Core Module Information
Module title: Environmental Sustainability

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV09121
Module leader: Temidayo Osunsanmi
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

General principles of environmental sustainability shall be taught and the students shall learn about the key contemporary challenges they pose for the construction and built environment sector. These general principles shall cover the ecology of key resource consumption topics such as population, land use, water, food, energy, carbon emissions and climate change. Case studies demonstrating the application of these principle theories within the construction and built environmental sector shall be selected to demonstrate the efficacy of environmental sustainability as an act of corporate social responsibility and drive towards a post-carbon economy, which is as much energy efficient and low carbon as it is mean, lean and green.

The seminars shall develop communication skills by providing the students with a platform to critically reflect and deliberate some of the key resource consumptions issues underlying environmental sustainability in the construction and built environment sector. When participating in the seminars, students will be expected to research the topics in question and be able to make relevant points clearly and coherently.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Learning Outcomes
LO1: understand the general principles of environmental sustainability (in terms of how resource consumption relates to construction and built environment);
LO2: know about the ecology of key resource consumption topics, such as population growth, urbanisation, land-use change, water consumption, food security, energy efficiency and low carbon emissions;
LO3: relate these environmental sustainability challenges to the resource consumption of the construction and built environment sector;
LO4: apply the principle theories of resource consumption to the construction and built environment sector so as to critically reflect on the environmental sustainability strategies organisations within the sector are adopting to tackle global warming and combat climate change;
LO5: review the contribution the construction and environmental sector are contributing to environmental sustainability of resource consumption;
L06: monitor the improvements environmental strategies offer and how the construction and built environment sector can tackle global warming by meeting the emission target set by standard-bearers such as the International Panel on Climate Change.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Temidayo Osunsanmi
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Other Work based learning
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 20 1-2 1 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Report 20 3 5 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Report 60 4 - 6 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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