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CME8012 : Business and Environmental Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anjali Jayakumar
  • Lecturer: Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the essential integration of environmental and sustainability considerations as fundamental components of modern business practices. It will illustrate the drivers, frameworks, techniques, and practical challenges involved in the successful implementation of environmental management.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module gives an overview of sustainability and environmental management as a business concern and the benefits to be gained from a proactive approach to environmental improvement. It discusses the techniques, incentives, frameworks, challenges involved in environmental management, which are used to monitor and implement environmental improvements within the workplace.

The module covers concepts such as:
Drivers and controls for business and environmental management e.g. legislative, fiscal, political, behavioural

Environmental Policies

Environmental Management Systems

Business and environmental management in the current world e.g. Climate Finance, Carbon pricing and carbon markets

Case studies demonstrating environmental management, with a focus on the energy and natural resources sector

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00lectures (can be online if necessary, especially guest lectures).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam preparation.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities114:0014:00Formative assessment preparation and completion (Group work).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Review, Revise lectures / materials plus background reading etc
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

At Masters level the focus is on guided independent study and group supported learning. Online guided learning material is delivered to students via Canvas. The lectures (in-person and online, including guest lectures) Present in Person (PiP) and any synchronous online sessions will provide students with the opportunity to discuss concepts with lecturers and their peers to consolidate their understanding.

Information literacy, interpersonal communication, planning and organisation, numeracy and written communication will be practiced throughout.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1051A10090 minute exam plus 15 minutes reading time.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral PresentationMGroup work based on drivers for business and environmental management (Pass/Fail)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

·       In the group presentation assessment (zero weighted pass/fail), students will be assessed for their critical analysis and comparison of variations in drivers for environmental management, especially environmental legislation and policies between different countries. They will be assessed on identifying and critically analysing the drivers (e.g. socio-economic, political, historic, geographic) for the differences or similarities between countries. They will also analyse the potential impact of these legislations and their implementation (or lack of) on environmental improvements and appraise their links to climate and social justice. The students’ ability to conduct a thorough literature review on the relevant sector will also be assessed. They will also evaluate their own and their groups work.

·       The exam will be based on both short answer and essay questions. The questions will be designed to examine student skills to critically review and audit the typical aspects, impacts and opportunities for improvement in environmental practice within different industrial sectors, based on internationally accepted environment management practices. This will give the student the opportunity to embed and further build on the material given during the module.

Reading Lists