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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 12:28:12

Title of Module: Principles of Sustainability

Code: CEWM11010 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Iain  McLellan

Summary of Module

On completion of this module you will gain the following Graduate Attributes:

  • Critical thinking as you work collaboratively on a research-minded assignments
  • Problem solving and effective communication
  • Your research will be innovative and creative producing resilient solutions to our environmental and waste management challenges

This module develops skills and knowledge in the field of "Clean Technologies" (CT) i.e. those industrial processes that enhance sustainable resource use and minimise pollution during resource extraction, processing and manufacture. The central objectives of the module are to raise awareness of the drivers and opportunities for development of clean technologies and to enhance CT-relevant scientific, engineering and management skills across a range of industrial sectors, enhancing and extending the pre-existing skills of the student.

The module examines the economic, political and environmental drivers for innovation in CT and reviews points in industrial processes where opportunities exist for such applications. Principles of concept development, design and engineering in CT are then introduced. These concepts and principles are then applied to a range of industrial and utility sectors including agriculture, water resources, construction and the energy industry, as well as resource recovery and recycling.

Classes are delivered by UWS staff and visiting experts who may come from industry and/or government. When opportunities arise, visits will be made to local sites where CT is being applied in practice. Assessment includes individual research, a group design project and problem-solving exercises. All class materials and links to web resources are available on the UWS Virtual Learning Environment.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of sustainability including ecosystem services and environmental justice

L2. Apply a critical understanding of the elements of waste management in the development and application of an effective waste management strategy, including consideration of waste audits and reduction targets

L3. Demonstrate and implement an extensive and detailed understanding of waste and resource management

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Gain a critical understanding of the principles of sustainability.

Evaluate the effectiveness of sustainable waste reduction initiatives.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Identify waste management issues and potential for waste reduction and resource management in a range of industrial settings.

Synthesise information and gain a coherent understanding of theories and practices in managing resources in a variety of industries.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Develop and demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of an issue and develop a solution to an industrial problem.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Gain a full understanding of the process of preparing oral and written reports, using IT.

Communicate results in a professional setting.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Work as part of a professional team to analyse information from a case study situation for an industrial appication, formulate a solution and present it back to the group.

Work independently to create an outline for a waste management system for a particular small business.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:All applicants must satisfy the qualification and/or experience requirements as established in the admission criteria. See Reg. 6.3
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity0
Independent Study82
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Class notes etc. supported by the Virtual Learning Environment

As the University moves towards e-books, an updated list will be made available on the Virtual Learning Environment

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management publications, websites, student membership materials and conference proceedings

Information materials from SEPA and Zero Waste Scotland, and their websites

Barbour Index on-line

National Waste Strategy for Scotland and Local Agenda 21

Barbour Index on-line

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

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. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorJan Miller
External ExaminerA Oke
Accreditation DetailsCIWM
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A written assignment worth 40% of the final mark
Written report worth 40% of the final mark
Oral presentation worth 20% of the final mark
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark check mark400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay check mark 400

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck mark check mark200
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.