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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology: Standard pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with a 60-credit compulsory module Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,U116,,1 – a fascinating introduction to environmental studies and issues arising from environmental challenges in a range of different locations, including the Arctic, Africa, the Amazon and China. It also develops the key skills and concepts needed to understand our changing world.

Following this you’ll study Exploring science (S104)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,S104,,1 (60 credits), a broad and absorbing introduction to science which provides underpinning knowledge in a range of subject areas, including:

  • astronomy and planetary science
  • biology and health sciences
  • chemistry and analytical science
  • Earth and environmental science
  • physics.

This wide-ranging module investigates the major scientific issues affecting human society in the twenty-first century. You’ll explore the fundamentals of modern science and develop important scientific concepts and skills to give you a solid foundation for the modules you’ll study at Stages 2 and 3.

Stage 2

Stage 2 starts with an exploration of current and emerging energy technologies. Energy use is fundamental to human activity systems – helping to drive economic development and supporting the needs of rising populations. However, the environmental impact of using energy is substantial unless appropriate measures are taken. This 30-credit module – Energy and sustainability (T213)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,T213,,1 – addresses the question: How can we provide access to and manage non-polluting, safe, sustainable energy supplies, despite rising population levels, increasing global economic development, and concerns about climate change and resource depletion?

Next, in Environmental management 1 (T219)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,T219,,1 (30 credits), you’ll focus on environmental management from a systems perspective. You’ll be introduced to important concepts such as notions of boundaries; modelling assumptions; and organisational practices – exploring core techniques and approaches such as sustainability assessments and life cycle analysis.

Finally, you’ll choose one of two 60-credit modules:

The first – planned for October 2014 Environmental science (S206) – spanning biology, chemistry, Earth science and physics, develops a holistic approach encompassing processes, links, interactions and feedback mechanisms that operate within different environments. It features interactive virtual field trip activities that you will engage with throughout your studies. By the end, you will be able to make critical analyses of landforms, soils and water flows; identify habitats of flora and fauna; and comment on anthropogenic influences and their likely consequences.

The second – Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,DST206,,1 – examines how environmental change has varied over time and space during the Earth’s history; and explores the role of natural factors and human activity in environmental change. You’ll examine the scientific and political uncertainties surrounding major environmental issues, and gain a broad understanding of why such issues are often the source of social and political conflict. They include climate change, the provision of fresh water and sustainable agriculture.

Stage 3

You’ll begin Stage 3 with Renewable energy (T313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,T313,,1 (30 credits), which examines and evaluating evaluates various renewable energy systems and the actions required to manage them effectively. You’ll cover the strengths and weaknesses of renewable energy technologies, and examine what part they can play in future energy scenarios at national, regional and global levels. You’ll also consider the concomitant changes needed in policies and practices.

Your next 30-credit module - Environmental management 2 (T319)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,T319,,1 - draws on and extends a range of creative approaches to environmental problem-solving which have been developed for teachers, students and practitioners. You’ll learn to think strategically and creatively about sustainable environmental management, adopt innovative advances in systems thinking, and apply them to topical areas of concern such as environmental sustainability; Green ICT; organisational change and learning; and professional practice.

Finally, in the 60-credit module Innovation: designing for change (T317)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q72-1,module,T317,,1, you’ll examine how designers, technologists, managers and end-users create and develop new ideas, designs and inventions and translate these into product service and system innovations. You’ll look beyond issues of commercial and competitive advantage to whether innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years.


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