CE3EMA-Environmental Management and Assessment

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

Module Convenor: Dr Jacopo Torriti

Email: j.torriti@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module focuses on the theoretical grounds and practical applications for environmental management and energy economics. The module is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on corporate environmental management, including drivers, tools, contrasting types and strategies. The second part is centred in energy assessment economics, including economic assessment tools, carbon pricing, demand management and other current practices in energy economics in the build environment.

The aim of this module is to introduce issues of environmental management and energy economics from both conceptual and applied perspectives.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Describe the tools used by corporations to manage their environmental impact:

•Analyse the reasons why corporations undertake environmental management.
•Discuss the current state of corporate environmental management practices and their relationship to profitability.

Additional outcomes:
•Carry out calculations using economic assessment tools.
•Compare current practice in carbon pricing and energy economics in the built environment.

Outline content:
An introductory lecture in Week 1 sets out key concepts related to the different business and policy approaches to environmental management. In Weeks 2 – 5, the drivers, tools and contrasting types of corporate environmental management and strategy are reviewed and discussed. Weeks 6 and 7 introduce environmental and economic assessment tools. In week 8 and 9 the ongoing debate about environmental performance versus profitability is used to introduce environmental risk management and other current practices in environmental assessment in the built environment. Week 10 will conclude with a look at practitioner’s experience in applying the economic and environmental assessment tools taught in this course.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures each week will deliver the key concepts, methods, and debates relating to corporate environmental management and assessment. The lectures will draw on the core reading material, supplemented as necessary by further empirical research and case studies.

As a minimum each week, students will be expected to read the core reading material prior to the lecture. The core reading material will usually be limited to a small number of book sections or journal articles to ensure students have time to prepare fully. Students are also encouraged to review the list of further readings and/or find and suggest their own reading material on the weekly topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Produce a conference poster representing the position on climate change of an integrated energy company of which you are senior manager.
Assignment of 2000 words

Penalties for late submission:

There will be a deduction of 10% for any work submitted up to one week after the original deadline date for submission; thereafter a mark of zero will be recorded
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:
    one two hour exam

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements: Assignment of 2000 words submitted and re-examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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