20 credits at level HE6
To identify the role of environmental management systems (EMS) and environmetal assessment (EA) in the drive for sustainable development.
To identify the main features of the EA process (at both the project and the strategic level) within the UK and abroad
To understand the main implications of the EA process to those concerned with the sustainable use of the environment
To recognise and select appropriate methods for the assessment, evaluation and prediction of the impacts of proposed developments, plans and programmes.
To provide examples of the working of EMS's in industry and to identify and describe the components of a typical EMS.
To critically evaluate the environmental management standards currently available (EMAS & ISO14000)
Overall, the aim is to provide information, supported by case study material available in the public domain, on the role, structure, methods of implementation, and potential outcomes of EMS's and EIAs, so that students could apply their knowledge in a workplace situation.
Putting project-level EIA and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) into context
EU Directives concerned with environmental assessment
Stages of EIA - Screening, Scoping, Baseline Studies, Consultation & Public participation, Predictions, Environmental Statements, Monitoring & Mitigation, Post-auditing.
Setting the process of environmental management in the context of the drive for sustainable development: Outline of the concept of sustainable development, alternative definitions. What are management systems? Quality management. TQM. ISO 9000. Environmental management. TQEM. Case study examples.
Examples of EMS's in industry, businesses, universities, and other organisations.
Components and workings of an EMS.
Evaluation of an EMS.
Environmental management standards:EMAS & ISO 14000. Other national environmental management standards.
Environmental management tools - EIA, LCA, Purchasing Policies, the Natural Step.
There will be 12 weeks of 3 hour-long classes. These classes will typically consist of presentations by the tutor interspersed with group activities and feedback sessions. Emphasis will be placed on group work, utilising the mass of information available in electronic as well as in paper form. Keynote interactive lectures will be used to direct students to appropriate topic areas and these expanded through informal tutorial sessions and student-centred exercises. These activities will be supported by video material, text-based and electronic material.
The learning time for this module is 200 hours. This will be allocated approximately as follows:
Class contact 12 x 3 hours = 36 hours
Private study = 124 hours
Time completing assessments = 40 hours
Total = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to demonstrate and understanding of the place of Environmental Assessment as a tool for achieving sustainable development||
a) Describe the context in which Environmental Assessment operates.
b) Describe the stages involved in Environmental Impact Assessment & Strategic Environmental Assessment, as outlined in EU Directives and in UK procedures
|2.||Be able to describe key stages in the Environmental Assessment process||Outline the function of key stages in the EIA/SEA process e.g. screening, scoping, mitigation, etc.|
|3.||Be able to crtitically analyse the Environmental Assessment process.||Be able to discuss advantages, disadvantages and suggest alternative approaches to a variey of methodologies used in EA.|
|4.||Be able to able to communicate information in a coherent and logical manner||Give an oral presentation on a topic related to Environmental Assessment to an appropriate standard.|
|5.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the roles of EMS's in the drive for sustainable development, and in organisations.||
a) Relate EMS's to the global aim of sustainable development
b) Cite case study examples of EMS's found in industry.
c) Select and describe appropriate examples from the mass of material available
d) Describe and explain the significance of the components of a typical EMS. A full description is needed, supported by an appropriate flow diagram.
e) Describe how to set up an EMS appropriate for a particular organisation. The EMS should be tailored to the particular organisation, in terms of its complexity.
f) Evaluate the effectiveness of an EMS in an organisation.
|6.||Design an appropriate EMS||Tailor an EMS to a particular organisation in terms of its complexity.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Presentation outlining current practice in Environmental Assessment||Examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Department of the Environment (1989) Environmental Assessment - a guide to procedures. HMSO.
Glasson, J. Therivel, R. & Chadwick, A. (1999) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. 2nd Edition UCL Press.
Morris, P. & Therivel, R. (2001) Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment. 2nd Edition Spon.
Singleton, R., Castle, P. & Short, D. (1999) Environmental Assessment. Thomas Telford
Weston, J. (1997) Planning & Environmental Impact Assessment in Practice. Longman
Wood, C. (2002) Environmental Impact Assessment: a Comparative Review. 2nd Edition Longman.
The ENDS Report
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
European Planning Studies
Journal of Environmental Management
Journal of Environmental Planning & Management
Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Barrow, C.J. (1999) Environmental management, principles and practice. Routledge.
Burkett, D. (1990) The costs to industry of adopting environmentally friendlier practices. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Out of print but available in library).
BSI (1996) The EMS handbook. British Standards Institute.
Gilbert, M. & Gould, R. (1998) Achieving Environmental Standards. 2nd Edition Pitman.
Hillary, R. (1993) The eco-management and audit scheme. (EMAS). Technical Communications (Out of print but available in library).
Jackson, S.L. (1997) ISO14001: Implementation Guide. Wiley.
McDonagh, P. & Prothero, A. (1997) Green Management. Dryden Press.
Sheldon, C. (1997) ISO14001 and beyond. Greenleaf.
Vigon, B W (1993) Life cycle assessment. US. EPA.
Reference will be made to published papers available in text or electronic formats drawn from the following journals:
The ENDS Report
Eco-management and auditing
Environmental accounting and auditing reporter
Environmental law monthly
European environmental law review
Journal of environmental management
Resources, conservation and recycling
Videos and Internet sources will also be utilised.
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