Master of Development Technologies

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  • Objectives
    That a graduate of the program should:

    * acquire skills in the analysis, design and management of engineering systems in developing countries;
    * gain advanced knowledge in the selection and adaptation of engineering technology for sustainable economic development.
  • Academic title
    Master of Development Technologies
  • Course description
    Core Subjects (50 points)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    421-616  Technology Assessment
    Nature of technology; nature of technological changes; introduction to production theory; comparative advantage; net national value added; social cost benefit analysis, environmental impact statements; environmental economics; financial analysis usin...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-629  Energy Efficiency Technology
    Potential for improvements in energy efficiency in gasoline and diesel vehicle, oil refinery system; energy efficiency technologies for the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors; demand side management; integrated resource planning; energy a...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-711  Solar Energy
    Nature and availability of solar energy; radiation estimations and measuring instruments; selected heat transfer topics; radiative properties and thermal transport properties of opaque materials and glazing; materials for solar energy utilisation; fl...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-609  Technology in Society     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    50 points of subjects chosen from Electives or other subjects approved by the Course Coordinator (not more than 25 points by research)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    421-505  Engineering Hydraulics
    Fluid statics and kinematics of fluid motion; Bernoulli's equation, application of physical laws in solving flow problems via control volumes (involving the conservation equations of mass and momentum, the energy equation); dynamic similitude, d...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-516  Hydraulics and Hydrology
    Energy momentum principles and their application to a variety of open channel flow problems, uniform flow; unsteady flow in open channels, including the long wave equations and flood propagation by diffusion and kinematic routing; steady gradually-va...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-519  Design of Environmental Systems
    In this subject, students develop and practice their capabilities of problem identification and finding solution for a broad range of practical problems they will encounter in their career. Typical problems may include irrigation and drainage design,...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-522  Environmental Engineering Design
    General issues relating to environmental engineering design including engineering design methodology; systems and optimisation; application of economic analysis; environmental and social considerations; sustainable development; environmental impact s...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-523  Occupational Health and Safety Basics
    An introduction to the key concepts of Occupational Health and Safety.     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    421-525  Field Data Acquisition and Analysis
    Environmental engineering practice frequently requires the observation of environmental conditions. This subject provides practical experience in taking environmental measurement and team-based learning in the design of monitoring and assessment prog...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-539  Geotechnical Applications
    Topics covered include shallow footings, bearing capacity solutions, settlement on sand and clays; Skempton-Bjerrum, Lambe and Davis Poulos methods, raft foundations, compensated foundations, expansive clays, soil improvement, deep foundations; capac...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-580  Hydrological Processes 1
    This is a companion subject to Hydrological Processes 2. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to surface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the application ...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-581  Hydrological Processes 2
    This is a companion subject to Hydrological Processes 1. At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of undertaking quantitative analyses of physical processes related to subsurface hydrology. Emphasis will be placed on the applicati...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-602  Air Quality Control
    Sources of atmospheric pollutants; concentration and dispersion of pollutants; measurement of atmospheric pollutants; methods of prevention of production of pollutants; methods of control of emission of pollutants; sampling and analysis; monitoring p...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-604  Environmental Management ISO 14000
    The history of EMS from Demming Wheel to ISO 14000 series; the elements of an EMS; Systems audit and review and gap analysis; Legal requirements, due diligence document control, liability and ISO 9000 review; Regulation, accreditation; Community cons...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-605  Managing Water Borne Risks
    Introduction to microbiology and biochemistry of liquid wastes and liquid-borne pollutants. Properties, sources and effects of such wastes and pollutants. Classification. Contamination of water and soil; water supply treatment; sewerage; avoidance, m...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-606  Solid Wastes to Sustainable Resources
    Lectures, syndicate work and excursions on the properties of solid wastes and pollutants, the categories and classes of solid wastes, municipal solid wastes, cleaner production, industrial wastes; disposal techniques.     Semester 1     12.50

    421-626  Design of Energy Systems
    Topics covered include: Design and selection of system components; concepts of system design; technical and economic feasibility; strength and limitation of ready made software; system modelling and simulation as design tools; design optimisation.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-627  Sustainable Water Resources Management
    The concept of water resources system; watersheds and river basins. Economic, environmental and social impacts of water resources development. Environmental planning process for control and mitigation of waterlogging and salinisation. Water resources...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-640  Water Supply and Waste Water Management
    Water supply for low-income rural and large urban communities; quality criteria; resource allocation; patterns of water usage; sources; extraction; storage and delivery methods; treatment processes; cost analysis, including cost recovery. Waste dispo...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-644  Research Project
    On conclusion of their project, students should have an appreciation of procedures involved in conducting research and have gained experience in scientific writing and in delivering an oral presentation.The subject includes supervision of methodology...     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    421-654  Principles of Asset Management
    Government legislative requirements; relevance of accounting systems; framework for data bases; analysis component systems; priority determination; condition and deficiency rating; ratings data; reporting mechanisms; decentralised systems; Geographic...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-663  Engineering Project Management
    The unit aims to develop your skills as a project manager who is able to take an active leadership role in achieving these outcomes. Emphasis is on principles of management, project relationships, communication and risk management. Topical case studi...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-664  Project Delivery
    Estimating and tendering engineering construction works, including work breakdown structures, work method statements, risk identification and tendering principles; detailed study of contract documents for design and construction including various par...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-666  Management of Project Resources
    The project and construction manager; organisational structures; management of personnel; selection of consultants or contractors, communication processes; industrial relations; occupational health and safety; meetings; delegation and communication.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-667  Project Management Practices
    Advanced project management techniques focuses on specific tools and techniques used by project managers to control time, to structure work breakdown packages and to manage cost, quality and risk. Topical case studies are used to introduce key princi...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-668  Sustainable Irrigation System Management     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    421-680  Engineering for Sustainable Environments
    Lectures, syndicate work and excursions examining the role of engineering in sustainable development. Themes covered include the relationships and role of the engineer between business, government, society and the environment. Case studies selected f...     Summer     12.50

    421-681  Management for the Environment
    Lectures and syndicate work covering the following Topics: environment politics; environmental law and legislation, Regulation, variations between states, variations between Countries; environment economics; communication obligations and methods.     Semester 2     12.50

    421-682  Engineering Systems Management
    Contemporary business requires intelligent and integrated decision making tools for effectively managing increasingly complex physical systems. Modelling and evaluation techniques that incorporate a range of key stakeholder objectives and interaction...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-670  Sustainable Buildings
    This subject provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the design of sustainable buildings and considers the design from an architectural, services engineering, facade engineering, environmental engineering and structural engineering, tenants and own...     Semester 2     12.50

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