Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM6820
Module Title
Sustainability, Energy and Environment
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 2 x 9 Hour Field Trips
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Individual scoping report  (up to 2500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment 30 minute subject based oral examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment that are equivalent to those that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss anthropogenic impacts on the planet (both in a local and global context).

2. Discuss and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of wide range of approaches, technologies and solutions that can be used to achieve sustainable development.

3. Synthesise and scope forward a research area for future applications and opportunities via a report.

4. Effectively communicate (discuss and describe) orally the topics of energy, environment and sustainability (above) considered by this module.

Brief description

The module covers energy, climate change, agriculture, biodiversity, waste, water and natural resource exploitation. The aim is to cover the key global threats and identify solutions and options to aspire towards future sustainable development. Scenarios and solutions are presented at the individual, societal and global levels, ranging from changes in behaviour to alternative energy use. Workshops involve seminars, debates, case studies and formative exercises on relevant topics and these are complemented by two study visits focusing on energy and biodiversity. The module is assessed by a scoping research review and an oral examination.

Aims

The module aims to provide a broad and high level understanding of the topic and develop research skills and communication using both written and oral methods.

Content

The module covers energy, climate change, agriculture, biodiversity, waste, water and natural resource exploitation. The aim is to cover the key global threats and identify solutions and options to aspire towards future sustainable development. Scenarios and solutions are presented at the individual, societal and global levels, ranging from changes in behaviour to alternative energy use. The module provides excellent vocational skills and bridges the important gap between theory and practice in the environmental sciences. Workshops involve seminars, debates and case study exercises on relevant topics delivered / led by both staff and students. The workshops are complemented by two study visits focusing on energy and biodiversity.

The students will engage in non assessed oral presentations and discussion of topics and build confidence in the communication of science and sustainability. The content delivered, wider reading and communication skills are assessed by discussion of topics covered under oral examination conditions. Formative exercises and experience in class aim to prepare and develop the students for this assessment. Following exposure to various topics, mid-way in the Semester students engage in the development of a scoping study where they focus on a relevant topic of their choice. They scope forward and apply a technology or approach in order to achieve a more sustainable outcome for a given situation or problem. Students engage in formative exercises to provide them with confidence when critically interpreting research and the literature; to make them fully familiar with the scoping process; to improve their presentation and writing skills.

Week 1-11 Workshops covering topics and developing learning skills around Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Week 3 and 7 Field visits.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Incorporated into scoping report but not directly assessed
Communication Via oral examination and scoping report
Improving own Learning and Performance Formative learning workshops
Information Technology Only via delivery of scoping report
Personal Development and Career planning Oral examination will help students identify their strengths and will inform future career choice
Problem solving Via scoping report
Research skills Via scoping report

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7