ENVR08020 2019 Resource Management

General Details

Full Title
Resource Management
Transcript Title
Resource Management
Code
ENVR08020
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Cait Coyle, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science
Description

This module appraises the value of our geological, soil and hydrogeological resources with due consideration to related socioeconomic and environmental aspects. The importance of sustainable development, encompassing the application of satisfactory environmental management practices, is emphasised in order to protect non-renewable, natural resources. Major global  land management challenges will be critically assessed through the application of case studies.  The module focuses in particular on the sustainable development and management of water. A particular focus is also given on clean production methods, green procurement, life cycle assessment (LCA) and the financial appraisal of proposed environmental initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Critically review various aspects of current national and international developments in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-labelling and Cleaner Production (CP).

2.

Critically review various aspects of current national and international developments in Green Public Procurement process.

3.

Carry out a financial appraisal of proposed projects to determine whole life costs using discounted cash flow techniques. 

 

4.

Identify major threats to the groundwater resource and discuss management strategies for its protection.

5.

Explain major threats to the soil resource and appraise key approaches for its sustainable management in agriculture.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. 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.

The first element of continuous assessment (10%) will consist of an MCQ covering green procurement, eco-labels and life cycle assessment (LCA).

The second element of continuous assessment (20%) will consist of an individual/group assignment requiring a financial appraisal of proposed environmental initiatives.

The third element of continuous assessment (20%) will consist of a written assignment relating to the topics of the groundwater resource and the protection of soils.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Critically review various aspects of current national and international developments in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-labelling and Cleaner Production (CP).

  • Principles of LCA (ISO 14040, ISO 14044)
  • Critical review of a range of LCA Case Studies
  • Principles and methodologies of Cleaner Production (CP)
  • Application of CP methodologies to a selected range of sectors to proactively protect the environment 
  • Eco-Label Criteria

Critically review various aspects of current national and international developments in Green Public Procurement (GPP) process.

  • Legal framework and Basic Principles for GPP
  • Green Criteria and Technical Specifications in tender documents
  • Selection and Award Criteria
  • Obstacles to and Implementation of GPP

Carry out a financial appraisal of proposed projects to determine whole life costs using discounted cash flow techniques. 

  • Payback 
  • Net Present Value
  • Internal Rate of Return

Identify major threats to the groundwater resource and discuss management strategies for its protection.

  • The importance of the groundwater resource.
  • Groundwater abstraction.
  • Impacts on groundwater quality.
  • Impacts of poorly managed mining operations on the water environment.
  • Mitigation measures to help protection groundwater quantity and quality.
  • Relevant legislation.

Explain major threats to the soil resource and appraise key approaches for its sustainable management (in agriculture).

  • The importance of the soil resource
  • Major threats to the soil resource (in agriculture)
  • Approaches for the sustainable management of the soil resource.
  • Relevant legislation.

 

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 Individual or group assignment requiring data acquisition and analysis and preparation of professional report Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Individual assignment requiring a literature review, data acquisition, case studies and preparation of a professional report. Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 12 4,5
3 MCQ covering LCA, Eco-Labels and GPP Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 13

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-study, research, reading and reflection 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 

Various reports prepared by River Basin District Boards, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, and the EPA

Sonnemann, Tsang & Schuhmacher (2018) Integrated Life-Cycle and Risk Assessment for Industrial Processes and Products, CRC Press.

ISO 14040 (2006), Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Principles and Framework. International Organization of Standardization.

ISO 14044 (2006), Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment – Requirements and Guidelines. International Organization of Standardization.

Relevant articles reflecting latest research and practice from the Journal of Cleaner Production (and other publications as appropriate) across a range of sectors.

European Commission (2016), Buying-Green-Handbook on Green Public Procurement -3rd-Edition

Irish Green Procurement Strategy and EU Eco-label Regulations and technical documents

Karlheinz Spitz 2008 Mining and the Environment: From Ore to Metal CRC Press

Paul L. Younger 2006 Groundwater in the Environment: An Introduction Wiley‑Blackwell

Raymond R. Weil 2016 The Nature and Properties of Soils Pearson

 

 

Journal Resources

Journal of Cleaner Production https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-cleaner-production

Groundwater Journal.

Journal of sustainable agriculture.

URL Resources

Implementation of the Circular Economy - http://ec.europa.eu/environment/circular-economy/index_en.htm

Green Public Procurement (GPP) -  http://www.tenderteam.ie/advice/green-public-procurement-gpp-buying-green/

Geological Survey of Ireland - www.gsi.ie

Teagasc - www.teagasc.ie

FAO - www.fao.org

Environmental Protection Agency - www.epa.ie

Other Resources

Access to the dedicated Moodle page for the module

Additional Information

None