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CME8038 : Sustainable Industry

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Lecturer: Dr Sue Haile
  • 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, limits of growth and carrying capacity, Carbon Accounting , Footprinting, Carbon Offsetting; Natural Capitalism; Role of the engineer in sustainable development. 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 Total Sustainability Management. This syllabus will be delivered partly through lectures, group work and discussion but also through the use of workshops and/or class exercises.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessment Preparation and Completion (Completion of Group Minutes)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Assessment Preparation and Completion (Preparation of Group Video)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessment Preparation and Completion (Case Study Research)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Including a presentation by a company on Sustainability in Business. Lecture will summarise info
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Self-reflective report including peer review of 10 videos.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:304:30On Line Test (3 attempts allowed, (25 randomised questions from a pool of 75).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Tutorials with DPD as required by Individuals groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00Summative assessment of case study progress. Peer review Seminars (class will be spilt into cohorts)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:153:30Preparation for online test
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Review lecture material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge and concepts of Sustainable development are taught in lectures and in additional online lecture notes which are supplemented with links to further reading. Case studies demonstrate the wide variety of sustainability challenges associated with developing new industrial projects and the need to engage with stakeholders effectively to manage Environmental and Social Government risk. The industrial speaker demonstrates the real world challenges business face when trying to operate more sustainable and how these might be overcome.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201M60Open book. Pass mark 55%.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Individual report. 1000 words.
Report1M30Group Report. 5 pages in length.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MPractice test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge is consolidated by the online quiz, consolidation of this knowledge is assessed via online quiz. Case study based workshop and assessed video presentations allow the students to evaluate and understand the limitations and applications of SD techniques to assess projects in real life and consider the roles and attitudes of stakeholders. The midterm peer review session allows students to review each other ideas and discuss what aspects of Sustainability they may have overlooked. The use of the video allows students to present their results assisted by being able to use film clips of the types and./or locations of projects they are assessing and also role play views of stakeholder. Self-reflective report allows students to consider what they have learnt and reviewing other group’s videos lets them appreciate the Sustainability challenges of other types of projects.

Reading Lists