Courses & Units

Sustainability ZAS118

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Do you want to participate in transformations for a better world? Do you want to know how to make a difference? In this unit, you will learn ways to do this, by drawing on a framework that assembles the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into 6 organised groups. The framework is in line with the latest global efforts and will help you contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and a just, and sustainable world by 2050. You will assess environmental, social and economic implications, evaluate approaches to sustainability and analyse and communicate information to aid decision-making. Topics covered include ecological footprints, education, health, energy, sustainable food production, land, water and oceans, sustainable cities and communities, and digital transformation. You will learn why we need to rethink and redesign the way we make and consume things, while examining success stories along the way. 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.


Unit name Sustainability
Unit code ZAS118
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Science

Robin Katersky Barnes

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 4 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 12/10/2020 2/11/2020 17/11/2020 18/12/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use relevant discipline tools and techniques to identify and assess the environmental, social and economic implications for a sustainable world
  2. Describe and evaluate approaches to sustainability that allow us to rethink and redesign production and consumption
  3. Analyse and communicate information to support decision-making for sustainable outcomes
  4. Reflect on your own role and approaches to practice that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals
  5. Apply practice and discipline-based skills and knowledge to communicate sustainability solutions or innovations



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050999

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Teaching Pattern
  • Lectures online
  • Tutorials 1-2hrs per week
  • Workshops/field trips: up to 6 days per term

AT1: eScan - contemporary issues for your specialisation (20%),

AT2: Photographic essay -  Sustainable Process in an Emerging Economy (35%),

AT3: Industry Engagement Activity (45%)

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