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Humanitarian Engineering Elective and Core courses

In ARTS2755, you will gain a critical knowledge of the core vocabulary and approaches common in global development today. ‘Empowerment’, ‘participation’, ‘social inclusion’, ‘resilience’ ‘justice’: we all know that we want to achieve these ideals, but what do they mean and how are they operationalized in practice?

The course provides students with the strategies to stay up to date with the ever-shifting terrain of development practice, and develop the sensibilities to work effectively with a range of development partners. Students will be able to deepen their understanding of core development practices while gaining the foundational knowledges and skills to work effectively, ethically and sensibly in the Global South.

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ENGG3001 enables engineers to analyse and design infrastructure and appropriate technology to support the well-being and welfare of individuals and communities in disadvantaged circumstances. This includes those in Low and Middle income countries as well as marginalised or remote communities in Australia.

The course provides students with frameworks to analyse and respond to complex multidisciplinary engineering problems. The concept of appropriate technology and capacity building are fundamental to this course. It provides context to the planning and design of infrastructure and technology in areas such as water and waste management, energy supply and distribution, disease outbreak, assistive technologies, and provides a series of case studies to illustrate humanitarian engineering principles.

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MINE3910 provides a comprehensive and practical understanding of the impacts, both positive and negative, that mining may have on society and the environment.

On completion of the course, students should be capable of demonstrating of legal and political context of mining in Australia; principles of Sustainable Development; company-based initiatives in environmental management; state of the art techniques in environmental management of mine sites; and major issues associated with social/community impacts of mining in Australia and Internationally. 

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CEIC4000 will provide you with an in-depth look at how much change we need to have a 'sustainable world'. We hear every day about the destruction of forests, plastic in the oceans and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We hear that we all need to change, because our current lifestyles are unsustainable: eat less meat, drive less car, recycle our plastic and compost our food waste. What should engineers do to help us achieve it, and why?

Students will be able to take an in-depth look at a sustainability issue that they are passionate about: its causes, consequences and implications. Students will start to develop an understanding of the way our society, economy and environment interact, to make sense out of chaotic and rapidly changing world; and develop your ability to use ethical thinking. 

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ENGG4102 provides students with the opportunity to respond to a real world problem through the design and construction of engineering solutions in humanitarian contexts. 

Guided by external development and humanitarian agencies, students work on a humanitarian related challenge and present their solutions at the end of the course. Projects in this course have evolved into humanitarian trips with partner Non-governmental organisations overseas and continued engagement by the students. 

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ENGG4103 provides understanding and preparation in international humanitarian response within the context of humanitarian practice for Engineers.

Students build on their humanitarian learnings to date and apply them, to real-world emergency and relief situations in partnership with RedR Australia. RedR prepares and deploys skilled people to help communities and government agencies plan, prepare, rebuild and recover before, during and after crises and conflict. Successful completion of the activities results in RedR accreditation of the participant.

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Did you know that you can change the world by changing how you act at home? Have you ever thought about the link between individual health, the economy and the environment? What is more likely to change the world – technology or policy?

FOOD4104 will directly address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of Food and Health Security facing different populations in the world both at the micro (household) and macro (population, country) levels. The scope will include both micro (household) and macro (population, country) levels. Students will learn about topics such as sustainable agricultural systems/production to meet the food availability requirements for populations; effects of climate change on food and nutrient availability, role of food science and technology in crisis scenarios such as natural disasters and pandemics/epidemics.

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CVEN4701 enables engineers to analyse and design sustainable infrastructure to support the needs of regional economies and populations.

Projects involve students working in teams to design and delivery integrated sustainable solutions focused on water and waste management, transport and energy supply and distribution. Technical outcomes need to accommodate social, cultural, health and environmental concerns.

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SOLA5056 guides students to develop and apply their skills and approaches for assessing, designing and specifying sustainable rural energy projects. 

Students may work on real-world projects, which provide an introduction to many of the technical and non-technical challenges of delivering energy services in developing countries. Project work includes the collection of data, designing and specifying systems, building appropriate technical and economic models and project planning. There is an emphasis on understanding context, appropriate design and technology selection, implementation models and capacity building for sustainable projects. 

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Undertake your fourth-year thesis research in the area of Humanitarian Engineering.

Find out what topics are available and potential supervisors!

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