Module code: ENGM060

Module provider

Centre for Environment & Sustainability

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 7

Independent Study Hours: 118

Lecture Hours: 25

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Alternative case study (group assessment), alternative set of questions (post-module assignment)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module seeks to provide students with the physical science and social science introduction that other modules in the Centre for Environment and Sustainability subsequently build upon. 

Module aims

To introduce key theoretical concepts in the physical and natural sciences and their importance for sustainable development;

To outline the underlying science behind specific environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion and biodiversity loss;

To give an overview of the scientific approaches to diagnosis, analysis and solution of environmental problems;

To introduce the complex interactions between scientific knowledge, uncertainty and public policy.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Recognise the importance of science to the debates on sustainable development C
2 Be able to articulate the scientific dimensions of policy responses to environmental problems K
3 Be able to identify the complexities of sustainable development inherent in the science / policy interface. K
4 Be able to carry out a basic environmental risk assessment P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

ecology and biodiversity,
thermodynamics of ecosystems and human systems,
pollution science,
the science of climate change,
the science of ozone depletion,
environmental risk assessment,
scientific uncertainty and the development processes for environmental policy.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to encourage active, problem-based learning.  The module will encourage students to explore and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives, and consider their application to case studies.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures and class discussions (25 hours)
In-class assessed group work (7 hours)
Independent study (118 hours)


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to conduct research in the scientific literature and thus build upon concepts introduced in the module’s lectures. 

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Ten-page group work report completed during module week (20% of module marks)
3000 word individual post-module coursework consisting of short-answer questions (80% of module marks)

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive qualitative feedback (and marks) on the group work report prior to the submission of the individual post-module coursework.

Reading list

Reading list for ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND SOCIETY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm060

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Environmental Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Strategy MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sustainable Development MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.