Courses & Units

Sustainability ZAS118

Cradle Coast, Hobart, Launceston


In this unit, you will learn approaches to make a difference in the workplace, community or at home 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 achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and a just, and sustainable world by 2050. You will identify environmental, social, and economic implications of contemporary production systems, and communicate approaches to sustainability and to aid decision-making. This deeply interdisciplinary unit explores transformation across education, health, energy, sustainable food production, land, water and oceans, sustainable cities and communities. Digital transformation and circular design underpin all of these transformations. 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.

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 University College
Discipline Applied Science
Coordinator Ms Brigid Morrison
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

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



AssessmentAT1: Environmental Scan (E-Scan) (20%)|AT2: Photographic Essay (35%)|AT3: Poster (45%)
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