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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5223M Delivering Sustainability Through Projects

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Effie Papargyropoulou

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

SOEE5222M Project Management (People and Resources)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module aims to respond to students' desire to know how to be effective change agents and operate in a variety of organisational contexts (e.g. business, policy, consultancy, third sector), making a contribution to sustainability. The module introduces students to some core elements of sustainability and also to some of the essential processes for delivering sustainability. Students will choose a particular theme/case study to explore in depth throughout the module, allowing them to tailor the module to a specific area of interest and programme context. Students will work in groups on a case study project and present their project ideas, including sustainability assessments, as a group. Based on that group work, students will then work individually to prepare detailed project plans including critical project path items, risk registers and mitigation strategies, the kind of document that a senior leader or project sponsor would like to see from a project manager.


To equip students with the tools and techniques to be able to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical contexts and deliver sustainable outcomes.

To equip students to recognise, value and be able to work with different disciplines in delivering sustainability.

Learning outcomes
On completing this module you should be able to:

- analyse a project aiming to deliver some aspect of sustainability and select appropriate techniques to deliver that project,
- analyse and evaluate the role of different stakeholders in project development and delivery
- synthesise knowledge from multiple disciplines in order to analyse the system that surrounds the project.
- Understand the full project life cycle and the potential contribution to sustainable development – from project concept to evaluation.


• Key concepts and ideas in Sustainable Development
• Stakeholder theory: analysis, management, engagement
• Systems thinking and design
• Regulation and governance issues shaping sustainability
• The Project Life Cycle
• Project management ( including resource planning and budgeting)
• Evaluation techniques
• Resilience and adaptation
• Organisational design and development
• Team working, design and development

These topics, introduced through lectures, would then be applied by the students, working in groups, to explore a specific case study, with these case studies providing the basis for seminar discussions. Case studies could include:

• Planning a renewable energy installation / investment
• Developing an eco-tourism lodge
• Developing a community-supported agriculture, energy or transport scheme
• Reducing landfilled waste in a local authority area (potentially through energy generation)
• Developing a new consumer product (cleaning product)
• Implementing a resource efficiency programme in a public sector organisation (e.g. health sector or education sector)
• Designing and implementing cycling infrastructure in a city
• Establishing a new commodity supply chain for a food product / catering offer.
• Resource permitting (energy, waste, water) for a new settlement

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will be focussed on enabling students to explore how the lecture topics apply to the specific case they are exploring in group work. The seminars will be an opportunity for the academic contact for each case study to suggest areas to explore, and research to consider etc.
Both grey literature and academic literature will be important for effective student learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the five seminars.

Students will be split into (up to) groups, each group (of up to 6 students) taking a different case study to work on in depth. Each case study will have a lead academic with expertise in the case study topic. Each group will have five seminars with their lead academic, allowing for progress monitoring and formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportIndividual project plan (2,500 words)70.00
Group ProjectGroup presentation (20 minutes)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Module resit will be a written report.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/07/2018


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