SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH221234
Module Leader Charles Russell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Entry requirement to programme

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of our resources (water, air, forests, soil, raw materials, energy etc) and to critically analyse how and why these resources are exploited on a global scale. This module will focus on both the natural and social and economic sciences to provide a holistic understanding of sustainable resource use and management. There will be a focus on sustainable development which will provide the basis for understanding the tools and approaches to managing our natural resources.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: Sustainable Development What is encompasses and how its moral and ethical imperative needs to inform our global society. Society and Environment A global perspective of our environment and resources. Examining how our actions have consequences on resource use. Understanding resource exploitation and how this can be overcome. Focusing and explaining the link between environment and poverty. Conflicts and conflict resolution associated with natural resource management. Corporate social responsibility Examining the role of the private sector in the protection of our environment. Principles and Approaches to Sustainable Resource Management Overview of the principles and guidelines for sustainable resource management. Tools and approaches to sustainable resource management ranging from community management, sustainable livelihoods and project cycle management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to: Discuss critically our resources and how they are being used and/or being exploited (A6). Demonstrate a critical insight into the philosophy and importance of sustainable development (A6). Critically discuss the implications, complexities and tradeoffs between human activities and use of resources (A6, A7). Demonstrate an understanding of the link between poverty and sustainable resource management (A6). Critically discuss the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in the protection of our environment (A7, A8). Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, approaches and tools to sustainable resource management (A8).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught by a programme of lectures providing a holistic view of resource use and sustainability on a global scale. The programme will be backed up by a series of seminars with guest speakers on specialist subjects as well as presentation, analysis and discussion of global case studies which require the active participation of student. GCU Learn facilitated independent/directed learning and face to face discussion and seminars will deepen the students understanding and enhance their ability to critically assess the subject matter.

Indicative Reading

The following is an indicative list. Supplementary reading material will be given in class. Galbraith, J.K. 1958, The Affluent Society, Hinrichs, R (1996), Energy, its use and the Environment, Saunders College Publishing World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002),UN Environment Programme Our Common Future (1987), World Commission on Environment and Development, Oxford paper Backs Simon Dresner (2002)The Principles of Sustainability, Earthscan Publications Ltd Von Weizsacker, E, (1997), Factor Four, Earthscan Publications Des Jardins, Joseph R.(1997), Environmental Ethics: an Introduction to Environmental Philosophy Electronic Resources Encyclopaedia of Sustainable Development, Development Studies World Bank

Transferrable Skills

Written report skills Appraisal and analysis Critical thinking Evaluation and synthesis of case study material Discussing and debating skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 45% Resource Management exercise - 3000 words
Coursework 0.00 50.00 45% Case Study Analysis - 2000 words