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CME8012 : Business and Environmental Management

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To show students the requirement for industry to consider the environment and sustainability as a core business concern and demonstrate how to implement environmental management in practice.

To highlight the key environmental and sustainability drivers of concern within the business community and the benefits to be gained from a proactive approach to environmental improvement. To describe the techniques and methods involved in environmental auditing and management which may be used to monitor and implement environmental improvements within the workplace.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of sustainability as a business concern;
Environmental controls and legislation Environmental Management Systems focusing on;
ISO14001. Environmental Policies and Reporting;
Environmental issues concerning water, effluent waste and energy;
Environmental auditing;
Environmental Reviews.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Assessment preparation and completion (Group work)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Assessment preparation (Independent assessment)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PiP lectures - can be online if necessary
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities151:0015:00On line audit exercise
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00group learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Case study exercise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:00Review, Revise lectures / materials plus background reading etc
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lectures impart key knowledge. Additional lecture materials - videos and web links give additional examples of good and bad practice and demonstrate real life issues. Group auditing exercises demonstrates how auditing can be done remotely and effectively. Individual exercise allows the students to appreciate how environmental management affects businesses within an industrial sector in practice. Quizzes will test knowledge of each topic covered in lectures.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information. Online alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Summative report
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
ReportMA group audit based around remote auditing of the University campus (Pass/Fail)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment comprises:
-Formative A group audit based around remote auditing of the University campus (Pass/Fail)
-Summative report will be an individual assessment of the challenges faced by a particular industrial sector, the drivers for EMS , typical aspects and impacts and opportunities for improvement and examples of good and bad Environmental practice within the sector. (guidance 2500 words excluding Refs, Figs and Tables)

Key understanding is assessed by individual case studies assessment of the environmental issues surrounding a particular Industrial sector. Short answer quizzes demonstrate the students' knowledge of topics relating to Environmental management. Group audit reports will give a practical demonstrate of how environmental auditing in done in real life.

Reading Lists