CEM236-Environmental Quality and Well-being

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: CEM102 Business of Construction CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Stefan Smith

Email: s.t.smith@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The built environment is designed to regulate the immediate surroundings of people to aid the daily activities we undertake. This is relevant from city scale through to individual buildings and indoor space. In the context of the built environment, environmental quality is understood through known impacts of environmental conditions on human health, combined with subjective measures that relate to individual and group perception of quality. An understanding of environmental quality will be developed by introducing principles of environmental systems, measurement of environmental quality, health and well-being and the influence of urban development on the surrounding environment.

To provide a broad view of environmental quality within an urban setting, so that students understand the impact of urban development on human health and well-being. The students will also develop an understanding of the different scales (from city to building) associated with environmental quality and control and be introduced to different measures used as indicators of environmental quality.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• Key components of environmental quality
• Indicators of environmental quality
• Environmental quality applied to an urban environment
• Environmental quality of indoor environments
• Monitoring and measurement procedures
• Analysis of data for assessing environmental quality
• Policy instruments for environmental quality
• Environmental quality and human health
• Connection between indoor and outdoor environment (holistic view of future design).

Additional outcomes:
• Environmental control legislation – global control, national control
• The role of environmental quality in sustainable urban development and building design

Outline content:
• Introduction to urban development, environmental quality and the indoor environment
• Key components of environmental quality such as thermal, acoustic, visual and air quality
• Different environmental systems and measures of environmental quality
• Influence of environment on human health and well-being
• Measurement and instrumentation for assessing environmental quality
• Holistic methods of assessing environmental quality
• Transportation of pollutants (cities and buildings)
• Environmental control legislation
• Indoor environmental control and health
• Smart Cities to manage environmental quality
• Climate Change and impacts on environmental quality and health

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, tutorials, workshops

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

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Set exercise 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
During practical sessions and formal in-class discussions, feedback will be integrated to support the development of ideas and to guide development of practical skills.

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

Assessment 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: 20 April 2018


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