CE3UES-Urban Ecosystems

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: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Eugene Mohareb

Email: e.mohareb@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module describes the interdependency between the built environment and the natural environment.


To demonstrate the role of natural systems and processes and how they affect the sustainability of urban areas.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Demonstrate the limitations imposed on urban areas through thermodynamic principles; Evaluate the sustainability of resource consumption in the built environment; Describe the resource cycles and material flows that influence the built environment; Evaluate an urban metabolism case study; Compare and contrast carbon footprints of different cities; Discuss ways in which cities can be modeled after natural ecosystems to improve resource efficiency

Additional outcomes:

Students should be able to present the outcome of their work to course staff and other members of the class.

Outline content:

Assignments in which students examine an urban metabolism case study and propose context - specific improvements to the resource flows

Students will be given 5 hours of tutorial related to project supervision, where they will have the opportunity to receive one-to-one and group guidance about the project

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Tutorials 5
Project Supervision 5
Guided independent study 75
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Report 10
Oral assessment and presentation 40
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Students will submit a proposal in week 4 describing their chosen city, why they have selected it, some of the issues the city has with resource consumption, and a list of relevant literature.

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:

    Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 19 September 2017

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