SUST2001 Module Guide

Sustainability in the workplace 

workplace sustainability

SUST2001is designed to deliver the initial skills required to work effectively and usefully in a small or large organisation to assist them in developing their sustainability agendas.  This could include Environmental Management Systems audits, working on specific projects either as part of a team, drafting reports and advising on sustainable development practices.

The module aims to enhance the students’ knowledge of sustainability and of sustainable development and enable them to increase their employability by applying the knowledge and skills learned in their chosen workplace. The necessary techniques in project management, behaviour change programmes, communications, carbon footprinting, auditing etc. will be explored in the first part of the module, as will information on the relevant legislation, and current sustainable business practices. The module involves 100 hours working within an organisation to gain experience of putting into practice the skills and techniques explored in the first part of the module.



The tutors for this course are:

Kay Emblen-Perry: Senior Lecturer Worcester Business School Room MHG004*

Katy Boom: Room HBG005**


If you wish to contact us, please speak to us after a lecture, or email or telephone to arrange an appointment as necessary.

Module surgery will be held as follows:

Tuesdays 13.45 – 15.45 in MH G004, Mulberry House, City Campus *

Tuesdays 14.30 – 15.30 in HBG005, Hines Building, St John’s Campus **


Intended learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Use appropriately and effectively a set of techniques for assessing sustainability practices
  2. Apply knowledge of sustainability to suggest/ advise on best practice alternatives to current sustainability practices.
  3. Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication via oral and written skills
  5. Critically reflect upon the challenges of working in the area of sustainability within an organisation and how these have affected your personal development throughout your work experience placement.

Module content:

Students will complete a negotiated and approved work placement within or attached to a commercial or public sector organisation. Their placement will enable them to interact professionally, gain new skills and reflect on how their skills gained to date transfer to the work place. The taught content will allow the students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge in sustainable development.  Students who have not completed an Introduction to Sustainability at level 4 will be placed within a department in the University.

The student will select and organise their own placement, with the approval of the module tutor. The placement will involve 100 hours contact time in the place of employment to be distributed to fit the students other university commitments. Prior to the placement the student must organise a preliminary visit to/contact with the placement company and a placement mentor must be identified.

The taught elements of the module will include developing and demonstrating relevant skills to future employers including:

  • Relevant environmental legislation
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability auditing (e.g.ISO14001and corporate reporting)
  • Carbon foot printing and carbon reduction programs
  • Project management
  • Effective sustainability communications
  • Behaviour change programmes

 Mode of delivery:

The module will run over two semesters. It will have some scheduled weekly sessions and a programme of workshops and tutorials. Students will complete a 100 hour negotiated and approved work placement within or attached to a commercial or public sector organisation. Directed and independent study will also be required.

The module will be supported by:

  • Provision of module materials, both collated external resources and specially developed resources, through a WordPress website
  • Development through the programme of on-line collaborative learning resources
  • Tutor support
  • Peer Support from other members on the module
  • Guidance in organising your work placement


Roles and responsibilities

Information for Employers


We recognise the demands that are already placed on employer time, but also recognise how important the employer/supervisor’s view is. We therefore hope you will be able to:

  • Complete the Pre-Placement Employer Questionnaire (Appendix 1) and return to the student prior to the student commencing work. It is crucial that we receive this document since it is part of the assessment package for this module – it is the student’s responsibility to submit this form.
  • Provide an induction into the organisation
    • Ensure the student is fully aware of the relevant health and safety and insurance requirements
    • Set the learning contract with the student – Appendix 5
    • Endorse the student’s learning logs once completed
      • Complete the Post-Placement Employer Questionnaire (Appendix 2) and send to the module leader (contact details included on the form).  It is crucial that we receive this document since it is part of the assessment package for this module.


If you would like to contact the module leaders at any point during the placement to discuss student progress or your participation in work experience opportunities please contact Kay Emblen-Perry or Katy Boom


Student Responsibilities

  • Attend and participate in lectures/tutorials on the module
  • Secure a suitable work experience placement. It must allow you to work for a minimum of 100 hours in total
  • Obtain module leader’s approval of their work experience placement, by submitting a Pre-Placement Employer Questionnaire (Appendix 1) signed by your employer. It is crucial that we receive this document before you begin your placement as it is an insurance requirement and it is part of the assessment package for this module.
  • Arrange and attend interim project meetings with tutor(s) to review progress and obtain any additional help required
  • Ensure you are familiar with the employer’s health and safety regulations and the information provided in Appendix 3. You will need to write and submit a risk assessment of your placement.  It is crucial that we receive this document before you begin your placement; it is part of the assessment package for this module.
  • Evaluate your achievements and seek feedback from your work place supervisor.
  • Build a reflective diary of your experiences on work placement, which should incorporate notes on hours worked, new skills acquired, reflection on your personal development (see assessment details).This is part of the assessment package for this module
  • Submit the post-employment questionnaire which includes the numbers of hours worked (It is crucial that we receive this document since it is part of the assessment package for this module)
  • Recognise that learning from work experience is, in large, a self-managed activity in which you accept a high level of responsibility for your own study and development
  • Work ethically and professionally, in line with the Code of Ethics and Statement of Professional Conduct set out in Appendix 4.


UW Responsibilities

  • Offer support for students.
  • Monitor student/employer progression via email (or telephone, if necessary) mid-placement.
  • Arrange a visit to the company/clinic if necessary to see both the employer and student.

For more information please download the Module Handbook: SUST2001 Student and Employer Handbook

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