Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4

Module Convenor: Dr Katherine Hyde

Email: k.hyde@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The Sustainability Module challenges students studying Construction Management and Engineering to develop their understanding of the meaning of sustainability in the context of the built environment and the needs of sustainable cities and infrastructure. The Module prepares students for the day-to-day challenges of implementing innovative and sustainable building solutions, technologies and mitigation. Case studies are included in the Module

The Aims of the Module are:

1)to explain the role of Sustainability within the sector and to explain the value of Sustainability in construction and the built environment;
2)to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding;
3)to enable students to demonstrate their ability to apply that knowledge and understanding.

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.Explain the broad environmental, energy and sustainability requirements for construction, buildings and development, including the impacts of climate change;
2.Analyse and quantify the energy requirements for buildings, including domestic energy; explain the role of energy efficiency in buildings;
3.Examine and analyse, both qualitatively and quantitatively, environmental impacts and carbon emissions arising from buildings in-use and during construction; recommend measures for the control of pollution, and environmental mitigation during construction;
4.Evaluate and apply Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) methodologies;
5.Evaluate renewable energy systems and technologies for buildings, including their economic performance;

Additional outcomes:
1- Short written group assignment
2- Group teamworking.

Outline content:
Key skills in critical thinking and problem solving:
1)the generally understood meaning of sustainable and environmentally considerate construction and buildings; Sustainable Development checklists; climate change and carbon footprinting
2)energy provision and energy efficiency within the built environment;
3)sustainable energy generation and requirements for buildings; PVSyst workshop; micro-generation; SAP, EPCs and the Code for Sustainable Homes; relevant Building Regulations; high performance buildings;
4)Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and construction operations and the pre-existing site environment;
5)Site Waste Planning and environmental control for sites; environmental mitigation, remediation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, Group work, Tutorials,Site work and associated Problem-Based Learning ( where relevant) , and Private Study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 11
Seminars 9
Project Supervision 3
Guided independent study 77
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: one assignment

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

There will be a deduction of 10% for any work submitted up to one week after the original deadline for submission. thereafter a mark of zero will be recorded.

Length of examination:
One and half hour examination in May/June

Requirements for a pass:
40% Overall

Reassessment arrangements:
One hour 30 minutes examination in August/September

Last updated: 22 August 2013

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