Core Module Information
Module title: Achieving Sustainability: a better world is possible

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV08109
Module leader: Mark Huxham
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES
Prerequisites

Collection and presentation of data, showing differences and relationships. Writing of scientific reports using standard format and supported with app

Description of module content:

This module will be offered across the university as a choice. It is designed as part of the University's commitment to Environmental Sustainability and will introduce students from multiple disciplines to the core ideas of sustainability, drawing on scientific, economic, cultural and philosophical thinking.

The main focus is on working together, in interdisciplinary teams, on projects you design that can have a positive impact on sustainability. You will be involved in designing the assessment for these projects, to ensure that this is appropriate for what you want to do. Each team will be allocated a coach, from the teaching staff, to help you in this process.

You will also consider what your home discipline can offer to achieving a sustainable world and will explain this to students from other disciplines. You will produce a 'sustainability CV' and receive feedback on it. Lectures and workshops will consider sustainability from scientific, cultural and business perspectives. In addition you will look at the psychological and emotional implications of studying and working for sustainability and share ways in which we can build emotional resilience in the face of these challenges, looking to improve your own psychological resilience and ability to effect change.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO 1. Identify and plan creative practical actions to promote sustainability and show how these relate to one or more of the key ideas of sustainability that are discussed in the module.
LO 2. Collaborate to deliver a practical outcome designed to promote sustainability and evaluate its potential for impact.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Huxham
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is offered across the University as a choice for students from all schools. It is designed to help bring us together, regardless of disciplines and backgrounds, to increase our understanding of sustainability and to allow us to work together to make the world better. Please note that to find time in the timetable for everyone to meet, you will be required to attend a workshop on SATURDAY of week 4, along with a session in person on the FRIDAY of week 1.

The focus is on working in interdisciplinary teams on projects that you help design and that can have a positive impact on sustainability (Learning Outcome 1). You will be involved in designing the assessment for these projects, to ensure that this is appropriate for what you want to do and that it relates to one of the key principles of sustainability - from science, culture, economics or philosophy - that we will discuss(Learning Outcome 2). Each team will be allocated a coach, from the teaching staff, to help you in this process.
You will also consider what your home discipline can offer to achieving a sustainable world and will explain this to students from other disciplines (Formative Assessment 1). You will produce a 'sustainability CV' and receive feedback on it (Formative Assessment 2). Lectures and workshops will consider sustainability from scientific, cultural and business perspectives. In addition, you will look at the psychological and emotional implications of studying and working for sustainability and share ways in which we can build emotional resilience in the face of these challenges.


Formative Assessment:
• Explain, in a one to one conversation, what sustainability means, why it is important and what it means to you personally.
• Produce a sustainability CV explaining your relevant skills and experience
• Give a presentation explaining the assumptions and values of your core discipline and how these are relevant to sustainability


Summative Assessment:
Main assessment – to work in a small inter-disciplinary team to design and deliver a project dealing with sustainability that has potential for impact. This impact could be on a single individual, on a process in or outside the university, on a campaign, on understanding or on other people and things. You will help design the assessment for this work; it should demonstrate why the focus of the project is important in the context of sustainability (with reference to the different scientific, social and cultural elements of sustainability we study in this module), how well you integrate the skills in your team and how you could achieve impact.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 8
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 4
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 8
Online Seminar 6
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 90
Independent Learning Demonstration 4
Independent Learning Seminar 80
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 100 1,2 12 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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