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ES2531/ES1531/GET1021 Critical Thinking & Writing AY2019-20 Semester 1

Week 5 Tutorial 4

Tutorial Four

Engineering for Sustainability

Learning Objectives
By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to

 understand what it means to engineer for sustainability and apply this knowledge to
conceptualizing your own (team) research
 contribute positively to the project goal and decision making of the team.

Online Activities and Preparation (Required)


This section must be attempted before meeting your tutor and class in the face-to-face
tutorial session. Tutorial meetings will proceed on the assumption that you have completed
the required online activities and preparation and seek to develop the work done in the online
tasks.

1. View E-lecture 3: The Architecture of Argument.

2. Study the following cases on technological solutions to real-world problems by


following the links embedded in the matrix below. Then participate in the online class
forum on LumiNUS by posting a short response to the following question. The last
respondent in the forum shall sum up the views of all those before him/her!
 What implications can you draw from the cases in regard to the use of technology
in solving real-world problems? What role can technology play and how may
technology be used?

Case One Case Two Case Three

Case Four Case Five Case Six

Class Activities
3. Recall the following technological solutions that you encountered in the online activity:

 Nanofibre air filter


 Solidified natural gas
 Microfluidic chip
 Electrochemical wastewater ultrapurification system
 Anaerobic biodigester
 Very large floating structure

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Choose two of the solutions and explain why they are sustainable. You may find the
information in the box below useful:

Sustainable Engineering Principles


1. Engineer processes and products holistically, use systems analysis, and integrate
environmental impact assessment tools.
2. Conserve and improve natural ecosystems while protecting human health and
well-being.
3. Use life cycle thinking in all engineering activities.
4. Ensure that all material and energy inputs and outputs are as inherently safe and
benign as possible.
5. Minimize depletion of natural resources.
6. Strive to prevent waste.
7. Develop and apply engineering solutions, while being cognizant of local
geography, aspirations and cultures.
8. Create engineering solutions beyond current or dominant technologies;
improve, innovate and invent (technologies) to achieve sustainability.
9. Actively engage communities and stakeholders in development of engineering
solutions. [From Abraham, M. A. (2006). Sustainability science and engineering:
defining principles. Elsevier Science.]

4. You should begin discussing this task in class and then collaboratively complete it online
over the next two weeks (including the week of Recess).

Get into the group that you have been assigned to for Assignment Two.

(a) Create a document in Googledrive to begin your collaboration. Head the document
with the names of all group members. Then create an argument framework in your
shared document. Sample argument frameworks are available for your reference in
the appendix.

(b) Propose a suitable problem in the area of sustainable development, analyse it and
propose a suitable solution from the perspective of sustainable engineering. Use the
argument framework you have created in your shared document to help you do so.
Apply what you have learnt about engineering for sustainability and the role of
technology in (2) and (3) above to monitor your ideation. You should aim to
complete your argument framework by the end of Recess Week. All members
must contribute and show collaboration.

(c) Before returning to class in Tutorial 6 (Week 7), prepare a 3-minute-thesis-style


(3MT) informal oral presentation to report on your progress and gather feedback
from your class/tutor about your argument framework.

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Appendix: Sample Argument Frameworks


Sample One

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Sample Two

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