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Teaching sustainable solutions in engineering

Teaching sustainable solutions in engineering The increasing societal and industrial emphasis on sustainability requests that the next generation engineers needs to be trained in the context of sustainability. One of the means to address students at DTU is the establishment of a course aimed at bachelor students from all of the university's study lines. The objectives of the course `Sustainability in engineering solutions', is for the participants to understand the basic concept of sustainability and its three dimensions (people, profit, planet), as well as to analyse problems and synthesise solutions that are sustainable throughout their life cycle. The course runs over a full time 3-week period and employs projectbased learning with several subprojects/-problems. This paper takes an in-depth discussion of the considerations concerning how to teach such a complicated subject to students of widely differing backgrounds, and reflects both the teachers' and the students' experiences with the course. Keywords: engineering education; curriculum; sustainability; project-based learning; integrating sustainability; core elements; learning objectives; pedagogical principles; bachelor; diversity of students; real-life challenges. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Olsen, S.I., Nielsen, S.B., Ejlertsen, M.L. and McAloone, T. (2015) `Teaching sustainable solutions in engineering', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9, No. 2, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

Teaching sustainable solutions in engineering

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Publishers
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2015.068788
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Abstract

The increasing societal and industrial emphasis on sustainability requests that the next generation engineers needs to be trained in the context of sustainability. One of the means to address students at DTU is the establishment of a course aimed at bachelor students from all of the university's study lines. The objectives of the course `Sustainability in engineering solutions', is for the participants to understand the basic concept of sustainability and its three dimensions (people, profit, planet), as well as to analyse problems and synthesise solutions that are sustainable throughout their life cycle. The course runs over a full time 3-week period and employs projectbased learning with several subprojects/-problems. This paper takes an in-depth discussion of the considerations concerning how to teach such a complicated subject to students of widely differing backgrounds, and reflects both the teachers' and the students' experiences with the course. Keywords: engineering education; curriculum; sustainability; project-based learning; integrating sustainability; core elements; learning objectives; pedagogical principles; bachelor; diversity of students; real-life challenges. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Olsen, S.I., Nielsen, S.B., Ejlertsen, M.L. and McAloone, T. (2015) `Teaching sustainable solutions in engineering', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9, No. 2,

Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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