Strategic Environmental Manag
Strategic Environmental Managment 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will cover the multi-criteria principles and practice of environmental management, auditing, and assessment; including related policy and legislation. Specific monitoring tools will include Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Impact Assessment. Real-life examples will be used as case studies to analyse the different techniques including scenarios from many different levels (local, UK, and international) so that comparisons can be made and the validity of systems assessed. The process of collection, collation, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of information in terms of auditing will be explored. The relevance and role of environmental legislation and auditing will be compared between the public and private sector. Issues of corporate social responsibility will be examined through a case study approach. The module will include input from contrasting sources where environmental monitoring, assessment and legislation play a fundamental role.
This module will provide an understanding of the principles of sustainable development, environmental legislation, environmental auditing and assessment, and green technological development. Specific topics include: • Sustainable development – limits to growth, global challenges, RIO+20, global economy, green economy, climate change & resources, behaviour change and corporate social responsibility • Environmental monitoring - Environmental legislation – global (e.g. Montreal, Kyoto), Regional, National) • Environmental auditing – EMS, green dragon, ISO14001 • Environmental assessment – Environmental Impact Assessment, risk assessment
Threshold -(C)The student displays a basic understanding of the principles and practices of environmental management; in addition to the policy and legislative frameworks within which they can operate. 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.
Good -(B)In addition to the above: the student should demonstrate an understanding of the principles of appropriate monitoring tools and the relevant policy and legislative frameworks within which they operate. They should also display an understanding of how such environmental management requirements influence current practice by private and public bodies. The student is able to evaluate and compare different methods of environmental monitoring tools.
Excellent -(A) The student demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of the different aspects of environmental management. There are no major areas omitted and the student demonstrates an ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant information. Evidence of considerable effort and thought to construct management plans for a given scenario of high standard, demonstrating an excellent grasp of all major issues.
- Appreciate key environmental policy and legislative issues, and compliance measures
- Be able to analyse environmental problems (including data analysis) and opportunities and identify sustainable solutions and improvement programmes
- Be able to apply key environmental management and assessment tools
- Understand environmental and sustainability principles in a business context
- Understand the importance of stakeholder communication as well as how to influence behaviour to effect change within an organisation