Module title: Environmental Sustainability Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11111
Module leader: Fiona Stainsby
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery

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

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Halina Vaughan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
A combination of directed learning and a student-centred approach will be adopted. Each topic will be introduced in face-to-face lectures followed by individual and group work in which students will undertake exercises/tasks such as evaluation of relevant regulation and policies, exploration of specific ethical and economic issues, planning and undertaking experimental work and interpretation of data. Laboratory work will build upon theoretical aspects introduced in this and previous modules, expand problem solving abilities and enhance practical skills which are known to be desirable for employability. Students will produce a case report based on their laboratory findings and deliver a PowerPoint presentation during which the class will undertake peer assessment.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Various key employability skills are embedded and assessed in this module. The laboratory sessions will include team and individual work that will develop time management, planning, oral communication and numeracy skills as well as technical skills. The case study will enhance written communication and problem solving skills. IT skills will be required for use of Moodle, literature searching, data-handling and presentation, statistical analyses and report writing.

Formative Assessment:
Students will engage in interactive tasks during lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals and will often be given instant feedback on their contributions in class (formative feedback). This will include the critique of regulatory documents, strategies for environmental sustainability and scientific research papers, as well as practical skills including experimental design, data handling and presentation, critical appraisal and case study analysis.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment consists of two major components - the first component will take the form of a case study which will assess various.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 18
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 18
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 2,4,5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Oral Presentation 30 1,3,6 13 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Principles of environmental sustainability – integration of economic, social and environmental aspects; sustainable development – concept of natural capital and economic development; Resource protection including environmental law and policy, relevant regulatory requirements and waste management; approaches to Environmental Quality Assessment e.g. potable and bathing water quality, and monitoring of soil and water remediation processes using standard methods and emerging techniques; Environmental Impact Assessment including risk assessment and toxicity testing; Laboratory experiments in fresh and wastewater quality assessment using microbial and physico-chemical testing methods; eco-toxicity testing e.g. bioluminescent biosensor assays; monitoring of soil remediation processes using molecular ecology approaches; experimental and project design; case study; data-handling and statistics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically explore concepts and issues regarding sustainable management of the environment.
LO2: Examine the impact of pollution on the environment.
LO3: Analyse the legal and regulatory framework impacting upon renewable energy provision and pollution control.
LO4: Critically evaluate biotechnological approaches to and protocols for environmental pollution monitoring and quality assessment.
LO5: Assess environmental quality at a given site using appropriate laboratory based methods and make recommendations regarding suitable treatment.
LO6: Demonstrate communication and team-working skills through the delivery of a high-quality seminar presentation.