Module title: Environmental Sustainability (GA)

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

Module code: BSV09400
Module leader: Mark Deakin
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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:

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.

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