CEM220-Urban Sustainability

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Tim Dixon

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

Type of module:

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.

Aims:

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). The module compares and contrasts approaches to urban sustainability through a comparison of approaches in the developed and developing world (and with a particular emphasis on emerging economies).


Assessable learning 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. An understanding of how approaches to urban sustainability can differ across economic development contexts


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. An understanding of how approaches to urban sustainability can differ across economic development contexts


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 Emerging economies

  • 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
       
Total hours for module 100

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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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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6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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