||Distance learning Unit (IEM).
The aim is to advance student understanding of current and best practices in (a) the methodologies of clean technology as it applies to waste minimisation, pollution prevention, cleaner production and cleaner processing, and (b) design for the environment and for recycling.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to (a) describe the origins and problems associated with the generation of waste and pollution, (b) describe the legal aspects of the problem, (c) carry out basic project procedures including technical and economic assessments and the ranking of projects, and (d) apply such assessments and rankings to the design of products for the twin benefits of environmental performance improvement and business performance improvement.
This distance learning unit develops skills in self study and written expression.
Sources of waste, categories of clean technology techniques, legal aspects, contemporary methodologies including objectives, corporate commitment, assessment, technical and economic feasibility analyses, project ranking and implementation, the design of products for the environment, life cycle concepts, the design of machine tools (as a case study), the design of cleaning systems (as a case study), recycling of products and their components, recycling of plastics (as a case study).