KE6012 - Sustainable Resource Management

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What will I learn on this module?

The sustainable use and management of resources is a key challenge for the future. This requires a rapid transition from a linear economy where resources move from source to sink, to a circular model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from resources during their life and recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of their life.

In this module you will explore some of the current trends and issues in the management of a number of key resources, focusing in particular on water and energy. Appropriate policy and technological solutions to the challenges will be introduced. You will then go on to explore the sustainable management of solid waste and the application of the waste hierarchy, exploring the links between waste management and sustainable resource consumption.

How will I learn on this module?

Module delivery is based on a series of lectures to introduce the subject material and provide a framework for understanding. You will have the opportunity to supplement your learning via a number of short, local visits that allow you to see first had some of the approaches discussed in lectures. For example waste related trips may include, a visit to a local materials recovery facility or an energy from waste incinerator while water related trips may include a visit to a waste water treatment facility or a sustainable urban drainage system depending upon availability.

Current research, policy developments and case studies will be used throughout the module to illustrate the topics discussed.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All teaching materials for the module are made available on the module eLP site. You will also have access to a number of on line self- assessment quizzes which will allow you to check your understanding of the topics covered in the module. 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: Critically evaluate the sustainability and environmental impacts associated with the use and management of a range of resources.
• MLO 2: Discuss the principles underpinning resource management in the UK and, the policy framework and policy tools in place.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Critically evaluate strategies for waste management, proposing solutions for the management of a defined waste stream
• MLO 4: Critically appraise the use of water as a finite resource and identify mechanisms for its protection
• MLO 5: Critically appraise the use of energy and identify mechanisms for mitigating the adverse consequences of energy use.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 6: Articulate the need for equity and sustainability in the management of resources at a local and global level.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment for the module includes three components
1. A 2500 word report, focused on either the supply or demand side of the energy system, which discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the interventions being made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and improve the efficiency of energy end use. This allows students to consider the technological and management challenges associated with changing aspects of the energy system. (35%) (LOs 1,2 and 5)

2. Poster providing advice and guidance on the delivery of clean water and sanitation in a given location for a defined target audience. (30%) (LOs 1, 2, 4 and 6)

3. A 2500 word report. Students select a waste stream and prepare a report that describes the waste and critically reviews the options for handling it in the context of the appropriate legislation and regulations. This exercise allows students to explore the various management options that are the subject of the lecture programme in the context of just one waste stream. (35%) (LOs 1, 2, and 3)

Formative assessment
A series of on-line quizzes will be used so that students can self-assess their understanding of the various topics included in the module

Feedback
Written feedback will be provided on each of the components of assessment.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The sustainable use and management of resources is a key challenge for the future. This requires a rapid transition from a linear economy where resources move from source to sink, to a circular model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from resources during their life and recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of their life.

In this module you will explore some the current trends and issues in the management of a number of key resources, focusing in particular on water and energy. Appropriate policy and technological solutions to the challenges will be introduced. You will then go on to explore the sustainable management of solid waste and the application of the waste hierarchy, exploring the links between waste management and sustainable resource consumption.

The external visits will allow you to explore resource management in practice while the assessments are designed to allow you to explore in depth the management of key resources/waste streams, evaluating sustainable approaches to their management.

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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