CME8038 : Sustainable Industry

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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Need for sustainable development and laws of thermodynamics, limits of growth and carrying capacity, Carbon Accounting and Ecofootprinting, Carbon Offsetting; Natural Capitalism; Key Performance and Sustainability Indicators; Role of the engineer in sustainable development. Government strategies, Economic Intstruments,; Sustainability Principles and Policies; Stakeholder analysis, Ethical responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility; CSR and Risk Communication, Sustainability Reporting, Media/community relations. This syllabus will be delivered partly through lectures and discussion but also through the use of workshops and/or class exercises.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Exam and presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion251:0025:00case studies/written report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:3031:30Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge and concepts of Sustainable development are taught in lectures. Case study based workshops and/or assessed presentations allow the students to evaluate and understand the limitations and applications of SD techniques in a business context.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70N/A
Oral Presentation301M20Group oral presentation and minutes of meetings
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M10Individual self reflective report (approx. 1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Key knowledge is assessed by formal examination and understanding of the practical applications of sustainable development are assessed through participation in workshops and by an oral presentation and written report.

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