SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K203077
Module Leader Charles Russell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The nature and significance of the built and natural environment Composition of the built and natural environment Role, responsibilities and legal liabilities of professionals in matters of practice Structure, nature and role of appropriate professional bodies, including their Codes of Practice & Rules of Conduct Ethics of professional practice Introduction to current issues in Society, Business and the Environment Presentation of information using a variety of methods, including the use of IT Time management and study skills Research skills, including sources of and sourcing information Discipline-specific practical activities


Professional Practice, including professional and business ethics, values, roles and responsibilities Business & Technical Skills including an introduction to the wider socio-economic, political and environmental worlds Personal & Interpersonal Skills including effective communication by a variety of media Time Management and Self Motivation Application of IT to support communication skills and programme objectives Collection, collation, analysis and synthesis of appropriate data and other relevant material Context specific case studies and foundation of core principles Professional body familiarisation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Understand the composition of the built and natural environment (A3, Eng A5, A7)2. Recognise the roles and responsibilities of professions operating within same (A3; Eng A6)3. Develop a professional and ethical approach and recognise the importance of same (B3, B5, C6; Eng A6) 4. Develop an awareness of the wider economic and financial world (B6)Source information from a variety of locations, including library and web (B6)5. Communicate effectively, in writing for Higher Education, including referencing and avoiding plagiarism, oral presentations, and an introduction to us of Intranet and associated digital technologies (C4, C6; Eng A36. Participate effectively in independent and group-based activities (B2, B3, C2, C3, C5, D1, D2)7. Appreciate significance of practical activities relevant to the specific discipline (C1, C2, C3, C6, D1, D3; Eng A2, C2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A student-centred approach will be adopted, underpinned by demonstrations, practicals, guest lectures and interactive sessions Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.

Indicative Reading

Essential Texts: Mandatory Purchase McMillan, K and Weyers, J.,(2010). How to write essays and assignments. Pearson Prentice Hall. (Available on-line) Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. 4th Ed. Palgrave MacMillan. Supporting Texts: Morton Ralph (2008) Construction UK: Introduction to the Industry, 2nd Ed Blackwell Science Discipline-specific Texts: Recommended Purchase Ashworth A & Hogg K (2007) Willis's Practice & Procedures for the Quantity Surveyor, 12th Ed Blackwell Smith, Jason G (2011) Construction Management: Understanding and leading an Ethical Project Team, Construction Analysis and Planning, LLC Clini,C, Musu, I & Gullino, M.L. (2008) Sustainable development and Environmental Management. Springer. Subject area guides: Other Sources: Professional Journals, other printed and web-based media as directed.;,, and Academic writing support

Transferrable Skills

Effective communication: written, graphical and oral (D9, D13, D14; Eng D1, D5) Effective use of IT (D10, D11, D13; Eng D2) Time management and self-motivation (D4, D5, D6; Eng D8) Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning (D8; Eng D8) Independent and group working (D7, D12; Eng D7)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FDL) 50.00
Lectures (FDL) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 94.00
Practicals (FDL) 48.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FDL) 36.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 56.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Discipline specific Project 1
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Discipline specific Project 2