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CME8037 : Sustainable Design and Manufacture I

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Lecturer: Professor Catherine Biggs, Dr Sue Haile, Mr John Dalton
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques that may be used to implement design for more sustainable products and processes.

To introduce the principles of cleaner design and manufacture, the concepts and methodology used in Design for the Environment and the requirement for a holistic view of the sustainability of products and services.

Outline Of Syllabus

Needs for Sustainable products and processes History of clean design and manufacture, green claims and green marketing: Product and system based techniques, such as, Eco-efficiency, Natural Step, LCA, Industrial Ecology, ENVOP, Biomimicry, Decision making in Design. Taught through the use of lectures and workshops.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Preparation of report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:202:20Exam and presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops29:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00group learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:4016:40Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge and concepts of Clean Design and Manufacture are taught in lectures, through discussion and use of videos. Case study based workshops and practical exercise allow the students to evaluate and understand the limitations and applications of tools and techniques in practice.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70N/A
Oral Presentation201M20Group oral presentation and minutes of meetings
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Individual self-reflective report (approx. 1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge is assessed by formal examination and understanding of the practical applications of Clean Design and Manufacture are assessed through participation in workshops and other assessment.

Reading Lists