Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

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 practise and application of Sustainability in construction and the built environment;
2)to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Sustainability in construction:
3)to enable students to apply critical thinking and problem solving to their knowledge and understanding of Sustainability.

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:
1)General Introduction to the Sustainability Module; aims, objectives, learning outcomes
2)Introduction to the CE3CS1 autumn group assignment
3)Environmental Impact Assessment
4)Carbon Pricing: Principles, Methods and Applications
5)Climate Change
6)Pros and cons of Renewable Energy
7)Decarbonising the Electricity Grid
8)Sustainable Materials and Embodied Carbon in Construction
9)Code for Sustainable Homes and LEED
11)Domestic Energy Use; Smart Metering, Resource Efficiency and Monitoring
12)Contaminated Land and Remediation
13)Water Efficiency in the Built Environment, and Greywater Systems
14)Water and Sustainable Urban Systems

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 15
Seminars 5
Guided independent study 80
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:

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:
    2 hour examination in May/June

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% Overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    One hour 2 hour examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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