SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK423246
Module Leader Craig Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module gives student knowledge and critical appreciation of the role of cities in both causing environmental change and the urban possibilities to manage such changes in a sustainable manner. Module content is organised into four broad themes: resources and ecosystem services; infrastructure for sustainable cities; urban regeneration and sustainability; legislative landscape of sustainable cities. The first theme provides an overview of resource efficiency and an appreciation of ecosystem in urban areas and explores the two-way links between ecosystem services as well as the urban burden on the system. The second theme explores in greater detail sustainability implications of key urban infrastructures such transportation, energy, water and waste. A key to urban sustainability in mature economies is the sustainable management of shrinkage and regeneration of urban areas and this is explored in the third theme. Finally, the fourth theme provides critical understanding of the interface between sustainable cities and the underpinning environmental and social legislative frameworks.


-360b7 Cities and sustainability - the context -283 o Principles and models for a sustainable city o Natural resources o Ecosystem services o Material efficiency o Cleantech and resource wisdom o Smart city concept o Low tech/low cost approaches o High tech/higher cost approaches -360b7 Urban infrastructure and sustainability -283 o Green infrastructure o Traffic forms and traffic network o Storm water and waste water management o Waste management o Energy/Renewable energy infrastructure o Infrastructure planning -360b7 Urban regeneration -283 o Brownfield development o Remediation of contaminated sites (in situ)Brown sites, urban regeneration -360b7 Sustainable cities and the legislative framework -283 o Planning and EIA o City economics (cost and benefits of delivering a sustainable city) o Local government and civil society

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of natural resources and ecosystem services in urban areas and how to use them efficiently in urban green area network planning.2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and awareness of traditional infrastructure planning principles and how to use more sustainable solutions. 3. Analyse the challenges of urban regeneration in the context of shrinking cities.4. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge, awareness and technical abilities of cleantech solutions in the context of smart cities.5. Critically evaluate the principles of EIA, its adaptation in urban planning and use it as a tool in different contexts.6. Identify and critically analyse current information relating to environmental research and adapt new solutions to practical planning problems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module, developed under the auspices of the RESUCE Project, in conjunction with the Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS), Finland, a partner in the Project. The delivery of this module will be through lectures, seminars and case studies, as well as guest lectures by LUAS Staff. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for urban planning through tutorial exercises, case studies, in-class presentations, learning diaries, group works and reports. The course has a virtual platform where all the materials and tasks are saved. The lectures and presentations will be recorded and links are found in the virtual platform. Communication and information are carried out by using the platform functions between contact meetings. Students are expected to do also self-evaluation and mutual evaluation of their course works.

Indicative Reading

Adler, Frederick R. 2013. Urban ecosystems : ecological principles for the built environment / Frederick R. Adler, Colby J. Tanner. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. Wheeler, Stephen M.; Beatley, Timothy. 2009. The sustainable urban development : reader. Abingdon : Routledge. Batty, Michael. 2013. The new science of cities. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press. Jiri Marsalek ... [et al.]. 2008. Urban water cycle processes and interactions. Leiden : Taylor & Francis ; Paris : UNESCO. Grigg, Neil S. 2012. Water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure management. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press. Tchobanoglous, George. 2014. Wastewater engineering : treatment and resource recovery. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill Education. Ehrlich, Robert. 2013. Renewable energy : a first course. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press. Laudon, Matthew ; Romanowicz, Bart. Eds. 2012. Cleantech 2012 : energy, renewables, materials, storage and environment : technical proceedings of the 2012 CTSI Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries conference and showcase. Boca Raton, FL : San Francisco, CA : CRC Press ; CTSI. Preston L. Schiller, Eric C. Bruun and Jeffrey R. Kenworthy. 2010. An introduction to sustainable transportation : policy, planning and implementation. London : Earthscan. Morris, Peter ; Therivel, Riki. 2009. Methods of environmental impact assessment. London : Routledge. Noble, Bram F. 2010. Introduction to environmental impact assessment : guide to principles and practice. Don Mills : Oxford University Press. Evans B, Joas M, Sundback S, Theobald K. 2005. Govering Sustainable Cities, London: EarthScan. Flint J, Raco M. 2012. The future of sustainable cities: critical reflections, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communicating effectively in appropriate formats, including among peers and with external agencies 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 -360

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 45% Individual Report on topical issues
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 45% Groupwork (Presentation) and Individual Report on case studies