SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N225498
Module Leader Ross McKillop
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Completion of level 2 or Equivalent

Summary of Content

T his module explores a range of legal and operational issues surrounding the environment specifically as they relate in a business context. The two elements of assessment will involve the students in independent learning and requires the exposition of analytical skills in the resolution of a series of set tasks in attempting an in depth case study report reflecting the entire content.


1. Introduction to environmental risk-the nature of environmental risk 2. Law of waste management-framework directive, legislation, regulations and contaminated land 3. Law of water quality-as above but especially important with new law on river basin management 4. Law of air pollution-clean air acts, quality standards and noise pollution 5. IPPC and process control -significant processes, BAT and enforcement 6. Other forms of land use control - primarily planning and storage of hazardous wastes but outline role of Building Standards 7. Environmental risk assessment-including environmental impact assessment 8. Environmental risk control 9. Environmental management systems-including environmental audit 10. Sustainability

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Discuss the nature of environmental risk within a range of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations. 2. Recognise and be able to apply a range of environmental risk identification, analysis and control techniques.3. Discuss relevant environmental management techniques and systems. 4. Identify and explain sources and content of the law as it relates to waste management, water quality and air pollution. 5. Explain the legal aspects of environmental risk control including Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), BAT and the role of enforcement authorities.6. Discuss other forms of legal land use control relating to environmental risk - Planning, Storage of Hazardous waste and Building Control.7. Discuss the concepts of sustainability in relation to environmental risk.8. Work toward the design and implementation of EMAS and ISO14001environmental management systems or similar.9. Understand and be able to apply the principles of Environmental Regulation.10. Analyse reported case law and apply in a workplace context.11. Demonstrate the ability to adapt to dynamic change at a time of political and economic development.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning outcomes are based on delivery of a set of lectures providing students with essential knowledge, theory, and discussion points. The seminars provide the opportunity to supplement the core material by group work analysing and discussing particular issues. A practical dimension is added through analysis of real environmental scenarios and guest speakers/industrial visits. The module will be underpinned by GCULearn which will foster a culture of independent learning and directed study. Within a traditional lecture and seminar format, projects and case studies will be approached using problem based learning. Students are encouraged to critically appraise the research publications, relate the methods described to good practice guidance, and evaluate practical implications of the outputs. This allows the students to think of their own challenges in research terms and prepares them for future dissertation work.

Indicative Reading

Core Texts As the majority of environmental and planning text books either relate specifically to English law or are a little out of date - up to date electronic textbooks will be loaded onto Blackboard. Please note that these are intended for reference purposes only and are not intended to be printed off as hard copy. Copies may be downloaded for educational purposes only as copyright is reserved to the author. Hyde, P. & Reeve, P. Essentials of Environmental Management, IOSH Publishing 3 rd Edition, 2011 Brady, J. Environmental Management in Organizations, The IEMA Handbook, Published with The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) 2 nd edition (2011) Ricci, Paolo F. (2006) Environmental and Health risk assessment; Principles and Practice, (Electronic Resource) Corporate Environmental Management 1, Systems and Strategies. 2 nd Edition, Routledge (2016) Corporate Environmental Management 2, Culture and Organisation 1 st Edition (2000) Corporate Environmental Management 3, Towards Sustainable Management, 1 st Edition Routledge (2016) Recommended Reading Greens Guide to Environmental Law Bell and McGillivary (2008) Publisher: OUP Oxford, 7 th Edition McEldowney and McEldowney, (2010),Publisher Longman, 1 st Edition, Guide to Environmental Law. Environmental Law by Bell and McGilvary, OUP Oxford, 9 th Edition (2017) Goodman, Sally, Guide to Environmental Management Law and Practice, 2002. Hellawell,, Trevor, Environmental Law Handbook, 2002. Miller, Chris, Planning and Environmental Protection: A Review of Law and Policy, 2001. Journals Journal of Environmental Management Journal of Environmental Law Strategic Risk Websites Scottish Courts Administration , http;www.scotcourts.gov.uk Association of Insurance and Risk Managers, http://www.airmic.com Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.sepa.org.uk Health and Safety Executive, http://www.hse.gov.uk The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, http://www.cieh.org/ DEFRA, http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/index.htm UK CSR. http://www.csr.gov.uk/ DTI CSR http://www.dti.gov.uk/sustainability/sus/corp.htm Envirowise, http://www.envirowise.gov.uk Directed reading as required in the light of current developments in the dynamic field of environmental law.

Transferrable Skills

Working individually and in groups, students are encouraged to develop personal transferable skills through group working and report writing for a variety of written coursework submissions. In addition, students will develop problem solving and analytic skills by applying knowledge gained to practical examples and problems.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Case Study 2000 words
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Report 2000 words