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Educational aims

This degree aims to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of how the environmental impacts of technology in human activity systems can be shaped and managed in innovative ways and broad skills in the use of systematic and systemic techniques to improve environmental management through ethical actions at individual, organisational and societal levels.

More specifically, the degree aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • the scientific, technical and socio-economic factors involved in the environmental impacts of complex human activity systems
  • the impacts of energy use, waste management and environmental pollution and some of the technologies associated with them
  • systematic and systemic thinking practices to better analyse complex human activity systems involving people and technologies.

It also aims to develop the following skills:

  • use of tools, methods and technologies that can be used to better seek appropriate information, to enhance design tasks and to improve the ‘managing’ practices that will contribute to environmental improvements in complex human activity systems.
  • synthesis, analysis and communication, utilising digital technologies to improve learning and performance.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this degree, you will have knowledge and understanding of the:

  • scientific, technological, social and economic factors that influence complex environmental situations
  • principles of managing complex environmental problems involving impacts from human activities
  • principles and methods for assessing and evaluating environmental situations and environmental impacts
  • core concepts necessary for systematically and/or systemically analysing complex situations involving people, technologies and organisations.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • discuss the technological, economic, commercial, social and other factors that influence environmental management
  • discuss the scientific and engineering techniques and tools to evaluate and predict the effects of resource management activities on the environment
  • apply systems concepts and techniques to engage with complex environmental management problems
  • compare, contrast and critically assess different approaches and techniques for solving environmental management problems.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • apply the principles, concepts and techniques of scientific, engineering and systems thinking for understanding, assessing, and managing environmental problems
  • develop practical skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative models to understand, analyse and recommend improvements to a range of situations and systems involving environmental impacts
  • develop practical skills in the use of digital technologies for finding and analysing information, and for effectively communicating and cooperating with work colleagues.

Key skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • use appropriate numerical and mathematical techniques
  • learn and perform more effectively by reflecting on practice
  • interpret and critically analyse specialist sources of information and extract relevant information.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding, cognitive and key skills will be taught through print and online resources, involving various activities, audiovisual and software tools. These resources will both bespoke and externally sourced. This will be assessed through a mix of tutor-marked assessments (TMAs), unseen examinations and end-of-module assessments (EMAs).