AP3AE70-Environmental Management in Practice

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Martin Wagner

Email: m.a.wagner@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module explores the ways in which businesses and organisations take into account the impacts of their activities on the environment, and how they react to the effects of the environment on their business. The module considers the costs and motivations for environmental management for businesses, industries, nations and the world,

The module focuses on understanding environmental impact within a changing world and methods and drivers to manage and minimise the impacts of human activities, with a particular focus on industry and businesses.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Explore the potential environmental consequences of a range of business activities.
2. Explain the relationship between regulation of business and corporate responsibility in managing environmental impact
3. Outline approaches to environmental impact assessment and assess the carbon footprints of organisations
4. Investigate environmental management practices in a range of businesses including Environmental Management Systems.
5. Outline the main economic and environmental issues surrounding climate change and discuss mitigation and adaptation approaches.
6. Apply principles to practice for a real client organisation

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to develop investigative field and desk research and report writing skills to a business audience.

Outline content:
1. Overview of environmental impacts from human activities .
2. Assessing impacts including an introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment process.
3. Environmental regulation of industry.
4. Corporate perspectives – corporate responsibility and sustainability.
5. Environmental management project for an external client
6. Field visits related to water and air protection.
7. Case studies in environmental management - outside speaker
8. Managing environmental change: mitigation and adaption
9. Implementing environmental management in organisations: policies, systems and governance

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will have a core thread of lectures but incorporates Team-Based Learning methods to engage students and help them apply principles in practical situations through team exercises. There are three external visits, one of which is linked to an applied environmental management assessment for a real client.

Transferable & Specialist skills covered:

Written communication
Professional report writing
Problem-solving in teams

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
External visits 12
Guided independent study 73
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Set exercise to include multiple choice tests 35%; and team tests and exercises 15% (moderated by peer evaluation of individual contributions to team outputs).
Client project report 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By coursework.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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