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Module

ACE3207 : Sustainable Development and Environmental Valuation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Annotated bibliography
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Contingent valuation study design
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00PiP workshops
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00PiP drop in sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
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 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.
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Annotated bibliography (review of 10 references)
Written exercise1M50Contingent valuation study design exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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).

Reading Lists

Timetable