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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM5800M Introduction to Sustainability Science and Technology

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Prof Bao Nguyen
Email: b.nguyen@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering, environmental science, physical science or mathematics discipline

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aim of this module is to introduce students to various aspects of sustainability science and technology, which will guide their selection of optional modules for more in-depth study and their research project in semester 3. The topics covered include ethical aspects of sustainability, CO2 capture and utilisation, renewable energy, sustainable materials and circular economy, chemical feedstock and advanced manufacturing, water, waste and environmental contamination.

Objectives

The module will provide students with:
• an understanding of the ethical aspects of sustainability
• an understanding of the role of science and technology in achieving sustainability
• an understanding of current pressing challenges in sustainability
• an overall working knowledge of the various areas of sustainability science and technology
• a holistic view of sustainability assessment, including life cycle assessment

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the ethical aspects of sustainability
2. Explain the role of science and technology in achieving sustainability
3. Analyse the current pressing challenges in sustainability science and technology
4. Apply a holistic view to sustainability assessment, including life cycle assessment

Skills Learning Outcomes
During the module students will demonstrate the following skills:
5. Critically analyse sustainability challenges and potential areas which can be improved.
6. Practiced integrated problem solving in selecting suitable technologies to address sustainable energy, transport and manufacturing challenges.
7. Practiced presentation skills





Syllabus

Students will be introduced to topics in sustainability science and technology including: holistic concepts of sustainability, CO2 capture and utilisation, energy challenges and solutions, biodegradability and recycling of materials, precious metals, electronics materials, chemical feedstock, water resources, waste and contamination.
Students will have opportunities to practice and develop their understanding of the topics through interactive lectures and two workshops.

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

1 x Presentation
1 x Standard exam

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture112.0022.00
Seminar32.006.00
Independent online learning hours24.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Written formative feedback will be provided on a short written exercise early in the course. They will also be provided with verbal feedback during the two workshops.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/07/2024

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