Module details for Environmental Management


Increasingly many organisations have recognised that the environment is a management issue and not just a matter of legislative compliance. This module presents a series of practical management tools with which environmental issues can be managed, within both the public and private sector. This module enables those interested in the role of project management to examine the policy, legal & ethical framework in which projects operate and to develop the necessary skills to manage diverse teams in a sustainable manner.


The module aims to provide an understanding of the practical application of environmental management and its role in the strategic development and operation of organisations and activities; to provide an understanding of environmental assessment tools to support the decision-making process and provide the skills and knowledge required to manage the project development process effectively, safely and in a sustainable manner. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand the policy, legal & ethical issues and critically evaluate the social, economic and technical factors, which influence environmental management to operate and plan sustainable projects. 

2.  Appraise the environmental performance of an organisation or activity and recommend appropriate measures to minimise pollution, in the short-term and long-term and design appropriate control systems 

3.  Undertake a project appraisal involving a range of investment and operational options and make judgments on priority; taking into account cost and environmental considerations. 

4.  Examine the leadership traits required to achieve successful project outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety practices in reducing workplace risk. 

Indicative Content

1 Sustainable Development

Definitions, approaches, assessment and enhancement frameworks. Policy, legal & ethical frameworks. Comparison of EU Environmental Legislation with other Zones, eg Asia, USA, Africa.

2 Management Systems

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Life Cycle Analysis or Assessment (LCA) Carbon management and carbon sequestration 

3 Environmental decision support tools

Environmental decision support tools such as economic evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, multi criteria analysis in the context of the development of priorities for sustainable development. 

4 Planning and programming tools

Planning and programming tools and techniques, cost estimation and cost control systems, Quality and Environmental Management systems. 

5 Project Leadership

Role of the project leader and making the difference as a project leader, effective decision making, solving complex problems, team development and leading people.

6 Health & Safety

Duties and liabilities of employer and employees, purpose and role of health and safety risk assessments and method statements, ethical issues in managing health and safety. 

7 Project and on-going management

Project and on-going management, including business efficiency projects e.g. PPC Permitting, ISO14001 

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 50
Assessment 70
Independent 56
Total 200

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.