Courses & Units

Sustainability ZAS118


In this unit, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability starting with the transformations necessary for achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that organises them into 6 logical groups. You will examine each grouping and how collectively they form a framework for accelerating progress, in line with the latest global efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and a just, and sustainable world by 2050 within safe planetary limits. This deeply interdisciplinary unit explores transformation across education, health, energy, sustainable food production, land, water and oceans, sustainable cities and communities. Along with the transformations you will identify the environmental, social, and economic implications of traditional production, processing and manufacturing systems at local and global scales and learn why we need to rethink and redesign the way we make and consume things. You will learn how decoupling, digital transformation and circular design must underpin all of these transformations. As immediate and ambitious action is necessary to achieve a sustainable future, you will explore, ‘how are we going to get there?’ as well as your own role in contributing to change. This unit also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs. You will be introduced to: - a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice - principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios - reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations - ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Sustainability
Unit code ZAS118
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Applied Design, Science and Technology
Coordinator Ms Brigid Morrison
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 5 Week Session Jan B Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan B 15/1/2024 22/1/2024 1/2/2024 18/2/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and assess the environmental, social and economic implications for a sustainable world
  • Describe approaches to sustainability that allow us to rethink and redesign production and consumption
  • Communicate information to support decision-making for sustainable outcomes and propose solutions or innovations
  • Reflect on your own role and approaches to practice that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $3,068.00

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Fully online; Turorials 1-2 hours per week. 

AssessmentEnvironmental Scan (E-Scan) (20%)|AT2: Photographic Essay (35%)|Circular Design Poster (45%)
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