Integrating Sustainability into Civil Engineering Education: Curriculum Development & Implementation

Sinnott, Derek and Thomas, Ken (2012) Integrating Sustainability into Civil Engineering Education: Curriculum Development & Implementation. In: 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education, July 2012, The University of Sheffield..


The role of the civil engineer as a specialist, expert or generalist in society is constantly evolving to meet the changing demands of government and industry to achieve a global sustainable world. Consequently, it is imperative that third level institutions meet the challenge of embedding sustainability into curriculum, providing students with generic competencies required for future employment. ; ; This paper describes the development and implementation of a curriculum for a new level 8 degree in Sustainable Civil Engineering in Ireland. The programme maintains the core outcomes essential for a civil engineering degree, reinforced by programme accreditation, while providing engineering graduates of tomorrow with the new technical and non-technical competencies to become active drivers for sustainable global innovation. The paper outlines how a number of complexities, including limited resources, lower enrolment figures and a changing student demographic were addressed to attract prospective students and provide quality assurance

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