CEM234-Carbon Management and Analysis

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 CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Phil Coker

Email: p.j.coker@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Climate change presents a pressing and complex global challenge, which can be addressed through some combination of adaptating human systems to withstand future impacts and mitigating the worst effects of climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. This module concentrates on the role of carbon management for countries, businesses and individuals in responding to the need for climate change mitigation. Particular attention is given to the role of data in informing government policies and to developing good practice in data analysis and interpretation.

To assess the effectiveness of political, economic and technological responses to climate change, recognising how initiatives can be applied at a range of scales and contexts.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Debate in detail the issues that policy makers must understand and/ or address, including:
- choice of adaptation and/ or mitigation actions,
- equity within and across generations,
- carbon management and economic competitiveness.
• Apply a range of carbon footprinting approaches, incorporating the principles of whole life cycle assessment.
• Access and manipulate data from diverse sources and present data summaries that explain or inform aspects of carbon management at a range of scales.
• Present quantitative and qualitative evidence to support arguments about the technical, economic and environmental viability of carbon mitigation strategies.

Additional outcomes:
Develop skills in analysis and presentation of data, including use of Microsoft Excel and good practice in graphical representation.

Outline content:
• Emissions Trading Schemes – including performance of EUETS.
• Economics principles including ethical implications of discounting and concepts of de-linking.
• Carbon reduction implications for energy delivery, especially electricity grids.
• The tools available to policy makers to address carbon management.
• Carbon footprinting techniques.
• Carbon Management implications for business.

Global context:
Global climate change and the need for international cooperation in responding to it are fundamental to this module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Primarily computer lab tutorials, with additional input provided through seminars and group discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 4
Tutorials 6
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

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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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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