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Sustainable Design Education to Meet the Ever-Changing Worlds of Civil Engineering

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Oliver Heidrich, Dr Neil Thorpe


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This paper presents case studies for best practice from two universities from the United Kingdom that deliver sustainable design education. The case studies presented here are integral to the curriculum design and delivery of a module by the title ‘Sustainable Construction’ offered to the first year undergraduate students registered at Teesside University and another, multidisciplinary design module called ‘Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems2 (DSES2)’ offered to the second year civil engineering students at Newcastle University. The academic institutions that have sincere intentions of imparting intellectual and technical capabilities consistent with sustainable design (SD) must invest in creating learning environments that are appropriate for sustainable design education. The universities owning the modules presented in this paper have recognized the challenges associated with the delivery of SD skills among their students. This appreciation of the difficulties led them to innovate and as a result they were able to introduce novel changes to the curriculum delivery of civil engineering programmes. The authors for this paper have been using a range of different pedagogic strategies including problem-based, design-based and self-directed learning methods in their efforts to deliver SD concepts. Particular attention is paid to the epistemic methods that are transferable in nature and can be implemented by other academic institutions delivering sustainable design education to their students from science and engineering degree programmes

Publication metadata

Author(s): Vemurya CM, Heidrich O, Thorpe N

Editor(s): Col. Dr. Jeppiaar

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: The International Conference on Sustainable Technologies in Buildings and Environment

Year of Conference: 2015