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Individual Assessment 3: Incorporating sustainability and adaptation Assessment value: 15% (individual work)
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In today’s world of many environmental, social and financial pressures, any project needs to consider and address sustainability. Climate change is imposing significant impacts on the natural and built environment. Therefore, it is essential that you identify appropriate sustainability options for your project to enhance its beneficial outcomes and to incorporate specific measures to adapt to climate change as part of the solution.
An individual report should be written building on the previous assessments and readings undertaken and lectures conducted.
Scope of the report
You should specifically focus on the selected EWB project. Your report should adhere to the following outline and use the headings provided (content provided in italics):
• Introduction o Tell the executive team very briefly what is covered in the report
• Sustainability Measures o Identify specific sustainability measures that could be incorporated into the project to ensure viability in the short term
o It is essential to bear in mind that sustainability does not merely relate solely to environmental issues, but social and economic issues are equally important for any proposed solution to be practical
o Provide a brief evaluation on the advantages and limitations of implementing these measures. This requires consideration of environmental, social and economic issues.
• Climate Change o Discuss how climate change impacts may affect the long-term operation of the project.
This requires consideration of environmental, social and economic issues o Discuss adaptation measures over the long term that could be incorporated to mitigate the climate impacts. This requires consideration of environmental, social and economic issues
• Conclusions o Very brief conclusion to close the report
Some of the concepts that you discuss may overlap with what was presented in the previous assessments. However, you should use this as an opportunity to further elaborate on what was presented previously. Just copying from previous assessments will be considered as plagiarism.
Ensuring a good mark
Strictly adhere to the report format given. Be succinct and precise. Using dot points in conjunction with supporting sentences is acceptable where appropriate. Seek out good quality resources from a range of different types, primarily from the academic literature. Be selective in your use of popular media and try to find the original sources.
Wikipedia is not an appropriate technical reference. It can, however, be used as a resource to
gather basic information only and then to identify more appropriate technical resources that can be referenced.
Submission details
You shall submit a soft copy online, in PDF format, through BlackBoard (DO NOT SUBMIT A
HARDCOPY AS IT WILL NOT BE MARKED). Online submission is via BlackBoard by clicking ‘Learning
Resources’ which will take you to the Unit Map which all of you should be familiar. Look for ‘Individual Work 3’ and ‘View Assignment’. You should now be able to upload your assignment.
The due date can be found in the Unit Map on Blackboard, as noted above. If you do not submit your assignment by the due date, it will not be marked and you will receive a grade of 1 (or 0%). If circumstances prevent you from completing your assignment by the due date, you can apply for an extension via the stipulated QUT procedure. If you do not have an approved extension (via Student Services only), you should submit the work you have completed by the due date and it will be marked against the assessment criteria. These requirements reflect the importance of meeting deadlines in professional practice.
More information can be found at assignments-andextensions.
Report format
• Maximum two page length excluding references (and cover page if used). Even if you go over the page limit, only the first two pages of the report will be given a mark;
• The referencing style should be QUT specified Harvard style. For guidance, please refer to
• Wikipedia is not an appropriate technical reference. However, it can be used as a resource to gather basic information and to identify more appropriate technical resources;
• Please use the headings provided under “Scope of the report”
• Font: 12pt Times New Roman;
• Single column;
• 2.5 cm margins on all four sides with single line spacing.
QUT considers plagiarism as a very serious offence and significant penalties apply. We will take steps to report such cases for appropriate action.
Please note that if you use material from another publication or webpage, the original documentation must be appropriately cited and referenced. Failure to do so will be considered as plagiarism. If you are copying material directly, word for word, the text needs to be given in quotation marks. Copying from other students reports is totally unacceptable. Poorly executed paraphrasing can also constitute plagiarism.