Module code: ENGM066

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 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 40

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRE-MODULE ESSAY 30
Coursework FINAL ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment

Different choice of essay topics for either assessment.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

The dominant approach towards identifying, documenting and minimising the effects an organisation has on its specific and the wider (physical and to some extent social) environment is originated in the Total Quality Management (TQM) Movement. Auditing as the systematic process of performance evaluation against pre-set standards, as well the need to embed all activities into a contrived system of managing activities are at the heart of environmental management. They are also at the heart of this module, which has the purpose of introducing environmental auditing and environmental management systems in a practical, informative and useful manner. 

The course will explore the dominant, practical and topical concerns surrounding environmental auditing and environmental management systems. It is one of the components required for the Associate Membership of IEMA.

Module aims

To provide a solid understanding of the knowledge, skills and steps required to undertaking an Environmental Audit.

To understand & develop appropriate Environmental Policies

To be able to competently read an environmental audit report.

Increase understanding of the meaning and function of EMS and its certified standards;

improve the understanding of the role of EMS

aid in the collection of data within an EMS

appreciate common implementation problems

discuss and highlight practical experiences of EMS implementation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the knowledge, process and practice of Auditing in an organisation, as well as put the results of an audit into an organisational context C
2 Be able to outline and articulate differences in types of audits, as well as how auditing can support broader environmental management K
3 Review an organisation's environmental performance in broad terms and develop a Register of Significant Environmental Aspects T
4 Advise on the auditability of an organisation to adopt a register of significant environmental aspects PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Implementation aspects of management systems
ISO14001, EMAS – their content, main differences and similarities.
Details to consider when implementing ISO14001
Developing and reviewing an environmental aspects register
Role of auditing in EMS implementation

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching is designed to encourage active, case-based learning.  The module will encourage students to explore and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives underpinning practice cases, and consider their application to their own organisations, as far as they know them.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures and class discussions (25 hours)
Site visits (7 hours)
Independent study (118 hours)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking and practical skills in understanding and evaluation the environmental performance of a company, as well as the ability to critically reflect on the concept and practice of auditing.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

1000 word individual pre-module reflective essay. (30%)
3000 word post-module reflective essay or company report. (70%)

Formative assessment

Lectures and class discussions (25 hours)
Site visits (7 hours)
Independent study (118 hours)

Reading list

Reading list for ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm066

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Environmental Management MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Strategy MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sustainable Development MSc 2 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.