ENCN375-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Sustainable Engineering for a Changing Climate

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021

Description

Engineering within planetary boundaries. Social, cultural, and economic factors. Risk and systems. Engineering ethics. Case studies of mitigation and adaptation options.

Solving a problem like climate change requires an approach that considers the entire system. Not only do we have to integrate the elements of civil and natural resources engineering that you have so far learned, but we must also look beyond engineering. As society’s engineers we have the responsibility to be leaders in our community on policy discussions involving the built environment, we must be managers of risk in the face of what feels like overwhelming uncertainty, we must be stewards of our environment, and to achieve these we must be the integrators of technology, ideas, and people if we are to find appropriate solutions. Because of our problem-solving skills and understanding of technology, engineers are an essential and leading partner in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Therefore, the aim of this course is to enable you to tackle system-wide challenges, such as climate change. Such problems cannot be solved in isolation. Ultimately, due to the dire situation our communities face, we aim to enable and empower you to actively consider climate change in every aspect of your professional career.

Learning Outcomes

As civil and natural resources engineers, you will:

● Understand complex systems problems: the complex, multi-directional relationships between climate change, communities, and the engineer’s role

● Formulate and critically evaluate interventions into complex systems: strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change

● Act as kaitiaki–stewards of the natural environment–and act and communicate ethically and legally, with respect to the diversity of interests and people affected by climate change

● Understand how to manage risk and uncertainty

● Continually learn, integrate ideas and perspectives, and adapt as an engineer in a changing environment.

Pre-requisites

ENCN201 (for basics of engineering writing)

Restrictions

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
03 Tuesday 08:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
04 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre (21/7-11/8, 25/8, 15/9-20/10)
Haere-roa 118 Ngaio Marsh Theatre (18/8)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 A3 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
02 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
03 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
04 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
05 Thursday 08:00 - 10:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
06 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
2 Aug - 8 Aug
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
19 Jul - 25 Jul
02 Friday 10:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
19 Jul - 25 Jul
03 Monday 11:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
04 Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
05 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
06 Thursday 11:00 - 14:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
07 Friday 11:00 - 14:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
26 Jul - 1 Aug
Drop in Class B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
13 Sep - 19 Sep
02 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
13 Sep - 19 Sep
03 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
13 Sep - 19 Sep
04 Monday 12:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
05 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
06 Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
07 Thursday 11:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
08 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
09 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
02 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
03 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
04 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
05 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep
06 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab
20 Sep - 26 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tom Logan

Lecturer

Rebecca Peer

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
climate adaptation briefing 10%
Climate mitigation briefing 10%
Network analysis 15%
Risk assessment analysis 10%
Risk assessment report 25%
Systems engineering report 25%
Quizzes 5%


There are three main mechanisms for assessment in this course: quizzes, individual coding, and individual writing. There is no final exam. In light of this, we have distributed the workload for assessment across the semester.

All assessments will be due on Fridays by 5 pm with the exception of the risk assessment report (due Thursday by 5 pm). Late submissions will receive a penalty of 10% per day. Extension requests can be made to Tom (term 3) or Rebecca (term 4) for extenuating circumstances.

5.1 Quizzes (5%)
This course requires you to learn independently using lecture videos and occasionally assigned readings. To ensure you are following the course content, there will be short quizzes on the material covered each week (with the exception of week 12). The quizzes will be open for two weeks (e.g., week 1 quiz will close for attempts at the end of week 3) and can be attempted as many times as you like within that time. At the end of the course, we will drop your lowest quiz grade.

5.2 Coding assignments (25%)
You will complete two coding assignments in this course. The first is a quantitative risk assessment and the second is a network analysis.

5.3 Writing assignments (70%)
This course focuses heavily on critical thinking and your ability to understand and communicate complex topics. As such, there are 4 total writing assignments for this course.

5.3.1 Briefings
You will complete two short (maximum two pages) briefing papers, where you must provide a succinct, but complete summary on a given issue.

5.3.2 Reports
You will complete two reports. The first is a 10-page report (that will be used by ENCN301) about Christchurch’s exposure to sea level rise under climate change using results from your first coding assignment. The second is a 5-page report that requires you to integrate what you’ve learned throughout the course to assess a proposed new urban development in downtown Christchurch.

Notes

The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering recognises that its graduates need to be equipped with foundational knowledge of the major issues confronting global civilisation over the 21st century, among which climate change, population increase, economic and societal change. Further, students need to understand explicitly how their engineering skills translate into addressing these issues for the sustainability and betterment of their own careers and organisations they will work for, and for wider society. Sustainable Engineering for a Changing Climate will provide such a foundation and array of pathways for the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Third Year cohort.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 245

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENCN375 Occurrences

  • ENCN375-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021