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CME8132 : Sustainable Industry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta
  • Lecturer: Dr Anjali Jayakumar
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aims of the module are:
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. (M7)
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 demonstrate the need for Environmental, Social, Economic, Equality and Diversity considerations in the management of planning and operation of new projects and review methods to assess this. (M6, M11, M16-M18)

Outline Of Syllabus

Drivers for sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals. Government 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 and LCA.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials130:0030:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes and quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Module assessments preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures. Introduction and teaching sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Practical sessions for sustainability analysis tools
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Study based on provided course materials and recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities110:0010:00Individual or group research and reading for oral examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Independent study time
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CME8038Sustainable Industry
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
Oral Examination1M100Defence of LCA simulation (20 minutes)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MReflective report on poster presentations completed in joint module CME8038)
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 (oral examination) tests the students' critical thinking, ability to peer review, team working skills, written communication, numeracy, research, and subject-specific skills.

Reading Lists