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ACE3207 : Sustainable Development and Environmental Valuation

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The overall aim of the Module is to engage students with the topic of sustainable development and to raise students' awareness of the economic and other approaches that can be used to evaluate projects and policies that impact on the environment. Case studies will be used throughout the module allowing students to evaluate ‘real-world’ situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

What are environmental values?
Cost-based approaches to environmental valuation
Sustainability and sustainable development in theory and practice
Cost benefit analysis (CBA)
Contingent valuation
Revealed preference methods
Qualitative approaches to project and policy appraisal
Balancing economic, environmental and social outcomes
Environmental valuation in practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation and organisation of materials to present the annotated bibliography
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for and completion of Contingent Valuation Exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Revision for Semester 1 examination and completing examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Active learning activities
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity161:0016:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Background reading and research reading beyond the course materials on module topics
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the basic knowledge framework and appropriate further reading will provide insight into a range of issues of how the environmental impacts associated with policies and projects in the countryside can be evaluated for appraisal purposes.
Open discussions within lectures will provide an opportunity to articulate and critically evaluate alternative approaches to the evaluation of policies and projects with significant environmental impacts.
Workshops will allow the use of more active learning approaches to engage with practical case studies.
This combination of activities allows the intended knowledge outcomes (1-3) to be achieved through the development of the students skills in critical evaluation and discussion of a range of multi-disciplinary materials (intended skills outcomes 5 & 6). Students are given a range of opportunities to critically engage with materials from both the academic and practitioner literature.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Contingent valuation questionnaire design and preparation (< 1000 words).
Report1M30Annotated bibliography (review of 20-30 references)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The contingent valuation questionnaire exercise develops students' core skills in questionnaire design and provides an opportunity to practice designing a contingent valuation exercise for a real-world problem of their choice (ILO 4).
Following up work completed for the first seminar, students will develop an annotated bibliography in support of a working definition of sustainability and sustainable development (ILO 1, 5).

The unseen examination tests individual understanding of the principles of cost benefit analysis, and the ability of students to critically assess the application of commonly used techniques for evaluating projects and policies with significant environmental impacts. The examination will assess individual performance through the application of knowledge and skills (ILO 2, 3, 5, 6).

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