Module details for Introduction to Sustainability: The role for you and your organisation


Increasingly many organisations have recognised that sustainability is important at a personal and organisational level. This module enables those interested in sustainability to examine the concepts, policy & ethical framework in which organisations operate and to develop the necessary skills to enhance you and your organisation in a sustainable manner. Through engaging with this module, you will develop the Intellectual, Active Citizen and Digital Abertay Attributes. In particular: Be a problem-solver, tackling complex issues using creativity to adopt to climate change; to be globally conscientious and socially respectful, to be self-reflective, and to develop awareness of your civic, ethical, and environmental responsibilities; to develop digital fluency using appropriate online platform to interact with module content.


The module aims to provide an understanding of the concepts and practical application of sustainability goals and their role in the strategic development and operation of organisations and their activities.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply the concepts of sustainability, policy & ethical issues around sustainability and the role of UN Sustainability Goals

Indicative Content

1 Why it is important

Stakeholders, Environmental issues, Equality, Needs and opportunities. Concepts and definitions: Venn diagram, triple bottom line, Russian doll, micky mouse, 5 capitals model of sustainability

2 Monitoring and Measurements

Can’t manage what you can’t measure, monitoring and indicators, Sustainable Development Goals: UN SDGs, operationalising sustainability

3 Organisational responses and sustainability reporting

Sector responses to sustainability, SDGs and Corporate Social Responsibility

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 10
Independent 30
Total 50

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.