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NES3112 : Sustainable Development and Environmental Valuation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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. Examples will be used throughout the module allowing students to evaluate ‘real-world’ situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

What are environmental values?
Sustainability and sustainable development in theory and practice
Cost benefit analysis (CBA)
Contingent valuation
Revealed preference methods
Deliberative methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Annotated bibliography
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00PiP workshops
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00PiP drop in sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
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 (1-4) 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100unseen exam
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
Report1MAnnotated bibliography
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Having studied the origins and concept of sustainable development, students will develop an annotated bibliography in support of a working definition of sustainability and sustainable development.

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 3, 4, 5, 6).

Study abroad students may request an alternative assessment to be returned via VLE.

Reading Lists