University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 06/12/2021 11:07:46

Named Award Title:MSc Waste & Resource Mgmt (Prof. Practice Avail)

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Waste & Resource Mgmt (Prof. Practice Avail)
PG Dip  Waste & Resource Mgmt (Prof. Practice Avail)
PG Cert  Waste & Resource Mgmt (Prof. Practice Avail)

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:Sept intake: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time / Jan intake: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2 years part-time (Professional Practice module is an additional 3 months)
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Paisley

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Iain McLellan

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
2:2 or above in an appropriate science / engineering / environmental based discipline from a United Kingdom University or an equivalent institution. Direct entry to the MSc course will require students to have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in an appropriate discipline or an acceptable equivalent.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Non-standard Entry: entry to the postgraduate course (other than Masters direct) may be open to holders of an HND or DipHE award in an appropriate discipline, or a professional qualification accepted as of equivalent status and usually at least three years’ relevant experience. Candidates without formal qualifications who possess extensive professional experience deemed to equip the applicant with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course (normally at least eight years) may also be admitted to the postgraduate programme. The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Guidelines will be followed.

All students will normally be interviewed by one or more members of the course committee. During the interview, evidence of relevant experience will be required to determine if the applicant has the range of knowledge and ability to lead in to the postgraduate programme. International student applications are reviewed by the programme leader, references checked and transcripts considered to ensure the applicant’s qualifications and background are suitable for the programme.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

We welcome applications from international students with equivalency of qualifications. Scholarships may be available on application.


Further desirable skills pre-application

It would be desirable that all entrants to SCQF level 11 have skills in the following areas: numeracy, communications (including report writing and presentations) and investigation techniques. It would also be desirable if entrants had a background in elements of the natural environment, industrial development and/or waste management.


General Overview

On completion of the Waste and Resource Management programme, you will gain the following Graduate Attributes:

  • You will be a critical thinker working collaboratively with colleagues on research-minded projects
  • You will be an amibitious, motivated work ready professional, able to show future employers you are a problem solver and an effective communicator
  • Your research will be innovative and creative producing resilient solutions to our environmental and waste management challenges

A Postgraduate Diploma / Master of Science degree programme in Waste and Resource Management has been designed to meet the evolving demands placed on the waste and environmental professional. This programme is offered both part-time and full-time and enables the student to study waste management and resource management as they apply to natural environments, industry and business with a strong focus on the implications of injudicious waste disposal,  environmental impacts, management options and technical solutions using new and emerging technologies and methods.  The approach, through a combination of environmental, waste and process modules, provides an introduction to the environment, law and systems along with modules that build on foundations established in Trimester 1. The emphasis of the programme is on the physical and environmental elements of industrial development followed by sustainable approaches to reduction of environmental impact and appropriate technologies to deal with waste streams from a wide range of industrial and land use sources.  Incorporated within the programme is a link with management systems, audit and environmental indicators, all geared to providing the student with an ability to avoid and mitigate negative environmental impacts. The strength of this programme is in its practical, industrial bases, linking with business, local authorities and other academic and training centres throughout Scotland and beyond. There is a strong international element to the programme, with aspects of legislation and regulation, environmental assessment, management systems and the practice of waste management being enhanced with case study examples from around the world.

 The key academic aims of the programme are to:

1/ Develop critical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare the student for employment in  a position dealing with waste management, pollution control, technological options and emerging solutions

2/ Prepare the student for a professional position in waste and resource management

3/ Enable the student to confidently present material to peers, employers and the academic community

4/ Assist the student to gain a comprehensive understanding of sustainability, the role waste management plays in protecting the environment, and the opportunities for development and application of emerging technologies

5/ Guide the student in developing an independent approach to a research topic, investigating a topic and presenting the findings in a form that is suitable to a post-graduate level degree

The post-graduate diploma / MSc in Waste and Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Graduates have appropriate qualifications to apply for positions in both the public and private sectors. Students may consider further study to PhD level.

Students will attend lectures and tutorials and extend their studies through independent learning and seminars with problem solving scenarios using field exercises and case studies. Class discussion is expected and students will present individual study topics to peers and supervisors. Teaching and learning will be supported by the MoodleTM web-based virtual learning environment. Students will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in Chapter 3 of the University Regulatory Framework. Assessment criteria are specified on each module descriptor and timetables. Further information is provided in the PgD/MSc student handbook along with specific learning outcomes for each module. Assessment takes the form of coursework assignments, group written report, individual presentations, group presentations, research proposal and the final MSc dissertation.  For all modules, pass marks will be awarded in line with Chapter 3. This mark will be an aggregate mark from the continuous assessment elements and in some modules the assessments and examination component. In the event that a student, having accumulated the necessary passes in the modules, fails to complete the MSc Dissertation satisfactorily, a Postgraduate Diploma will normally be awarded. A student who fails to complete the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma but has successfully completed modules worth 60 credits will normally be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Waste and Resource Management.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The programme has a strong practical base. The involvement of representatives from public and private sector agencies and companies ensures that students receive current information in waste and resource management. Students will gain a wide range of skills and abilities in assessing environmental conditions, auditing waste situations, planning for impact reviews and recommending appropriate solutions to problems. Written and oral communication are required throughout the programme. Personal development planning is a major part of the programme. Actual industrial and business examples are referred to in all modules and guest speakers are involved to allow students to explore current industry and government needs. The MSc dissertation provides students with opportunities to meet with professionals in government, industry and business.

On completion of the Waste and Resource Management programme, you will gain the following Graduate Attributes:

  • You will be a critical thinker working collaboratively with colleagues on research-minded projects
  • You will be an amibitious, motivated work ready professional, able to show future employers you are a problem solver and an effective communicator
  • Your research will be innovative and creative producing resilient solutions to our environmental and waste management challenges

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

While there is no specific programme of industrial placement, students will have access to business and industry and there is potential for them to carry out MSc research with case studies taken from local agencies and companies. The incorporation of current waste, technological and environmental examples provide the students with opportunities to contact regulatory agencies and businesses and independently enquire about potential for involvement.

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Where a programme has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions and to engage with all formative and summative assessment elements of all the modules that are included in the programme specification as core modules as well as any optional module when applicable.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1
Gain a critical understanding of the development of principles of change management and interpersonal skills such as leadership and team building
A2
Critically evaluate characteristics of reliable research strategies, ethical issues in research and using data as support in an argument
A3
Gain a critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, principles and concepts in relation to environmental protection and management
A4
Develop an awareness of environmental issues and the scientific basis of major impacts of human activities on the environment

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1
Identify informal approaches to establishing management systems in a range of industrial settings
B2
Apply the skills needed for academic study, enquiry and synthesis of information
B3
Apply strategies for the appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide range of sources and a large body of knowledge
B4
Critically review current, relevant environmental legislation, information systems and technologies

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1
Develop presentation skills to allow appropriate and effective communications to peers and senior colleagues, in a professional setting
C2
Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
C3
Incorporate information management skills including applications of information system technologies
C4
Critical discussion of ICT tools in support of research

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1
Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
D2
Utilise problem solving skills
D3
Undertake skilled, competent, safe, evaluative and reflective analytical practice

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1
Communicate effectively within a team, resolving differences of view and effectively managing conflict
E2
Operate effectively within a team situation
E3
Prepare, carry out, report on and present solutions to an industrial based problem

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11CEWM11001Environmental Systems20check mark  
11CEWM11005Waste Management20check mark  
11QUAL11003Interpersonal Skills & Change Management10check mark  
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

The exit award is the Postgraduate Certificate in Waste and Resource Management requires 60 credits at SCQF level 11.

The award of PgCert Waste and Resource Management(Professional Practice) will be made on completion of the required credit for the award plus the additional 60 credits from the optional Professional Practice module. [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1
Understand techniques for the analysis of waste and environmental controls
A2
Gain a full understanding of the development, monitoring and maintenance of waste management systems and control strategies
A3
Develop a sound understanding of industrial processes used to minimise pollution and enhance efficiency
A4
Gain an extensive and detailed understanding of the principles and practices in development of clean technologies for resource management

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1
Apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry into waste prevention, reduction, treatment and disposal along with technologies relevant to industrial development
B2
Apply strategies for the appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge
B3
Critically review current, relevant waste legislation principles

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1
Further develop presentation skills to allow appropriate communications to peers and senior colleagues
C2
Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
C3
Apply information management skills, e.g. IT skills

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1
Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
D2
Utilise problem solving skills with reference to industrial settings
D3
Undertake skilled, competent, safe, evaluative and reflective analytical practice

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1
Communicate effectively within a team, resolve differences and manage conflict
E2
Operate effectively within a team situation as both a member and leader
E3
Independently undertake research into an individual topic and present to peers and supervisors

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11CEWM11001Environmental Systems20check mark  
11CEWM11005Waste Management20check mark  
11QUAL11003Interpersonal Skills & Change Management10check mark  
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check mark  
11CEWM11008Clean Technology and Resource Management20 check mark 
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10 check mark 
11CEWM11010Principles of Sustainability10 check mark 
11CEWM11006Pollution Control20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

The award is the Postgraduate Diploma in Waste and Resource Management, the requirements are 120 credits, at SCQF level 11.

The award of PgD Waste and Resource Management (Professional Practice) will be made on completion of the required credit for the award plus the additional 60 credits from the optional Professional Practice module. [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]


University regulations on distinction will apply. Refer to Sections 3.25 and 3.26 of the Regulatory Framework


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1
Develop a critical awareness of current issues in waste and resource management
A2
Critically evaluate evidence from a variety of topics
A3
Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1
Independently collect appropriate data
B2
Consolidate and integrate knowledge gained from the taught modules and provide practical experience in applying effective strategies in waste and/or environmental management
B3
Formulate and present a written technical volume of work

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1
Present a clear concise written report
C2
Communicate effectively to a non-expert audience and to peers and supervisors

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1
Undertake skilled, competent, safe, evaluative and reflective sampling and analysis of environmental hazards, impacts, indicators and other information
D2
Interpret data, draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1
Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress
E2
Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11003Interpersonal Skills & Change Management10check mark  
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check mark  
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check mark  
11CEWM11010Principles of Sustainability10check mark  
11CEWM11001Environmental Systems20check mark  
11CEWM11008Clean Technology and Resource Management20 check mark 
11CEWM11006Pollution Control20 check mark 
11CEWM11005Waste Management20 check mark 
11CEWM11007Waste and Resource Mgt Masters Dissertation60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Details of Dissertation/Project Requirements

The topics for the dissertation may originate from four main sources
1. An industry-led dissertation originating from the student’s place of work
2. An industry-led dissertation originating from a business enquiry
3. A member of the University academic staff
4. A student’s initiative

Once the student has identified a topic area, they are required to contact the Programme Leader for confirmation on the suitability of their chosen topic. Once the topic has been agreed, all students are allocated an individual research supervisor with a specific allocation of time (20 hours). the Programme Leader will assign the supervisor according to subject area. Details are given in the student dissertation guidelines on what students expect of their supervisors and what supervisors expect of their research students.

The students are expected to produce a piece of work of up to 18,000 words.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

Degree of Master of Science (MSc) Waste and Resource Management SCQF level 11. Distinction can be awarded for an MSc graduate as outlined in Regulations 3.25 and 3.26 of the Regulatory Framework.

The award of MSc Waste and Resource Management (Professional Practice) will be made on completion of the required credit for the award plus the additional 60 credits from the optional Professional Practice module. [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of PgCert/ PgDip in Combined Studies.



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