ENVR07044 2019 Environmental Management Systems and Auditing

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Management Systems and Auditing
Transcript Title
Environmental Management Syste
Code
ENVR07044
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Steve Tonry, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management
Description

This module explains in detail the specific requirements of a number of international standards (ISO 14001, ISO 14004 and ISO 19011) and the European Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in relation to the planning, implementation, monitoring, auditing, reviewing and reporting of environmental management systems. In addition to addressing all of the issues set out in the standards/regulation, participants are required to apply the theory to address practical issues/situations in the workplace.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Review organisations' published environmental policy statements to assess for conformance with the specific requirements of ISO14001

2.

Explain how to carry out an Environmental Review of a facility and select appropriate environmental Objectives and Targets

3.

Discuss how to establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO14001 and/or EMAS.

4.

Discuss the factors that should be considered in the planning, execution and subsequent reporting of environmental audits in accordance with the requirements of ISO 19011.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time (or part-time for online modules). This will include lectures, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam.

There are two separate MCQs worth 15% each.

There is one continuous assessment assignment (20%) (either individual or group) which will involve one or more of the following:

  • Review/develop an environmental policy statement for a range of organisations
  • Develop an appropriate methodology for carrying out an environmental review
  • Critically review EMAS Environmental Statements
  • Develop an appropriate methodology for carrying out an environmental audit of an activity, site or organisation.
  • Review of scientific papers or other publications relating to EMSs

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Theory Exam.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

1. Review organisations' published environmental policy statements to assess for conformance with the specific requirements of ISO 14001

  • Review Environmental Policy Statements for conformance with ISO 14001 and/or develop an Environmental Policy for a particular organisation

2. Explain how to carry out an Environmental Review of a facility and select appropriate environmental Objectives and Targets

  • How to efficiently and effectively carry out an Environmental Review of a site/organisation/process.
  • How to develop an appropriate set of Environmental Objectives and Targets.

3. Discuss how to establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14001 and/or EMAS.

  • Factors to be considered in Planning, Developing, Implementing, Monitoring and Reporting for an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the various standards and latest/ongoing research.

4. Discuss the factors that should be considered in the planning, execution and subsequent reporting of environmental audits in accordance with the requirements of ISO 19011.

  • How to Plan, Execute and subsequently Report on Environmental Audits in accordance with ISO 19011.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 4 3
2 Individual/Group Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2
3 MCQ2 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 13 3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Theory Examination Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4
             
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online On-line Lectures 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Online Individual/Group Tutorials 0.7 Weekly 0.70
Tutorial Problem Based Learning Room Group Work, Student Presentations 4.5 Once Per Semester 0.30
Independent Learning Not Specified Research, reading and reflection 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015 ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use (ISO 14001:2015) ISO

Required Reading
2016 ISO 14004 Environmental management systems General guidelines on implementation ISO

Required Reading
(2018) ISO 19011 Guidelines for auditing management systems ISO

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

In addition to the required textbooks, relevant sections of other documents will be provided on the subject Moodle page such as:

  • European Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulations 
  • COMMISSION DECISION (EU) 2017/2285 of 6 December 2017 Amending the user's guide setting out the steps needed to participate in EMAS, under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)
  • Relevant scientific research papers and other publications related to Environmental Management Systems and Auditing

 

 

Journal Resources

None

URL Resources

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/pdf/factsheets/EMAS_revised_annexes.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/emas/emas_publications/sectoral_reference_documents_en.htm

https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management.html

 

 

Other Resources

Remote proctoring facilities required for Online students.

Additional Information

None