MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING SUSTAINABILITY - 2020/1

Module code: ENGM294

Module Overview

The human race is transiting from an era of material plenty where material supply and disposal has not been an issue. With the global population now exceeding 7.7 billion, with a rising global affluence and increased environmental awareness it is evident that this era is now coming to an end. Sustainable use of materials means living in this altered environment, where our society is reliant on water, energy and materials in order to maintain quality of life, without compromising that of future generations. This module will build on earlier modules to provide a deeper understanding of materials extraction and processing, product design, manufacturing and materials recovery in the context of sustainability. Alongside this it will equip participates with tools to quantifiably evaluate the materials choices made with respect to their environmental and sustainability impact.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

DOREY Robert (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG3164 Engineering Materials

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Extraction and refinement of materials
• Manufacturing of materials
• Recovery of materials
• Design for recovery
• The circular economy
• Sustainability tools
• Corporate responsibility and ethics

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework Assessment 30
Examination Exam 2 hours 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the module.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Assignment [learning outcomes 2, 3 & 5]; 16 hours 

• Examination [learning outcomes 1, 4]; 2 hours

The formative assessment for this module consist of:

• Multiple choice on-line test

Feedback will be provided via multiple routes:

• Verbal feedback will be provided in tutorials and within lectures

• Written feedback will be provided on the coursework assignment

• Written feedback is provided on the multiple choice test formative assessments

Module aims

  • To build on previous modules to develop an understanding of the non-fiscal costs of producing advanced materials and engineering products
  • To provide an introduction to designing for sustainability
  • To equip the participants with a tool kit for evaluating sustainability practices
  • To examine corporate, societal and individual responsibilities in the context of sustainability

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Summarise, compare and evaluate impacts of different manufacturing routes in terms of energy, water and material consumption and impacts. KC
002 Compare and contrast the sustainability tools and how choices in inputs can impact the final outputs KC
003 Propose design best-practice for ensuring effective material recovery at end of life KCP
004 Evaluate and assess the cradle to grave sustainability of manufacturing processes with reference to materials and design choices KCP
005 Communicate recommendations for manufacturing and materials sustainability PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 104

Lecture Hours: 35

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce and develop an understanding of sustainability as it relates to materials, design and manufacturing. This is achieved through lectures, tutorial classes and online resources, as well as formative assessment. 

The learning and teaching methods include 3 hours of lectures per week for 11 weeks, 1 hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks • 2 hours of revision lectures • Assignment work

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, flipped learning, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING SUSTAINABILITY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm294

Other information

none

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Aerospace Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.