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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ENV6617
Tracking Number - 5225

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: in review by OGS; elective for MS/PhD in Env. Eng. GC Switched LO/Obj. GC Appd; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Apprd eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-04-16
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400
  5. Contact Person: Qiong Zhang
  6. Phone: 8139746448
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ENV
  9. Number: 6617
  10. Full Title: Green Engineering for Sustainability
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Green Engineering for Sustain
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Offers an overview of principles of green engineering including innovation, inherency, interdisciplinary, integration, and international, with an emphasis on applications of green engineering principles in different design stages.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Students for the degree of MS in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering as well as the environmental concentration in the degree of PhD in Civil Engineering may take this to satisfy electives for their degrees.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate degree, training in life cycle assessment and sustainability
  29. Objectives: This course is used for outcomes assessment for EAC c, EAC d, EAC h and EAC k. For EAC c the assessment instrument is the final deliverable (written report and oral presentation) of the group project evaluated by requirements and specification. For EAC d the assessment instrument is the team contract and peer assessment. For EAC h the assessment instrument is the final deliverable (written report and oral presentation) of case studies evaluated by requirements and specification. For EAC k the assessment instrument is the homework assignment and final deliverable of the group project evaluated requirements and specification. This course further contributes to EAC a, EAC e, EAC f, EAC g, EAC i, and EAC j.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students taking this course will learn: 1-Foundational Knowledge: know different definition of sustainability; key principles of green engineering; indicators for sustainability evaluation; life cycle assessment framework and life cycle costing, 2-Application: analyze the many definitions of sustainability and determine the similarities and differences in goals and visions; identify opportunities for innovations and improvements using green engineering principles; quantify sustainability performance for a given product or system; perform life cycle assessment and life cycle costing on a process or product, 3-Integration: determine how natural systems and social systems are linked to one another through stocks and flows; recognize the connection between sustainability and engineering design, 4-Human Dimension: understand personal role in sustainable development; awareness and reflection on mental models facilitates green engineering design, 5-Caring: view the green engineering as one of approaches tackling sustainability challenges; value the perspectives brought by other disciplines in engineering design; care about their community (e.g., campus) and environment, and 6-Learning how to learn: familiarize with Internet resources related to local and global issues of sustainability; identify a real world and timely sustainability challenge for a local community and innovatively design a solution; practice the virtues of inquiry and critical thinking when evaluating new information for solutions.
  31. Major Topics: Principles of green engineering; systems thinking; life cycle thinking; biomimicry; sustainability indicators; and life cycle assessment/life cycle costing
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Student will read reading materials posted on Canvas that should be considered copyrighted and should not be reproduced or distributed without the permission of the instructor.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Homework 15%, Midterm exam 20%, Case studies 15%, Final project (oral presentation and written report) 40%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments: There will be 3-5 homework assignments through the semester. Homework problems will be assigned through Canvas. Doing problems is an integral part of learning and students are expected to complete homework assignments and submit them for grading. All assignments must be handed in at the beginning of class when they are due. Homework assignments submitted late, by fax, or by email will not be accepted. Collaborative work is encouraged, but each student must write up and submit their own individual solutions. You are also allowed (and encouraged) to ask the instructor questions, but only after having read the course materials relevant to the assignment.

    Exam: One midterm exam will be given in class.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Requires instructor approval. Adherence to all University Polices regarding academic misconduct, cheating, and plagiarism is required (see USF Regulation-3.02).
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS Civil Engineering, MS Environmental Engineering, and PhD Civil Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: MS and PhD programs in School of Global sustainability

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