ESC-20080 - Environmental and Sustainability Impact Assessment
Coordinator: Helen C Glanville Tel: +44 1782 7 33987
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module starts by looking at the different ways of viewing the world and carrying out research, through to the skills and techniques required for different forms of data collection in the natural and social sciences, and looks at ways of analysing these data. These techniques are taught within the context of carrying out a piece of work assessing an area of the university campus as might be done for professional purposes in the workplace. Students will produce an Environmental Impact Assessment for the location in question promoting the development of skills that are relevant to a range of specialist careers pathways.

This module aims to develop students knowledge by equipping them with research skills appropriate to the fields of Environmental Science, Environment and Sustainability, and Ecology and Conservation. Students will gain understanding of different epistemologies and underpinning research methodologies within the natural and social sciences. Students will gain experience in a range of natural and social science research methods, covering fieldwork and laboratory approaches, social science data collection methods, and the analysis of different data types. Students will apply this learning to research in the real world through an Environmental Impact Assessment for a case study location on the university campus.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

Practical classes 36 hours
Practical class orientation session 12 hours
Practical class preparation 12 hours
Preparation and completion of EBS report 45 hours
Preparation and completion of GIS project 25 hours
Independent research and wider reading 20 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Project weighted 35%
GIS project
Completion of an individually-assessed GIS project relating to a series of exercises run in the practical sessions

2: Report weighted 65%
An industry standard, authentic Group Environmental Impact Assessment Report. Students will work in small groups to produce a group report which collates, analyses and presents the data collected in the field and in the lab during the module.