Core Module Information
Module title: Sustainable Development

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

Module code: BSV10104
Module leader: Behrang Vand Alimohammadisagvand
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

Interest and knowledge of sustainability (especially in context of construction)

Description of module content:

Energy and Environmental issues;
Renewable technologies;
Transportation Issues;
Brownfield Site Redevelopment;
Greening the environment;
Environmental assessment;
Ecological Footprint Analysis

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: interpret and analyse environmental policy at global and local levels;
LO2: explain and evaluate the principles of environmental issues in the development life cycle;
LO3: evaluate, propose and justify the choices available for components in the development of buildings;
LO4: assess the legislative factors affecting environmental planning and sustainable development;
LO5: assess environmental impact of developments on the environment;
LO6: evaluate developments in local energy and environmental planning.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Behrang Vand Alimohammadisagvand
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The aim is to advance the learner's knowledge, comprehension and problem solving abilities using a combination of lectures and tutorials. Use is made of practitioners from outside agencies, together with research and consultancy input, to ensure that the learning experience is based on current real-life Sustainable Development issues.

Leading construction sector professions have identified sustainability as a key challenge for the industry. A number have introduced a need for sustainability to be tested out in their assessments of professional competencies,

A substantial amount of research material generated by the Building Performance Centre, Centre for Timber Engineering and the Scottish Energy Centre is embedded in the teaching material of this module.

The variety of teaching methods and types of assessments ensure that a range of backgrounds and aptitudes are catered for. The lecture and tutorial materials are available in hard and electronic format (on Moodle) to cater for the diverse student group. Timetabled academic supervision is available each taught week of the module to support students.

Reference to International Standards is included.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each practical session where the student will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module's themes via a series of different learning tasks. These tasks provide opportunities for the module tutor to assist students with understanding and interpretation of a module's learning outcomes.

Formative feedback is delivered in-class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks. In addition, a formal formative feedback session is timetabled to allow students to present drafts of their submissions for comment before final submission is made.

Summative Assessment:
The final assessments is based on two components.
The first component is a group work and each group focuses on one of the module contents and present their understanding. This component is worth 40% of the final assessment.
The second component is a report of the written project focused and derived on LO1-6. This component is worth 60% of the final assessment.

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
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 100 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 100
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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