Core Module Information
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
Prerequisites

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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: ME
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Deakin
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This shall comprise a lecture of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial/seminr/workshop held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and completing the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

The module will be delivered by: lectures, workshops and seminar sessions, directed reading, individual and group assignments and private study. Learning activities include: attendance at and participation in lectures, seminars and workshops. Self-directed learning oriented towards preparation of module assignments. The teaching on this module is a mixture of formal contact hours of lectures, seminar and workshop sessions within one semester. Lectures will provide the overall framework for the module and review topical case studies. Students will be supported to actively learn key theories and principles through the use of facilitated group and class exercises, supplemented by individual reading and lecture material.


Formative Assessment:
This will be an on-going process throughout the module. Lecture sessions will incorporate and conclude with class questions regarding the content. Students will be provided with regular verbal feedback for all un-assessed class workshop sessions, comprising generic comments and analysis from both the module coordinator and student peers. This feedback will be given during and immediately after completion of the sessions.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1 - Assignment 1 is a seminar in which students lead debates on a key sustainability issues within construction and the built environment and in groups of 3 or 4 students. The seminars shall will 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. Participation on the student Seminar Key resource consumption issues assess LO 1 (50% of component) and a written synopsis of the key learning outcomes of the seminar assessed LOs 2-3 (50% of component). This component will contribute 40% to overall module mark.


Component 2 - Assignment 2 shall be a written report reviewing the environmental sustainability strategy of a corporation with the construction and built environment sector. This shall examine the environmental management systems, which organisations adopt to sustain the development of the construction and business sector. The assessment shall cover the benchmarking systems corporations adopt to evaluate the performance of the environmental sustainability strategy they deploy within the construction and built environment sector. LOs (4-6). This component will contribute 60% to overall module mark.


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 82
Other Work based learning 82
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
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= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 60 4 - 6 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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