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CME8038 : Sustainable Industry

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta
  • Lecturer: Miss Sharon Joyce, Dr Anjali Jayakumar
  • 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 ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00PiP Lectures. Introduction and teaching sessions.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework Assignments (Poster and Essay)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials116:0016:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0024:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities110:0010:00Individual or group research and reading for formative exercise
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 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 formative group work which allows the students to evaluate and understand the limitations and applications of SD techniques to assess projects in real life

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Coursework assignment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Poster1MPoster Presentation - Groupwork
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative work facilitates the development of group work skills whilst allowing the students to critically assess the role of engineering in society and present those findings. 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