Sustainable Engineering Practice

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Sustainable Engineering Practice unit from Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia introduces students to the essential skills needed for sustainable professional practice in the field of engineering.

Through a combination of course work, project work and interaction with industry, students study the role of the professional engineer, characteristics of modern engineering and historical and modern trends. Students also learn the key graduate attributes of a range of engineering professionals, career management skills, critical analysis, reflective practice, principles of sustainable engineering, professional ethics and principles of sustainable development. 

This unit focuses on effective teamwork, team roles, evaluation of team performance, locating and using information and referencing, engineering report writing and effective presentations, encouraging students to develop the necessary building blocks for a successful engineering career.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this engineering unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to course and sustainable design
  • Major project management and planning introduction
  • Engineering communication
  • Indigenous communities and sustainability
  • Careers in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering
  • Wind power
  • Green building
  • Water sustainability
  • ePortfolio development
  • Working in teams
  • Project delivery and presentation

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

By completing this unit, you will have the skills needed for sustainable professional practice in the field of engineering.

In particular, you will be able to understand the various roles within the field of engineering; research and analyse information from a range of sources to develop a coherent, correctly referenced argument; have a broad awareness of the different social and political contexts within which engineering is practiced; evaluate the attributes of engineering graduates and identify strengths and weaknesses; participate effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams; and apply ethical standards and sustainability principles in solving engineering problems. Such skills are critical for sustained and successful work within this diverse industry.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Sustainable Engineering Practice from the University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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