Technology, Sustainability and Society

Course code ENG2002

For engineers and surveyors to meet their responsibilities towards society they must be able to appreciate how politics, culture, economics and the law affect their work and how their work impacts on different sections of the community and the physical environment.

They must also be prepared to deal with the issue of long-term sustainability.

The goal of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that would help you promote and defend your work within your profession and within society at large.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 16 Jun 2019 to start 15 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 18 Nov 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 & 3 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Converse proficiently upon general knowledge and current affairs of the day;
  • Appreciate the history of technology, assess the basis of common criticisms of modern technology, and associated benefits to human society;
  • Understand the basic concepts behind environmental sustainability and justify the need to move towards more sustainable practices;
  • Understand the concepts behind and be able to apply the principles of effective environmental impact assessment;
  • Understand the role of politics, politicians, power and government and illustrate the political dimension of engineering and surveying activities;
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of economics and profitability forecasting, be able to perform a simple Net Present Value (NPV) exercise using Excel spreadsheet, and assess the likely effects of economic policies on technological enterprises;
  • Appreciate the relevance of social structures and cultural values and deduce the causal factors behind technological developments during different periods of human history;
  • Propose strategies for working effectively in a multicultural environments, determine the relevance of social structure and cultural values to the engineering and surveying professions and demonstrate an awareness of the key factors that may influence the practice of engineering in an overseas country;
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of the International and Australian the legal system and identify ethical and legal constraints that are most likely to concern professional engineers or surveyors;
  • Examine the basic philosophies behind modern technological management management, identify and discuss conflicts between client and societal expectations and recognise the impacts of globalisation in engineering industries;


30% internally assessed

70% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


No textbooks are required for this course