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Module DXX-4525:
Green Technologies

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Ms Heli Gittins

Overall aims and purpose

• For students to gain an understanding of key energy and resource management activities, including energy generation, waste management, food and water supply, consumer goods (sustainable production and consumption) and their environmental impact. • For students to gain an appreciation of current and emerging green technology solutions to energy and resource management issues and current constraints e.g. grid network, design, engineering, storage, finance, supply and demand • For students to gain an understanding of the Welsh, UK, European and global policy and planning context with regard to green technologies • For students to develop skills in the of use geographical information systems for the assessment of green technology applications and deployment • For students to gain understanding and experience of innovation processes of new green products and processes

Course content

This module reviews the environmental consequences of key energy and resource management activities, including energy generation, waste management, food and water supply, consumer goods (sustainable production and consumption). It then goes on to consider recent policy initiatives and drivers and examines key green technologies. Specific topics include: • Energy generation & its environmental impact • Innovation and deployment of emerging green technologies • Green technology policies and initiatives • Energy policies and initiatives • Resource management, policies and initiatives – waste management, cradle to grave • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for green technologies • The contribution of green technologies to sustainable development

Assessment Criteria


The student displays a basic understanding of the principles and practices of green technologies; in addition to the drivers and constraints on their development. Most of the key issues are identified but there may be some omissions or gaps in understanding. Links between theory and practice are not well developed and the use of GIS in identifying options for green technology potentials and deployment is limited.


In addition to the above: the student should demonstrate an understanding of the range and application of appropriate green technologies and the relevant policy and legislative frameworks within which they operate. They should also display the ability to use GIS to identify opportunities and constraints for green technology potentials and deployment. The student is able to evaluate and compare different green technologies and identify their potential applications and limitations.


In addition to the above, the student demonstrates a holistic understanding of the links between existing environmental problems and the structure of the economy, the range of existing and emerging green technologies and the opportunities and barriers to their deployment and uptake. In addition, the student demonstrates competence in the use of GIS as a tool for the spatial identification of opportunities for green technologies. There are no major areas omitted and the student demonstrates an ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant information. Sound team-working and presentation skills present further evidence of understanding and wider-reading.

Learning outcomes

    1. A critical understanding of current modes of energy generation and global resource management, their associated environmental impacts, and emerging green technology solutions
    1. An in-depth appreciation of the policy and legislative context nationally and globally relating to the development and deployment of green technologies
    1. Proficiency in the application of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in relation to green technology solutions
    1. Knowledge and experience of green technology development and innovation, or novel application for an existing green technology, and factors determining its uptake by society

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Competitive Tender 40
Green Technology Options Presentation 30
Green Technology Options Written Report 30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

External visit

There will be internal and external visits to see technologies in situ


The Geographical Information Systems workshops will take place in the computer labs to gain an in depth understanding of how this relates to green technology solutions


For discussion of material from lectures and visits and preparation for assessments


The module includes a series of lectures, including several guest lectures from external experts, seminars, workshops, field/site visits, GIS tutorials and one to one tutorials.

Private study

For critical thinking, background reading, desk-based research, preparation for contact time and assessment


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • PS1 Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences
  • PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
  • PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
  • PS7 Basic interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in teamworking
  • PS8 Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
  • PS11 Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction, initiative and originality
  • PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
  • PS12 The ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other subjects
  • PS13 The ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • PS14 Independent learning skills required for continuing professional development
  • PS15 The ability to think critically in the context of data analysis and experimental design
  • SK1 Are fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology
  • SK9 Read and engage with scientific literature
  • SK13. Making oral presentations and writing reports, including critical evaluation.
  • SK14. Attending and participating in discussions with other researchers (for example, colloquia)
  • SK20. Development of generalstrategies including the identification of additional information required andproblems where there is not a uniquesolution.
  • SK22. Development of knowledge and understanding of: ethics,societal responsibilities, environmental impact,sustainability, intellectualproperty, innovation and exploitation ofcommercial opportunities.
  • PS9 skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
  • PS10 other relevant professional skills such as business awareness


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