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EPRO7003 - Green Auditing

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Title:Green Auditing
Long Title:Enviro Management and Auditing
Module Code:EPRO7003
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Environmental Protection
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: ELEANOR BALDWIN
Module Description: This module addresses the principles and practices of environmental and energy management systems. Students will be introduced to the techniques involved in carrying out environmental and energy audits.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the generic requirements of environmental and energy management systems such as those defined by ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.
LO2 Identify, using audit tools, the environmental impact of the activities, products or services of an organisation.
LO3 Identify opportunities with the potential to improve the environmental performance of an organisation and produce an environmental management programme to implement selected opportunities through defined objectives and targets.
LO4 Introduce basic auditing techniques required to determine conformance with the requirements of environmental and energy management systems standards.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Regulatory Landscape
National and international policies and regulations. ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 standards for environmental management. The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard.
Environmental Management Systems
Understanding sustainability. The role of environmental management. The life-cycle of products and processes. Analysis of use of utilities. Carbon footprints. Carbon footprint analysis. Green teams. Human factors. Interpersonal skills required for negotiation and maximising buy-in from clients.
The Audit Process
Context setting: personnel training; corporate responsibility. Planning: the role of green teams; scale and scope. Review of corporate policy. Identification of environmental impacts of products, processes or services. Set up test and verification procedures. Undertake audit using statistical sampling techniques. Evaluate findings. Reporting: options; recommendations and action plans. Implementation of action plans. Verification and feedback. Review of process.
Case Studies
Case studies will be carried out individually; topics may include resource efficiency in business sectors, analysis of the use of utilities, environmental and energy improvement programmes, and the carbon footprint of organisations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Case Study 1 Resource Efficiency Assessment 3 15.0 Week 7
Written Report Case Study 2 Management Systems 1 15.0 Week 10
Short Answer Questions Assessment 2 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 12
Project Green Team Report and Presentation to invited audience, including an opportunity for peer assessment. 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Workshops 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Study of module content, research and project activities 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Workshops 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) No Description 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

This module does not have any book resources
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 5 Mandatory

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