Development of a problem-based learning elective in “green engineering”

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Increasingly there is awareness that the way human society is progressing may well cause problems for future generations (e.g. IPCC, 2007a,b,c). This is, of course, the basis for the sustainability movement. Green engineering, eco-technology and sustainable technology are all interchangeable terms for the design of products and processes which maximise resource and energy efficiency, minimise (or preferably eliminate) waste and cause reduced harm to the environment.

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e d u c a t i o n f o r c h e m i c a l e n g i n e e r s 3 ( 2 0 0 8 ) e15e21available at www.sciencedirect.comjournal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/eceDevelopment of a problem-based learning electivein green engineeringA.T. Harris , S. Briscoe-AndrewsLaboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW, 2006, Australiaa r t i c l ei n f oa b s t r a c tArticle history:Green engineering is the design of products and processes that maximise resource andReceived 25 September 2007energy efciency, minimise waste and cause reduced harm to the environment. In mod-Accepted 3 December 2007ern society, engineers equipped with the skills to develop these sustainable technologiesare particularly valuable. In 2004 the University of Sydney offered an elective course ingreen engineering for the rst time in Australia, during which students were introduced toKeywords:cutting edge examples of sustainable technologies relevant to chemical and biomolecularGreen engineeringengineering. Five assessable case studies were delivered using a problem-based learningProblem-based learning(PBL) methodology which involved substantial group work as well as self-directed learning.Sustainable technologyThis learning approach was a challenge for the majority of students who had not previouslybeen exposed to it. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In par

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