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CME8038 : Sustainable Industry

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Lecturer: Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide knowledge and understanding of the need for sustainability to be a key consideration in engineering practice. To underline the requirements for consideration to environmental, social and economic factors when making business decisions.
To explain the need for Sustainable Development, the role of Chemical Engineering in society and understand the requirement for its activities to be conducted in a sustainable way. To show the need for Environmental, Social and Economic considerations in the management of planning and operation of new projects and review methods to assess this.

Outline Of Syllabus

Drivers for sustainable development, Millenium GoalsGovernment strategies, Economic Instruments,; Sustainability Principles and Policies; Stakeholder analysis, Sustainability Reporting, CSR, ESG Risk and Communication, Media/community relations. Methods of Assessment of the Sustainability of projects such as SusOp.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00PiP Lectures (NOT ESSENTIAL). Introduction and teaching sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Online synchronous tutorial session
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials116:0016:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework Assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading137:0037:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00Individual or group research and reading for formative exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00PiP or synchronous online.
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 asynchronous discussions and Synchronous online sessions will provide students with the opportunity to discuss concepts with lecturers and their peers to consolidate their understanding.

Key knowledge is developed and consolidated by the summative assessment which allows the students to evaluate and understand the limitations and applications of SD techniques to assess projects in real life

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances and if necessary all PiP will be moved to Zoom. Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Coursework assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework assignment tests the students' critical thinking, ability to peer review, team working skills, written communication, numeracy, research and subject-specific skills.

Reading Lists