ENVR09026 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND AUDITING

General Details

Full Title
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND AUDITING
Transcript Title
ENV. SYSTEMS AND AUDITING
Code
ENVR09026
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
09 - NFQ Level 9
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SEHSM_M09 201600 Master of Science in EHS Management
Description

This Module introduces the concepts of environmental management, explores in detail the specific requirements of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), ISO 14001 and ISO19011 and develops the methods and approaches required for Environmental Management and Environmental Auditing.       

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Identify and discuss the different views and interests of various environmental stakeholders.

2.

Explain how to carry out an environmental review of a facility and select appropriate environmental objectives and targets.

3.
Explain what is required in developing an appropriate Environmental Policy for an organisation.
4.

Explain how to establish an appropriate EMS for an organisation and identify the various sub-components of an EMS.

5.

Demonstrate how to carry out an Environmental Audit in accordance with ISO 19011.

6.

Explain the Management Review process. 

7.
Explain what is involved in preparing an Environmental Statement.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. PowerPoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment - 50%, Final exam - 50%.

Regular assessments will be undertaken via Moodle and assignments uploaded via Moodle. Assignments may be designed across modules delivered in the same semester.

Students may be assessed individually or in group environments with a strong emphasis on continual improvement and skill building.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, practical test or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Discussion on what constitutes environmental management.

Identification of the various environmental stakeholders and their likely attitudes towards the environment and various environmental issues.

Overview of the various models for an EMS, including EMAS and ISO14001.

Detailed study of the specific elements of EMAS, ISO 14001 and ISO19011.

Use of EMAS Guidelines and ISO14004 to develop and maintain an EMS.

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 In-class discussions, Q & A sessions and team based assignments. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Short Question Assessments to provide feedback to students Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
3 Assignment 1 - Env Policy/Review/EMS Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4
4 Assignment 2 - Report on Env Audit/Env Statement Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % OnGoing 5,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final theory exam. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-study, research, reading and reflection 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

ISO 14001: 2014, Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use.

ISO 14004: 2016, Environmental management Systems - General guidelines on implementation

ISO 19011: 2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems.

Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)

COMMISSION DECISION of 4 March 2013 establishing 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)

URL Resources

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

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R1221&from=EN

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013D0131&from=EN

 

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

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