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Module

CME8065 : Recycling and Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Oila, Dr Oliver Heidrich
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of materials extraction, processing and recycling as a basis for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products to facilitate environmental sustainability.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mineral resources, reserves classification and distribution of resources, extraction and processing of minerals.
Circular economy and sustainable development.
Critical raw materials and factors affecting recycling.
Recycling technologies for metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composite materials.
Life cycle assessment techniques illustrated with case studies: wind turbines, electric cars, solar PV, mobile phones.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00non-synchronous lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Assessment preparation (Case Study)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00Online synchronous lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP Tutorials and computer software training sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study157:0057:00Formative tests and assimilating notes
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
Tutorials support the students' private-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions using computer software.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Case Study
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMTesting theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessments provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills.

The assignment enables a more realistic engineering problem to be considered and assesses the required information acquisition and software use skills. It also develops the ability to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin engineering design, in conjunction with a deeper knowledge and understanding in a specific subject area.

Reading Lists

Timetable