The module is designed to deliver the initial skills required to work effectively and usefully in a small or large organisation to audit, report and advise on sustainable development practices. It aims to enhance the studentsโ€™ knowledge of sustainability and of sustainable development and enable them to increase their employability by applying in the workplace the knowledge and skills learned.
The necessary techniques in 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. 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:
Dr Kay Emblen-Perry: Room MH G004 (City Campus); Tel (85) 5253; Email:
Katy Boom: Room HB G005 (St John’s Campus); Tel: (85) 5343; Email:

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

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.โ€ƒ

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.
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:
Relevant environmental legislation, the Social Values Act, corporate social responsibility and reporting. Carbon foot printing and carbon reduction, ISO14001. Project management and reflective practices, environmental auditing, effective sustainability communications.

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:
1. Provision of module materials, both collated external resources and specially developed resources, through a wordpress website,
2. Development through the programme of on-line collaborative learning resources
3. Tutor support
4. Peer Support from other members on the module
5. Guidance in organising your work placement

For more information see the Module Guide:SUST2001 Student and Employer handbook

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