Course Brief

Aims As the impact on the environment of human activity becomes more and more apparent, the role of environmental management in organisations is increasingly being added to the duties of the safety professional.  Environmental management is being recognised by many organisations as not just being good for the planet, but also good for business as customers and clients seek suppliers and contractors with a strong environmental ethos. With increasing national and international concern about the environment, it is inevitable that the involvement of many safety professionals in environmental management will increase and this course is intended to provide a general introduction to environmental management, what it is and why it is important.   The course aims to:
  • Explore, evaluate and build on the existing theory and practice associated with environmental pollution and management;
  • Analyse and evaluate the impact on the environment of industrial and commercial activities;
  • Identify and explore various environmental pollution management strategies and consider the factors that will determine the most appropriate;
  • Be familiar with the concept of environmental management systems and be able to select and implement an appropriate system within an organisation.

At the end of the course, the student will:

  • Fully appreciate the impact of human activity on the environment and how that impact is manifested;
  • Recognise the benefits to an organisation of having a robust and positive approach to environmental
  • Management;
  • Be able to identify and apply scientific and technical controls on the main types of environmental
  • pollution;
  • Be familiar with a range of environmental management systems;
  • Be able to identify the most appropriate environmental management system for an organisation and
  • apply it;
  • Be familiar with the wider national and international environmental issues.

Nature and sources of environmental pollution, planned and unplanned discharges, local, national and international pollution issues.

  • Pollution of the air, land and water; solid liquid and gaseous emissions.
  • Effect of pollutants on animate and inanimate objects.
  • Control of environmental pollutions through scientific, technical and administrative techniques.
  • Environmental noise sources and controls.
  • Environmental impact and assessment.
  • Global warming, ozone depletion and other global environmental issues.
  • Sustainability, Brundlandt Report, Rio Declaration, Local Agenda 21, Kyoto.
  • Environmental management issues; national and international agreements.
  • Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14000 series, other national and international standards.
  • Implementation of an environmental management system.
  • Other administrative and legal controls.

The learning time for a 20 credit M course is approximately 200 hours, and when the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centred.

When delivered by Block Release, the learning and teaching strategy will rely on written courses guides, lectures, tutorials and seminars, supported by online learning resources.

This course has two (2) assignments.