KE6010 - Environmental Engagement

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What will I learn on this module?

Sustainable environmental management is now a key business issue. Failure to address the environmental agenda can result in considerable risk to business continuity. The aim of this module is to build both the business and environmental cases for corporate engagement in the environmental agenda and to familiarise you with the application and evaluation of a range of environmental management tools and techniques. The module will examine concepts of risk and risk management, the application of environmental management and assessment tools such as environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems and life cycle assessment and consider the role of stakeholder engagement and communication in environmental change. The module will help you to develop the skills required to support the implementation of environmental programmes and change management in an organisation.

Topics you will cover on the module include:

• Sustainable Development - differing interpretations of sustainable development and how these influence the business response to environmental issues.

• Risk Management – concepts of risk and measures to management environmental risk and opportunity.

• Footprinting – measuring and accounting impacts e.g. ecological footprinting, carbon footprinting.

• Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment Ecological Impact Assessment and Landscape Assessment – assessing, avoiding, mitigating and compensating the environmental impacts of developments.

• Environmental Management Systems - introduction to environmental management systems with particular reference to EMAS and ISO 14001; exploration of the components of these systems.

• Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Design for the Environment - the role of product and process design and LCA as tools for improving company and product environmental performance. Eco-labelling and green claims.

• Environmental communication – the role of stakeholder engagement and communication in improving environmental performance. Environmental reporting.

• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – corporate self-regulation as a means of improving environmental and social performance.

• Managing change – barriers to environmental engagement, environmental improvement programmes and creating a culture of environmental engagement.

• Project management – approaches and issues.

How will I learn on this module?

This module is taught by a combination of lectures and practical group activities.

Lectures will be used to provide the background to the various tools and techniques for environmental management with case studies used to illustrate application. In addition you will be expected to participate in in-class exercises and a short local field trip which will help you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches considered.

Working in groups, you will be supported in undertaking a live project designed to apply learning in an organisational context. The nature of the activity will vary from year to year and from group to group depending upon client needs and the interests and skills set of each group.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All teaching materials for the module are made available on the module eLP site. Each group will be allocated a member of staff to act as a ‘critical friend’ during the project phase of the module. Their role is not to manage the project but to support the group through the input of advice and guidance on technical and practical issues as the project progresses.

Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Argue the business case for sustainable environmental management
• MLO 2: Discuss the use and critically evaluate the effectiveness of a range of environmental management tools

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Apply learning to a range of scenarios
• MLO 4: Evaluate current performance and propose a programme to enhance the environmental performance of a given organisation

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Develop a critical awareness of the impact of organisations on the environment and own ability to contribute to solutions.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:
The module is assessed by two coursework components – an individual evaluative report (40%) and a personal portfolio based on a group live project (60%).

The 2,500 word individual report is designed to give you practice in writing a business style evaluative briefing report. LOs 1 and 2

The personal portfolio will consist of a variety of evidence gathered during the live project, the exact content being dependent upon the nature of the project but may include primary data, student produced evaluations, procedures and presentations and will be negotiated with the group tutor. A 2,000 word reflective commentary on personal leaning and professional development will be included. LO 4 and 5

Formative Assessment:
You are expected to participate in formative group exercises in class that will demonstrate aspects of the implementation of environmental management and assessment tools. The exercises are designed to allow you to apply ideas from the lectures and thus deepen your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the tools explored. LO 3

Feedback:
Class discussion and tutor feedback on in-class exercises will support learning and provide guidance for the summative assessment. Ongoing staff and peer formative feedback will be a feature of the group live project which will be undertaken in close collaboration with a ‘client’ and guided by a member of staff.

Written feedback will be provided on summatively assessed work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Sustainable environmental management is now a key business issue. Failure to address the environmental agenda can result in considerable risk to business continuity. The aim of this module is to build both the business and environmental cases for corporate engagement in the environmental agenda and to familiarise you with the application and evaluation of a range of environmental management tools and techniques. The module will examine concepts of risk and risk management, the application of environmental management and assessment tools such as environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems and life cycle assessment and consider the role of stakeholder engagement and communication in environmental change. The module will help you to develop the skills required to support the implementation of environmental programmes and change management in an organisation and includes an opportunity via a live group project to tackle a real organisational environmental problem. Assessment is via an evaluative report and a personal portfolio consisting of a variety of evidence gathered during the group project and a reflective commentary on personal leaning and professional development.

Course info

UCAS Code F751

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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