SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK423245
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module provides students with a critical appreciation of the processes by which urban sustainability can be promoted and change managed by urban professionals. Students will be encouraged to view themselves as 'agents of change' within organisations and communities, and completion of this module will provide them with the underlying skills required to lead, manage and respond to change in this context. Structured around 3 overarching themes the module aims to expose students to a mix of structural and interpersonal management considerations. The first theme looks at the role of policy in providing the framework for enabling the desired levels of change within the urban context and explores the process and tools associated with its development and delivery. The second theme focuses on establishing the role of the urban professional as 'agents of change', exploring their leadership role in the promotion of urban sustainability in both corporate and public environments. The final theme will provide students with an underpinning of change management approaches and processes, and an understanding of strategies for overcoming potential barriers for change. Drawing on traditional project management approaches, this will be supplemented by specific techniques associated with sustainability and environmental management.


-360b7 Policy development for delivering urban sustainability b7 Foundation of policy agenda (adaption and mitigation) b7 Strategy development for urban sustainability (community engagement) b7 Urban professionals as 'agents of change' b7 The role of sustainability champions and leaders b7 Characteristics for leaders of urban sustainability b7 Role of urban professionals in inspiring and leading change b7 Contrast in role within public and private sectors b7 Change management for delivering urban sustainability b7 Scale, forms and approaches to change b7 Managing change as a process (change management frameworks) b7 Relevant project management skills (planning, risk management) b7 Communicating, negotiation and influencing change b7 Strategies for overcoming resistance to change b7 Managing creativity and innovation within teams -360

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Appreciate the role of policy in enabling change for urban sustainability.2. Demonstrate awareness of the policy development process and evaluate the role of the urban professional in promoting urban sustainability.3. Critically appraise the role of urban professionals as 'agents of change' in leading and managing change for urban sustainability.4. Evaluate the context for change and effectively design appropriate strategies to aid its management in practice.5. Display an ability to support the delivery of urban sustainability by drawing on relevant management techniques and skills.6. Demonstrate reflection on the emerging role of the urban professional as an 'agent of change' and their own personal development requirements.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered through a series of seminars which will be provided on campus, but will be supported through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which will support both campus and distance learning students. The seminars will provide theoretical content, but promote engagement with the students in order to explore this in relation to their practical and professional experience. The seminar will be supported through the VLE through provision of slides and additional reading materials, supplementary auto and visual materials. Assessments will also be directed through the VLE. The assessment strategy is based around a coursework and a time constrained test. The coursework will ask students to explore the role of urban professionals as change agents, and ask them through a case study to develop a change management strategy for delivering urban sustainability. There will be a time constrained test designed to promote student reflection about the role of an urban professional and their role in promoting and leading the change of urban sustainability.

Indicative Reading

Example books: Cameron E and Green M (2007) Making sense of change management: a complete guide to the models, tools and techniques of Organisational Change, Kogan Page, London. Buchanan D, and Badham R (2008) Power, Politics and Organisational Change: Winning the Turf Game, Sage Publications Ltd, London. Davoudi S., Crawford J., Mehmood A. (2009) Planning for Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners, Earthscan, London, ISBN 978-1-84407-662-8 Hargreaves A., Fink D. (2012) Sustainable Leadership, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 10: 0-7879-6838-2. Hughes M. (2006) Change Management: a critical perspective, Chartered Institute of Personal and Development, London. Isaken S and Tidd J (2006) Meeting the Innovation Challenge, Leadership for Transformation and Growth, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, England. Mayle D. (2006) Managing Innovation and Change, Sage Publications Ltd, London. Mazmanian D. and Kraft M. (eds), (2009) Toward Sustainable Communities: transition and transformation in Environmental Policy, MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-51229-9 Puccio G.J., Murdock M.C. and Mance M. (2007) Creative Leadership: skills that drive change, Sage Publications Inc, California. Miller N., (2008) Environmental Politics: stakeholders, interests and policy making, Routledge, ISBN 9780415961059. Northouse P. (2012) Leadership: Theory and Practice, SAGE, ISBN 978-1-4522-0340-9. Robe8rt K-H., Basile G., Broman G., Byggeth S., Cook D., Haraldsson H., Johansson L., MacDonald J., Ny H., Oldmark J., Waldron D. (2005) Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, 2 nd edition, Psilanders grafiska, Sweden,$FILE/Cover%20and%20Preface%20FINAL_010905.pdf. Roseland M. (2013) Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, 4 th edition, New Society Publishers, ISBN 978-0-86571-711-4. Riddell R. (2004) Sustainable Urban Planning, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, ISBN 1-4051-0289-6. Ruth M. (2006) Smart Growth and Climate Change: Regional Development, Infrastructure and Adaptation , Edward Elger Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, ISBN- 10: 1 84542 509. Tushman M.L. and Anderson P. (2004) Managing Strategic Innovation and Change: a collection of readings, Oxford University Press, New York. -567 Example journals: Bulkeley H. (2010) Cities and the Governing of Climate Change, Annual Review of Environmental and Resources, 35, 229-253. Bulkeley H. and Kern K. (2006) Local Government and the Governing of Climate Change in Germany and the UK, Urban Studies, 43 (12), 2237-2259. Bulkeley H. and Betsill M. (2005) Rethinking Sustainable Cities: Multilevel Governance and the 'Urban' Politics of Climate Change, Environmental Politics, 14:1, 42-63, DOI: 10.1080/0964401042000310178 Hunt A. and Watkiss P. (2011) Climate Change impacts and adaptations in cities: a review of the literature, "Climatic Change", 104 (1), pp 13-49, Tang Z., Brody S., Quinn C., Chang L. & Wei T. (2010) "Moving from agenda to action: evaluating local climate change action plans", Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53:1, 41-62, DOI: 10.1080/09640560903399772 Quinn L., Dalton M., (2009) "Leading for sustainability: implementing the tasks of leadership", Corporate Governance, 9 (1), pp.21 - 38 -567

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communicating effectively in appropriate formats, including among peers and with external agencies b7 Applying appropriate analytical skills (including mathematical methods); b7 Using effectively a wide range of IT tools, including general software and specialist packages b7 Working effectively as part of a team b7 Demonstrating a professional approach to time-management b7 Showing independence and initiative in research and other work situations

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 50.00 45% Time-constrained test (2 hrs)
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% Group work and report on a case study.