Module details for Individual Sustainability: Understanding and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint


This online module will support you to get familiar with sustainability and introduce you to tools that can help you to understand and reduce your climate impact. By increasing your sustainability self-awareness, you will be able to make a positive difference in your own life, and in the organisations and communities around you. The module will provide examples and case studies linking personal actions with climate change and carbon emissions. Whilst highlighting areas that are problematic, the module will provide a positive outlook – providing solutions and action that can reduce carbon emissions and help the environment. 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.


At the end of this module participants will be able to understand and reduce their carbon footprint. Using personal Carbon Calculator Tools, they will be able to determine their personal carbon footprint, this will enhance awareness of contributions to personal footprint and ways to reduce it.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand and execute plans to reduce their carbon footprint

Indicative Content

1 Climate change, carbon, and global warming

We define sustainability, enhancing understanding of the links between society, economy, and environment. Climate change is explained and linked to sustainability. We provide clear accessible information about the reliable science of climate change. We describe the efforts towards limiting human-induced global warming (limiting cumulative CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions).

2 Carbon footprint calculator tools

Understanding your contribution. We look at carbon footprint tools. For example, the WWF environmental footprint tool is a great way to start your personal sustainability journey. The planet is in crisis and it's up to all of us to fix it. Take your first step with carbon and environmental footprint calculator tools which help you to understand your impact.

3 Taking action

Once you understand your impact, you can start to make changes that will reduce your climate impact.

4 Case studies

Throughout the module we present case studies and examples to help support the learning and provide inspiration.

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.