University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Katherine Hyde
    Summary module description:
    The Sustainability Module challenges students studying Construction Management and Engineering to develop their understanding of the meaning of sustainability in the context of the built environment and the needs of sustainable cities and infrastructure. The Module prepares students for the day-to-day challenges of implementing innovative and sustainable building solutions, technologies and mitigation. Case studies are included in the Module
    The Aims of the Module are:
    1) to explain the role of Sustainability within the sector and to explain the practise and application of Sustainability in construction and the built environment;
    2) to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Sustainability in construction:
    3) to enable students to apply critical thinking and problem solving to their knowledge and understanding of Sustainability.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    1. Explain the broad environmental, energy and sustainability requirements for construction, buildings and development, including the impacts of climate change;
    2. Analyse and quantify the energy requirements for buildings, including domestic energy; explain the role of energy efficiency in buildings;
    3. Examine and analyse, both qualitatively and quantitatively, environmental impacts and carbon emissions arising from buildings in-use and during construction; recommend measures for the control of pollution, and environmental mitigation during construction;
    4. Evaluate and apply Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) methodologies;
    5. Evaluate renewable energy systems and technologies for buildings, including their economic performance;
    Additional outcomes:
    1- Short written group assignment
    2- Group teamworking.
    Outline content:
    1) General Introduction to the Sustainability Module; aims, objectives, learning outcomes
    2) Introduction to the CE3CS1 autumn group assignment
    3) Environmental Impact Assessment
    4) Carbon Pricing: Principles, Methods and Applications
    5) Climate Change
    6) Pros and cons of Renewable Energy
    7) Decarbonising the Electricity Grid
    8) Sustainable Materials and Embodied Carbon in Construction
    9) Code for Sustainable Homes and LEED
    10) Microgeneration
    11) Domestic Energy Use; Smart Metering, Resource Efficiency and Monitoring
    12) Contaminated Land and Remediation
    13) Water Efficiency in the Built Environment, and Greywater Systems
    14) Water and Sustainable Urban Systems
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Lectures, Group work, Tutorials,Site work and associated Problem-Based Learning ( where relevant) , and private study
    Contact hours:
    Lectures 15
    Seminars 5
    Guided independent study 80
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Written assignment including essay 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Coursework: one assignment
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    2 hour examination in May/June
    Requirements for a pass:
    40% Overall
    Reassessment arrangements:
    One hour 2 hour examination in August/September
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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