Sustainability in Engineering Design and Manufacturing

Course Number: ENGRG 7560
Course Name: Sustainability in Engineering Design and Manufacturing (Online)
Course Description:    This course explores the engineering management systems and design frameworks necessary to understand the interrelated issues of environmental quality, sustainability principles, engineering best practices, and emerging manufacturing technologies. The engineering viewpoint of sustainability starts with the systems engineering life-cycle process and includes the systems design evaluation processes for producibility, maintainability, disposability, and life-cycle costing. Key supporting engineering management processes includes trade-off studies and risk-based decision making.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Engineering

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Apprise the "big picture" of product and systems design in order to develop systems that are socially useful, politically acceptable, technologically sound, and environmentally safe.
  • Defend the factors that can weigh in on a system's development which aren't purely technical, schedule, or cost-related.
  • Explain the importance of the technical and management processes involved with sustainable engineering and how they relate/interact with each other.
  • Support the need to balance the engineering aims for technical optimization with the need for client satisfaction, regulatory compliance, and the business sustainability goals.
  • Explain in detail a system's life-cycle – from requirements development, design and implementation, testing and evaluation, fielding and support, and, finally, disposal—and the methods and tools recommended for each of these phases.
  • Support the important components of sustainable engineering: the technical processes (i.e., logical analysis, design solution, integration, validation, etc.) and the technical management processes (risk management, configuration management, etc.) that go along with them.
  • Summarize the tactics, processes, procedures, and "best practices" for sustainable engineering as defined by professional organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), U.S. EPA, National Research Council (NRC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), U.N. pision of Sustainable Development (UNDSD), and so on.
  • Create a sustainability analysis and recommendation for a specific area of interest.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Introduction to Sustainable Systems Engineering
Overview

Unit 1 will help you see the "big picture" of product and systems design. This broad perspective is necessary to develop systems that are socially useful, politically acceptable, technologically sound, and environmentally safe.

You will also develop an understanding of the many factors that can weigh in on a system's development that aren't purely technical, schedule, or cost-related.

Unit 2: The Sustainable Engineering Design Frameworks
Overview

Unit 2 explains the importance of the technical and management processes involved with sustainable engineering and how they relate/interact with each other.

This unit reinforces the need to balance the engineering aims for technical optimization with the need for client satisfaction, regulatory compliance, and the business sustainability goals.

Unit 3: The Design Management for Sustainable Engineering
Overview

Unit 3 explains in detail a system's life-cycle from requirements development, to design and implementation, testing and evaluation, fielding and support, and disposal. It will also cover the methods and tools recommended for each of these phases.

The traditional engineering processes are the foundation components of sustainable engineering: the technical processes (i.e., logical analysis, design solution, integration, validation, etc.) and the technical management processes (risk management, configuration management, etc.) that go along with them.

Unit 4: Putting it all Together - Sustainability Implimentation - Final Paper Requirements
Overview

You must select one of the following sustainability analysis areas for your Final Paper:

  • Area 1 - Engineering Design for Sustainability in the Service Industry
  • Area 2 - Engineering Design for Sustainability in the Utility Industry
  • Area 3 - Engineering Design for Sustainability in the Construction Industry
  • Area 4 - Engineering Design for Sustainability for a Specific Manufacturing Sector (such as chemical, food, forest, metals, motor vehicles, and so on)

Your Final Paper must demonstrate both breadth and depth of understanding in what it takes to implement sustainable engineering in the selected area.
The content that you provide should apply to your current workplace responsibilities or area that you wish to move into. Your analysis must provide instruction on how to locate source materials and appropriately use the key skills in the various phases of the sustainable systems engineering frameworks and processes.

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Percentage
Discussion Activities (2 @ 5% each) 10%
Participation in Quizzes (12) 40%
Final Paper 25%
Final Exam 25%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale

A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%

 

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