ENGGEN 100G Technological Choices for the New Millennium

ENGGEN 100G | Open Schedule | Semester Two 2017 | City Campus | 15 points


The rapid development of technology in the 20th century contributed to extremes of power, privilege and poverty, yet the majority of technological choices for our communities are not made by scientists or engineers.

This course considers technological choices to support informed decision-making in the use of technology in modern society. The course focuses on important questions such as: What is the future direction of power generation in New Zealand? How can we create a sustainable future? Where will current developments in robotics and mobile communications lead us?

The aim will be to assist students to make sense of the overload of fact and opinion published on these important, current issues and debates.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcome for this course is to empower students to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the theory underpinning technological choices.
  • Recognise practicalities of options in terms of resource usage, cost, limitations and risks.
  • Recognise influences stemming from political, social, economic, cultural and even religious pressures.
  • Gain an understanding of ideas and methods across disciplines.
  • Respect the values of other individuals and group.

Topics covered

Content will be grouped around four themes focused on current issues related to:

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Energy
  • Information and communication
  • Sustainability

Topics will be presented in a non technical, but comprehensible way
providing a balance of perspectives which differentiate between
idealism, fact and practicality, and the competing pressures of
politics, economics and social factors.


Laboratory-based project (5%)
Short assignment (5%)
Poster (10%)
Long assignment (20%)
Examination (60%)

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Krishnan Jayaraman | k.jayaraman@auckland.ac.nz