SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH221233
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Programme entry requirements

Summary of Content

This module gives students understanding and knowledge of global climate change issues and the role of built environment in it, and an ability to conduct practical investigation of carbon management in the context of built environment.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: The global carbon cycle and climate change: Global carbon cycle, Biological/physical carbon cycle, carbon on land and oceans; Science of climate change, drivers, uncertainties, policy issues, international treaty and national legislative framework Energy use and carbon cycle: Trends in global energy use, energy use and economic development, energy efficiency and economic instruments; Role of fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy; Sustainable energy production, barriers and incentives, treaty obligations Carbon management options: Reducing sources and increasing sinks of carbon from the atmosphere Reducing sources of carbon in the built environment and cities: Adaptation and mitigation, enhancing energy efficiency, embodied energy, materials management, urban transportation planning, urban vegetation management. Policy options for carbon reduction: International policies, EU context, UK Energy policy, non-carbon implications of energy policies (equity dimensions, security of supply, social and economic dimensions) Tools for carbon demand reduction: Policy options, e.g., Kyoto, energy trading structures, UK/Scottish Climate Change Bills; Fiscal policy, e.g., climate change levy; Tools at micro-level (Carbon footprinting, energy auditing and demand management) Carbon Economics: Carbon trading and carbon offsetting, whole life valuation in the built environment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should have developed:Understanding of global carbon cycle and climate change issues and be able to examine the sources, sinks and the human intervention in these,Understanding of the link between energy policy and carbon cycle,Conceptual skills to critically evaluate climate change impacts on the urban and built environment,Understanding of the conceptual and methodological bases for conducting high-quality investigations in the context of carbon management,Sympathy to the social, economic and environmental considerations relevant to carbon management especially in the built and urban environment context,Ability to assess adaptation and mitigation policies at international, national and local level,Knowledge and technical ability to assess and advise on carbon management.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The delivery of this module will be through lectures, seminars and case studies. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for carbon management through case studies, in-class presentation and end-of-semester examinations.

Indicative Reading

Archer D, 2006 Global Warming, Blackwell Publishing (ISBN10 1405140399) Chiras DD, 2005 Environmental Science, Jones and Bartlett Publishers (ISBN10 0763708607) Helm D, 2005 Climate Change Policy, Oxford University Press Houghton J, 1997 Global Warming - the complete briefing, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press Jackson T, Begg K, Parkinson S, 2000 Flexibility in Climate Policy - making the Kyoto mechanisms work, Earthscan Kerr S, (ed.) 2000 Global Emissions Trading: issues for industrialised countries, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham ISBN 184064415 May PJ, 1996 Environmental Management and Governance: Intergovernmental Approaches to Hazards and Sustainability, Routledge (ISBN 0415144450) Wilson E, Gerard D, 2007 Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Blackwell

Transferrable Skills

D2 Present data in a variety of ways. D4 Use a logical approach in solving problems. D5 Be creative and innovative in problem solving. D6 Work with limited or contradictory information. D7 Use general and specialist IT tools. D8 Communicate effectively in a variety of formats. D9 Be prepared for life-long learning. D10 Manage time and other resources. D11 Work independently and in groups.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 40.00 45% Review Report (2000 words)
Coursework 0.00 40.00 45% Case Study (2000 words)
Coursework 0.00 20.00 45% Tutorial Exercises