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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Sustainable Development & Industry

Unit code CHEN31201
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will provide an introduction to sustainable development, covering a wide range of sustainability issues in different industrial sectors (such as energy, food and chemicals). Students will consider various technologies and will learn about different methods of assessing sustainability, including how to make decisions using complex data. Among others, the methods will include life cycle thinking and its practical application in Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting. Strategies for corporate sustainability will also be considered alongside the application of those strategies. Finally, students will explore ethics in an engineering context.



 The unit aims to:

- introduce the concept of sustainable development and various approaches to corporate sustainability

- introduce and demonstrate life cycle thinking

- demonstrate what companies can do at the practical level to become more sustainable


Learning outcomes


Students will be able to:

ILO 1.Explain the concept of sustainable development and its relevance to different engineering-related industrial supply chains.

ILO 2.Evaluate the sustainability of different products and processes.

ILO 3.Calculate carbon footprints and other life cycle environmental impacts.

ILO 4.Design more sustainable processes.

ILO 5.Argue evidence-based positions in ethically complex situations.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Guest lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Small-group problem-solving
  • Interactive discussion/debate sessions

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Laurence Stamford Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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