ENNR405-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Ecologically Engineered Designs

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Resources required for agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture. Best management practices for stormwater and agricultural runoff. Engineered wetlands. Ecological economics and restoration.

Ecological Engineering is the design of sustainable systems that derive their energy and materials from natural and engineered ecosystems. These designs aim to integrate human society with the natural environment for the benefit of both. Applications include engineered wetlands, water sensitive urban design, waterway and habitat restoration, and integrated food-energy-water biosystems. Relevant tools include environmental management and models of material mass flow and life cycle assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • To advance systems thinking in engineering problem-solving
  •    To deepen students understanding of ecological engineering principles and knowledge base
  •    To explore how engineering solutions can be applied to a wide variety of environmental challenges in both New Zealand and international contexts. Examples include waterway and habitat restoration, wastewater treatment, and the food-energy-water nexus.
  •    For students to experience a variety of projects at various stages of the engineering process, including research studies, conceptual and detailed design development, pilot-scale studies and fully implemented projects
  •    To help prepare students for the research process by undertaking critical analysis of journal
    articles that are related to Ecological Engineering applications.


Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Aisling O'Sullivan


Tonny de Vries and Ricardo Bello Mendoza


Gary Rourke (CNRE (PhD student))


1. You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a mark of at least 40% in each of the mid-semester test and the final exam. A student who narrowly fails to achieve 40% in either the test or exam, but who performs very well in the other, may be eligible for a pass.

2. All assignments must be submitted by the due date via Learn electronically AND a printed copy to the box designated for this course on Level 2. Late submissions will not be accepted. If a student is unable to complete and submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond their control they should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended reading will be provided electronically by the academic teaching the topic.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENNR405 Occurrences

  • ENNR405-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021