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Unit information: Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation in 2018/19

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Unit name Environmental Management, Policy and Regulation
Unit code CENGM0028
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Claire Gronow
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will begin with a description of the history and development of International, European and UK Environmental policy and regulation. This will enable students to examine how policy and regulation has informed economically and environmentally sustainable practices within individual organisations. It will also highlight issues of sustainabilty and how policy and regulation can contribute to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The unit includes an outline of: international environmental policy and the institutions which make it; the evolution of UK and EU policy and environmental, water and planning law; the development of environmental policy for an organisation; environmental impact assessment, Environmental Management Systems and Life Cycle Analysis.

This unit will be taught by leading practitioners in the area of environmental policy.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

M6.1 summarise and analyse international, European and national policies, laws and regulations for water and the environment;

M6.2 define Environmental Management Systems and explain how they are used to assess the environmental impact of organisations;

M6.3 critically evaluate the wider impact of environmental economic policy on environmental planning.

Teaching details

The teaching in this unit comprises formal lectures, seminars and group work.

Assessment Details

This unit will be assessed (70%) by coursework (a 3000-5000 word assignment relating to part of the unit, but which requires further reading and research), and (30%) by in-unit coursework assessment. Formative assessment/feedback will also be provided throughout the unit from group work and presentations, to help students prepare for the summative assessments.

Reading and References

Roberts, J. (2010) Environmental Policy, 2nd edition, Routledge, 0415497841

Jordan, A. and Adelle, C. (2012) Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, institutions and processes, 3rd edition, Routledge, 184971469X

Scott, J. (2009) Environmental Protection, OUP, 0199565171