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Work in progress - Developing a curriculum for a minor in ‘sustainability’ by the incorporation of quality function deployment (QFD) techniques

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Recently, there has been considerable focus on incorporating the concept of sustainability into academic curricula across the United States. In keeping with this trend, Georgia Southern University has sought to introduce a minor in sustainability that will be offered to students on campus. This aforementioned effort has been presented in this paper though the development of a systematic methodology. The proposed minor in sustainability will encompass factors such as carbon footprint, limited resources, renewable energy, and will critically examine in detail the business case for sustainability. A capstone course would seek to expose students to hands on experience in designing sustainable systems for both products as well as services. A multifaceted issue such as sustainability is bound to have many interdisciplinary as well as cross disciplinary aspects which are addressed through the proposed minor. A QFD approach has been utilized for this purpose to ensure objectivity of instruction and quality of course material.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009. FIE '09. 39th IEEE

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18-21 Oct. 2009