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Module DXX-4524:
Strategic Environmental Manag

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Ms Heli Gittins

Overall aims and purpose

This module is designed to 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, TEEB, Stern Review, global challenges, RIO+20, global economy, green economy, climate change & resources, behaviour change, corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment • Environmental monitoring - Environmental legislation – global (e.g. Montreal, Kyoto), Regional, National) • Environmental auditing – EMS, green dragon, ISO14001 • Environmental assessment – SEA, EIA, risk assessment, HIA

Course content

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.

Assessment Criteria


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.


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.


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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand environmental and sustainability principles in a business context

  2. Appreciate key environmental policy and legislative issues, and compliance measures

  3. Be able to apply key environmental management and assessment tools

  4. Be able to analyse environmental problems (including data analysis) and opportunities and identify sustainable solutions and improvement programmes

  5. Understand the importance of stakeholder communication as well as how to influence behaviour to effect change within an organisation

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Examination 60
INDIVIDUAL BLOG Policy and Legislation 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

Interactive sessions

Private study

Minimum of 140 hours non-contact study.


34 hours of lectures/workshops

Group Project

Approx 15 hours practical projects throughout the module


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
  • 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

  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
  • Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
  • Appreciate the interdisciplinary and/or reciprocal nature of relationships within the subject area.
  • Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
  • Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of processes through the study of relevant systems.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.


Resource implications for students


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