Environmental Regulation & Business Strategy


Sustainability issues continue to change the context in which organisations operate. The change presents risk, if appropriate action is not taken but represents opportunity for those who recognise the nature and scope of such change. This module provides a wide knowledge of strategic business issues associated with sustainable development and examines the regulations which underpin the environmental agenda.


The module aims to examine the regulation of environmental protection and provide an understanding of fundamental business principles, processes and functions in the context of increasing environmental pressures.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Examine the legal mechanisms available to policymakers to protect the environment and manage resources

2.  Critically appraise business practice within an organisation using PEST and SWOT

3.  Develop a strategic approach to address both environmental challenges and opportunities for an organisation

Indicative Content

1 Environmental Regulation

Environmental policy principles; the ethos of enforcement; Use of environmental standards.

2 Environmental Business & Strategy

Business strategies relating to the international environment market; Operational management and product/services development; Innovation within environmental business; Role of SWOT/PEST in planning and delivery of business strategies; Investigating national/international opportunities/threats arising from socio-economic development and environmental awareness; due diligence

3 Environmental Communication

Value of environmental reporting to the corporate image; Regulatory reporting requirements; Communicating environmental performance to internal and external stakeholders; Stakeholder perception and evaluation of environmental risk.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Lectures are used to impart information, knowledge and appraisal techniques; tutorials, seminars and case studies are used to facilitate their application. Practical sessions include presentations based on set tasks to develop team-working and communication skills. Focus for the content is adaptable to the course of study for the student - students are expected to undertake PEST and SWOT of their own organisation as part of the module or to select a case study from an industry sector relevant to their course.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 38
Assessment 70
Independent 56

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.