iii)     Demonstrate knowledge of the interactions and integration management between
      engineering (process) systems, environmental and bio-systems and socio-economic
      enterprise systems in sustainable development

Module Content

10 x 1 hour lectures supported by 10 x 1 hour tutorials covering the following
Review of the systems processes and the related tools and the techniques, systems thinking, creative problem solving ; simple and complex applications, problem identification techniques, quantitative decision making tools, systems cube concept and its applications
Introduction to optimisation, systems integration and strategy management, evaluation of system dynamics, engineering risk and benefit analysis
10 X 1 hour lectures having the following themes:
Introducing Sustainability
Total Factor Productivity
Maximum Sustainable Yield
Consumption: Ecological Footprint
Energy systems and sustainability
Economics and sustainability
Assessing sustainability
Practising sustainability
Case study

Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorials, 1.5 hour exam and 68.5 hours of independent learning


Total Student Learning Time: 100 hours


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading:
Sage AP and Armstrong JE Jr, “Introduction to Systems Engineering”, Wiley, 2000 (ISBN 047 10 27669)
Required Reading:  
Buede DM “The Engineering Design of Systems : Models and Methods, Wiley, 1999 (ISBN 047 12 82251)
Azapagic A, Perdan S and Clift R (eds.), Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, Wiley, 2004.
Kiely G, Environmental Engineering, McGraw-Hill, 1997. (ISBN 00770 91272)
Morse, S. (2010). Sustainability: A biological perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 288 pages. ISBN 978 0 52183 533 6. Copies will be made available in the restricted loan section of the library.
Short and targeted articles will be distributed during the semester
Recommended Reading:

Last Updated

30th September 2010