SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN625308
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-B (January start)-C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to aid the student in the development and enhancement of key professional skills, including increasing intercultural competencies, language proficiency and research skills to enable leadership and management of urban environments. It does so through student participation in key induction activities that promotes experiential learning, learning an additional language such as Finnish and/or Spanish and the development of a research proposal that demonstrates deep understanding of urban environment climate change issues. Throughout the module which spans 3 trimesters, students will also reflect on their own professional development, focusing on key intercultural competencies and the leadership skills that have been developed and enhanced.


The syllabus will cover the following areas: -360b7 The global need for a more holistic approach to managing climate change in urban areas b7 Sustainability Intelligence b7 Competency in the Spanish* language b7 Basic competency in Finnish b7 Research methods and how to write a research proposal b7 Intercultural and professional awareness of different professionals and cultures b7 Developing leadership skills *(Italian, German or French if native language is Spanish or proficiency already proven)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Appreciate the need for a cross disciplinary approach to managing climate change in urban areas.2. Develop proficiency in 'sustainable intelligence'.3. Develop proficiency in a language other than their native tongue (Spanish unless native, then German, French or Italian).4. Demonstrate basic competency in Finnish.5. Develop enhanced research skills and academic writing.6. Show awareness and understanding of the key intercultural skills that promote leadership in the management of sustainable urban environments.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module brings together students from both different professional and as well as cultural backgrounds. To aid a coherent and successful cohort the basis for the teaching during induction is centred on experiential learning that will promote understanding and awareness of each other's professional background. A key aspect of the course is also the acknowledgment that urban climate issues are part of the wider agenda for sustainability and global in nature; thus students need to develop intercultural and language competencies that allow for international employment. The module therefore incorporates language and cultural development in English, Finnish and Spanish. Workshops on research methods will also be structured throughout the trimesters.

Indicative Reading

Books -283 Leading Beyond the Ego: How to Become a Transpersonal Leader: John Knights, Routledge 2018 Learn Finnish, Pintok Languages 2017 Learn Spanish with Paul Noble: Complete Course Harper Collins 2016 How to Do your Research Project: A Guide for Students Gary Thomas ; Sage Publishing 2017 Developing Effective Research Proposal K Punch; Sage Publishing 2016 Working in a Multicultural World: A Guide to Developing Intercultural Competence: L Nardon Rotman-Utp Publishers 2017 Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life: a unifying vision, Cambridge University Press, 2014 Journals Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Journal of Intercultural Studies Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal Journal of Urban Planning and Development Global Environmental Change

Transferrable Skills

Critical self-reflection Enhanced Group working skills Increased language competency Increased intercultural awareness Enhanced leadership skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 80.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 45% Group Presentation
Course Work 04 n/a 30.00 45% Reflective portfolio of professional development - 2500 words
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 45% Language proficiency test (Dept exam)
Course Work 03 n/a 30.00 45% Research Proposal - 2500 words