Green IT and Sustainable Computing—Temesgene Dagnachew
This wiki lists the home works that are done for the course: Green IT and Sustainable Computing

Overview on this Course

There are three seminars on this course. The seminars were held on two books: “Computing research for sustainability” and “Simon Bell: Sustainability Indicators” Discussion on the seminars are given below:

Discussion Summary on Seminar 1
  • The term 'sustainability' is not defined clearly. As a result, the metrics to understand or measure sustainability are yet to find out
  • Limiting consumption level of consumers does not ensure sustainability
  • The model of any kind of development should form around the concept of sustainability
  • In the current age, sustainability is not achievable without IT. So it is wiser to think sustainability with IT
  • Using data once and storing them online is a waste, it is important to reuse online data
  • Smart technologies will help achieve sustainability
  • Time is always flowing, so if we can make people engaged in something, they will not get the time to waste resources
Discussion Summary on Seminar 2
  • Green coding technique should be introduced in programming courses
  • Research on sustainability modeling with the help of computational resources can lead to greater success in achieving sustainability
  • Defining the global demand of different resources is very important
  • “Do not design the product, design the life-cycle” - this is a good step towards sustainability
  • Eco-design adds more cost to a product. It is yet to find a sustainable process to minimize the cost
  • “Do not plan business with the product, plan with the service” - another policy that can help achieve sustainability
Discussion on Summary Seminar 3
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Personal Works

References

  1. Jonathan M. Harris, 2003. Sustainability and Sustainable Development. Retrieved from: <http://isecoeco.org/pdf/susdev.pdf>
  2. Ernest J. Yanarella,Richard S. Levine,and Robert W. Lancaster, 2009.Green versus Sustainability: From Semantics to Enlightenment. Retrieved from: <https://www.wcupa.edu/sustainability/documents/green%20vs%20sustainability.pdf>.
  3. Patrick Kurp, 2008. Green Computing: are you ready for a personal energy meter? Retrieved from: <http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.463.7532&rep=rep1&type=pdf>.

How to Increase Sustainability Aspects in LUT CS/SWE

Critical Thinking and Argumentation (For Coursera Diploma)

Web Based Materials

There are a number of web based materials which could be very useful for this course:

  1. Free course on “Critical Reasoning for Beginners” by the University of Oxford: Online video and audio lectures on this course are available at: <http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/critical-reasoning-beginners>
Summary

Critical Thinking is logically supporting some causes or establishing some reasons. Argumentation is giving reasons and evidences to support a conclusion. So the term “Critical thinking and argumentation” refers to the process of supporting a conclusion through logical establishment of reasons.

In this course, critical thinking and argumentation could be implemented by defining a set of rules in every kind of discussion. The rules could be set in different ways. Anyone participating in any oral or written discussion, must follow these rules:

  1. He/she must specify first what conclusion he/she is supporting
  2. He/she should give the reasons behind his/her support
  3. He/she should logically explain his/her reasons with evidences

Following these rules will direct the participants to think and argument critically. At the same time, it will be easy to follow the overall discussion in a structured way.

Exam Questions

1) Can sustainability be achieved by restricting the consumption level of people? Justify your answer.

Answer to the Course Questionnaire