ENGGEN 100G Technological Choices for the New Millennium

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

Description

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 groups

Topics covered

  • Information and communication
  • Successes and failures of technology
  • Robotics and automation
  • Sustainability
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing
  • Acoustics

Assessment

  • Online quizzes (15%)
  • Poster (5%)
  • Essay (10%)
  • Short assignment (5%)
  • Examination (60%)

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