SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 5.00
ECTS Credit Points 2.50
Module Code M3H125361
Module Leader Andrew Quinn
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce the student to the concept of the circular economy which seeks to retain the value of material resources within the economic cycle for as long as possible. Global Consumption continues to grow, and with the full environmental cost of primary materials, realised in the economy, materials too readily end up as waste, which is consider to have little value and is discarded, usually to landfill. The module will explain and provide insight into the relationship organisations have with material resources consumed and what practices might be adopted to embed circular economy thinking into mainstream business practice.


Defining the Circular Economy. The key business models in an organisation which support entrepreneurial thinking. Regulatory practices at the EU level which support CE thinking. The waste hierarchy and its application to resource efficiency in the workplace. Innovation in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to: - 1. Explain the concepts behind the Circular Economy.2. Understand how material resources flow through a business.3. Explain the key steps to move away from a linear approach to resource use in any organisation to a more circular one.4. Understand the importance of innovation in the workplace and the value of entrepreneurial thinking in defining changes in workplace practice.5. Demonstrate competence in entrepreneurial thinking to case study examples.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A blended learning approach will be used, combining lectures and online content, class activities, group work and student presentations.

Indicative Reading

The Circular Economy Advantage , Lacy,P (et al.) ISBN 978-1-137-53070 A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains , Weetman, C, EAN 9780749476755 The Guide to the Circular Economy , Benton D, Hazell J, Hill J, (2014) ISBN 978-1-1910174-35-7 <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

On completion of this module, students with have improved their: - Critical thinking with regard to business and its relationship with material resources. Presentation skills. Oral and communication skills. Ability to work individually and in groups.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 22.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Group Presentation - 20 minutes.Relfective Report - 800 words.
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Group presentation - 20 minutes.Reflective Report - 800 words.