KE7021 - Environmental Management in Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

Recent reviews of the environmental management sector identified the need for practical experience of applying environmental management tools in the workplace. In this module you will learn about the range of tools that can be used to measure the environmental impacts and sustainability of an organisation. You will find out about the standard methods that can be used to improve the environmental management of an organisation, the advantages and disadvantages of each method and their application in practice. You will undertake environmental surveys, assessment the success of organisations in meeting environmental targets and make recommendations for improving environmental performance.

This is a practical module, you will learn how to apply environmental management tools and develop the competency to enable you to implement them in an organisation. You will explore the application of environmental management tools in two areas:
1. Improving sustainability in existing organisations and
2. Minimising and mitigating environmental impacts in relation to new developments.

In the module you will look at five broad elements of environmental management in practice:
1. Why consider environmental management, what are the main methods and approaches, tools and targets.
2. The main environmental management systems, EMS, environmental auditing, corporate social responsibility.
3. Systems for managing resources – waste, energy, life cycle analysis.
4. Management of policies, programmes and for managing new developments – Strategic environmental assessment, sustainability appraisals, environmental impact assessment.
5. Change management and environmental reporting.

This module is of direct relevance to safety and health practitioners as in medium sized and small organisations the roles of managing health and safety are often combined with that of managing environmental and sustainability issues.

How will I learn on this module?

A variety of methods and tools will be used to help your learning in this module. You will spend part of the time each week working on case studies and practical projects and learning by applying environmental management tools in practice and reflecting on their application. Such practical based learning will be supported by a series of seminars, workshops, podcasts and online material covering standard tools and methods. Individual and small group tutorials will give you the opportunity discuss their experience and apply and evaluate the environmental tools and approaches to their project areas. The weekly sessions will provide you with advice and guidance as you develop your own competencies in environmental management and work towards the module assessments.

The modules assessment is 100% coursework and consists of two items:
1: Case study assessment of environmental management in a named organisation (50%)
2: Individual environmental impact assessment/environmental risk assessment looking at selected impact types of a proposed development (50% marks).

In addition to learning about environmental management tools you will also develop and enhance a range of transferrable employability skills of direct relevance to future employment, these include: team working, self management, problem solving, knowledge of the business word and the role of environmental management in this world, analysing problems and coming up with creative solutions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Weekly lectures and practical work are supported by small group and one to one tuition to provide individual focused support to you in your learning. In addition podcasts and readers and lecture material are all available on the module eLP site. Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Critically review the range of tools for evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of an organisations environmental management and make justified recommendation for improving environmental performance.
• MLO 2: Identify likely impacts of proposed development/plans, evaluate the significance of such environmental impacts and recommend appropriate mitigation, minimisation and compensation methods.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Apply selected environmental management / auditing tools in the workplace. Report on the findings of such surveys and present recommendations for sustainable management to non-technical audience.
• MLO 4: Work effectively as part of a team to undertake cross disciplinary assessment of the environmental impacts and risks associated with proposed plans, policies or programmes and provide justified practical advice/recommendations.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• MLO 5: Develop a deeper and more critical awareness of the role of sustainability and the environment within an organisation context and act to raise awareness of these with others.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of this module is 100% coursework and consists of two items:

1: case study assessment of environmental management in a named organisation (50% of module marks)
You will apply and evaluate the use of two selected environmental management tools in a named workplace/organisation. This may take the form of a wider sustainability/environmental audit linked an environmental management system or a targeted audit of energy, waste, resources.
You will produce a 2000 word audit report with justified recommendations for improving environmental management in that organisation and a critical evaluation of the audit they have undertaken (Assessment relates to MLOs 1, 3, 5).

2: individual environmental impact assessment/environmental risk assessment looking at selected impact types of a proposed development (50% marks).
Working as a team you will undertake a scoping of the likely impacts of a local proposed development. Individually you will go onto investigate a particular type of impact determining the extent and type of impacts and making recommendations for minimising these.

The assessment will take the form of a group scoping table and an individual 1,500 word environment impact report and verbal defence of the report (Assessment relates to MLOs 3, 4, 5).

Verbal feedback will be provided via one to one and small group tutorials. Written individual and group feedback will be given to students on summative assessments.





Module abstract

The Environmental Management in Practice module does just what it says on the tin. In this module you will discover the range of tools and methods which can be used to assess the sustainability and environmental impacts of an organisation you will then go onto apply these tools to a range of real world situations and develop the competencies to apply these in practice, analyse the results and make practical recommendations for improving environmental performance. The module enables students to develop a range of practical competencies required for working in the field of environmental management.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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