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MATS204 Treasure or Trash: Sustainability of Materials

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Broad and complex challenges associated with sustainability of materials. Aspects of product lifecycle related to material selection and use (processing, production, design, end-of-life).

Paper title Treasure or Trash: Sustainability of Materials
Paper code MATS204
Subject Materials Science and Technology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Summer School, Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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54 points.
Schedule C
Commerce, Science
Students who meet the prerequisite are welcome to enrol in this paper. The paper may be available on campus in Dunedin and as a distance paper through Summer School.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Sarah Wakes
Dr Linda Dunn
Paper Structure
The paper is taught in four modules:
  1. National and international principles of sustainability: principles of sustainability, legislation, certification models and assessment tools
  2. Resources (extraction and production): extraction of raw materials, waste, pollution, energy use
  3. Strategies for design and manufacturing: materials and methods of manufacturing
  4. Consumer role and ethical considerations: the role of the consumer in use of a product and ethical considerations for sustainability
Reading list provided
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Communicate and apply principles and complexities of sustainability relating to materials and the role of the consumer
  2. Evaluate aspects of design, material selection and manufacture to improve the sustainability of a product
  3. Identify and evaluate relevant literature
  4. Communicate ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 2-7
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 2-7
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 2-7