Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM7220
Module Title
Environmental Auditing and Management skills
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 1 x 3 Hour Workshop
Lecture 6 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 2 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 3 x 3 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  10%
Semester Assessment Individual Environmental auditing report  (up to 2500 words)  30%
Semester Assessment Group case study report  (up to 5000 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Job application and 20 minute interview  10%
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. Communicate effectively in oral, written and/or visual format.

2. Assimilate and synthesise information from published research and databases.

3. Evaluate research data in a wider context.

4. Conduct research searches using library, IT and database sources.

5. Undertake a basic environmental auditing procedure.

6. Make an effective application for an appropriate career opportunity.

Brief description

This module aims to provide training in environmental auditing and professional skills (including project management, work scheduling, meeting objectives and deadlines, budgeting and record keeping) that will maximize employability in the environment sector. Central to its aims are to develop effective communication (oral presentation and report writing) and team working skills addressed in the context of problem-centred case studies. Environmental Auditing will provide the opportunity to engage with a professional environment practitioner. Employability skills will also be developed through job application exercises.

This module will also address issues such as project management (work scheduling, setting objectives and deadlines, budgeting and record keeping)

Aims

To improve student employability by providing training in key topics valued in the environment sector and by developing their presentational skills.

Content

This module consists of three elements. Firstly, a series of seminars will be given covering environmental auditing procedures as applied to several real world scenarios. Secondly, group case study exercises will be undertaken where students will address specific environmental management problems. Introductory sessions will outline the purpose and delivery of this element of the module, emphasising good group working practices (e.g. allocation of specified roles, minuting of case study meetings). The students will then engage with individual members of staff acting as the client for each case study. Students will be guided in the delivery of group presentations and reports. In the final element of the module, aimed at improving employability, individual students will engage in an application and interview process for specified positions within the environmental management sector.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number In evaluating datasets from case studies.
Communication Case study presentations and report writing.
Improving own Learning and Performance In developing interpretation and reporting skills.
Information Technology In production of the assignment report.
Personal Development and Career planning Interactions with stakeholders.
Problem solving In addressing case study assignment briefs and reporting on these.
Research skills In developing the research context for the case studies. negotiation exercise and the assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Environmental auditing procedures.
Team work Case studies involve group work and this element is assessed in presentations and reports.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7