CEM220-Urban Sustainability

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: CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Tim Dixon

Email: t.j.dixon@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module develops an awareness and knowledge of how the principles of sustainable development can be applied in an integrated and holistic way at city level.

The urban sustainability module places sustainable development (SD) within a city-level context but also highlights the importance of integrating SD across building, neighbourhood and city levels to ensure sustainable outcomes. The module explores the different ways in which new cities (e.g. eco-cities and smart cities) and existing cities may be viewed through a range of conceptual frameworks which include ‘metabolic systems’ and ‘complex adaptive’ systems. The overall role of urban planning is also explored in shaping and producing sustainable outcomes in a variety of cities with a key emphasis on sustainable transport. Consideration is also given to the challenges of retrofitting and re-engineering cities to 2050, and the ways in which futures studies can not only help shape city visions, but also help cities plan and monitor energy, water and waste targets. The module also explores the concept of ‘sustainable cities’ and the ways in which the sustainability of cities may be measured, and how key technologies at city level are deployed (for example urban water drainage and urban waste management).

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module assessment delegates will be able to:
• Explain the key concepts of systemic thinking applied to sustainable cities and how this fits within ‘sustainable development’.
• Identify the ways in which sustainability can be measured in an urban context.
• Critically evaluate the role of urban planning in shaping and producing sustainable outcomes in cities.
• Explain how cities should plan and integrate sustainable modes of transport.
• Show how futures studies and related techniques can help the construction and property industries to play a key role in engaging with city visions to 2050.
• Describe the ways in which key technologies (including urban water drainage and urban waste management) can be applied at city level to help produce sustainable outcomes.

Additional outcomes:
Students will also have expected to have developed:
• An understanding of how sustainability may be integrated across scales (building, neighbourhood and city level).
•An ability to recognise key examples of sustainable cities (e.g. eco city; smart city; compact city).
•An awareness of the key actors and networks which operate within the urban sustainability arena.

Outline content:
This module is designed to develop understanding and knowledge through a structured series of topics:
• Introduction and Overview of urban sustainability
• Urban Planning, Systemic Thinking and Sustainable Cities
• Concepts of Sustainable Development and Sustainability
• Sustainability Measurement Systems
• Sustainable Urban Transportation
• Urban Retrofitting
• Urban Energy Systems
• Urban Water Systems
• Urban Waste Systems

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning will comprise a range of presentations from both internal and external lecturers. A high degree of interaction and group exercise work is a feature of the module.
The module will be examined through an applied project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Tutorials 4
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

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Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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