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Embedding
sustainability in to the
Civil Engineering
curriculum: a design
-
based approach





Tom Bramald

Senior Teaching Associate


Prof. Stephanie Glendinning

Dr. Jaime Amezaga


Programmes


H290


MEng


Civil Engineering


H200


BEng


Civil Engineering



H242


MEng

Civil and Structural Engineering


H210


BEng

Civil and Structural Engineering



Joint Board of Moderators Accredited


Civil Engineers


Structural Engineers


Transport Engineers




Drivers and Process


Started in 2007


Research informed teaching


Large and diverse staff
profile


Meeting (and surpassing)
accreditation targets


Realise

an ambition


Embed not “tag on”


Paradigm and Provision
(Sterling, 2004)







Strategy Group


Professoriate
-
led


External Review


Academic


Industrial


Staff consultation and
engagement


External Funding


Royal Academy of
Engineering









Sterling, S. HE,
Sustainbility

and the role of systemic learning in
Corcoran &
Wals

(ed.) (2004)
Higher Education and the Challenge
of Sustainability
. Kluwer

Thematic Structure

New
Programme

-

Extract



DSES

Credits

Modelling and
Information
systems (PDG)

Credits

Infrastructure
Systems

Credits

Environmental
Systems

Credits

Human and
Management
Systems

Credits

Stage
1

Design of
Sustainable
Engineering
Systems
1

20


Engineering
Mathematics 1

20


Engineering
Mechanics and
Materials

20

Environmental
Systems

10

Human System
Demands and
Impacts

10



Geographic
Information
Systems


10

Fluid Mechanics

10

Geotechnical
Properties of
Soils and Rocks

10



















Engineering
Surveying 1

10





Stage
2

Design of
Sustainable
Engineering
Systems 2

30


Engineering
Informatics


10

Structural
Analysis


10

Treatment of
Water and
Wastewater

10

Land Traffic
and Highways

10





Statistics and
Numerical
Methods for
Civil Engineers

10


Steel &
Concrete
Structures

10







Engineering
Surveying 2

10

Geotechnics


10



Hydraulics


10


External Review


Bill
Powrie
, Southampton


our
proposal was up
-
to
-
date, exciting and
novel


we
had put our finger on what was needed
-

an
excellent
proposal



Colin Bailey, Manchester


our
vision was excellent, and that it would definitely
attract 18 year olds to come and study civil
engineering at
Newcastle


it
would become what defines a Newcastle
graduate

Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1


Two projects


Semester 1


Small groups


Theory to practice



Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1


Two projects


Semester 1



Semester 2


Larger groups


Industry
-
led project


Sustainability principles


Detail:


SUDS


Transport


Space




Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 1

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Governance
Transport and Connectivity
Services
Environmental
Economy
Housing and Built Environment
Social and Cultural
Average Rank (Community)
Average Rank (Civil Engineer)
Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3


Masterplanning

of the Science Central site



A spatial layout including the buildings and transport layout,
plus:


Sustainability framework


Geotechnical Appraisal


Surface water plan


Environmental Statement


Carbon footprint appraisal






Student Quotes

……
the sustainability framework concepts were a useful
approach
……


……
we now have an appreciation of the very complex and
conflicting issues surrounding design
……


……
we have enjoyed the application of the sustainability
issues in real case examples
……



the input from industry offered a much wider insight to
employment opportunities available……


Interdisciplinarity

and Sustainability

Jones
et al.
2010. More than the sum of their
parts? In Jones
et al.

2010.
Sustainability
Education Perspectives and Practice across
higher education
.
Earthscan
.

Sustainability


Normative
Dimensions

Ontological Dimensions


Interdisciplinarity


Epistemological Dimensions

Methodological Dimensions

Stibbe

& Luna. 2009. Introduction. In
Stribbe

(ed.)
The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy:
Skills for a changing world
. Green Books.

Assessment
-

examples

S1 Design


Groups write their own Sustainability Charter

S1




Essay


demands and impacts of a CE project


why not how

S2 Design


Using Government standard assessment tools

S3 Design


Produce their own Sustainability framework + evaluate

S3




Critique SD in UK, Developing, and Developed Countries



Changing scale


Changing context


The virtue of embedding rather than “tagging on” …



Where are we now?

Glendinning
et al
.

Embedding sustainability into the Civil Engineering
Curriculum


a design based approach

Bramald
et al.

Exploring first year undergraduates’ perceptions of
conflicting parameters and complexity in civil engineering through
three different learning
experiences

Plus others including student paper competitions …


A USP for us … Design
-
centric, sustainability approach is part of our
positioning for recruitment



A USP for our students … Feedback suggest that the design tasks and
sustainability challenges are helping at interview




Where are we going?


Opportunities to use the campus and Science Central more?


Starting … flood risk


Ensure currency of design projects


Maintain the industry
-
led approach


But … balance/manage
the relationship with employers


Delivery mechanisms


PEARL project


Constructionarium