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Module Title
Socially Responsible Management
Reference ENM616 Version 5
Created October 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved June 2006 SCQF Points 15
Amended November 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide a survey of socially responsible management issues as relevant to engineers' professional development and work context. To introduce potential standards, guidelines and concepts for socially responsible management; build awareness of key concepts in the relationship between engineering and society; and develop competence in writing non-technical reports.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Demonstrate awareness of the importance of socially responsible management to an engineer's professional development; by identifying societal issues within engineering projects.
2 Show understanding of a range of standards and strategies which may inform socially responsible management practice, and evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses.
3 Assess challenges and opportunities for initiating sustainable and socially responsible practice across the full supply chain.
4 Evidence ability to communicate non-technical issues relevant to engineering clearly, through production of an outline socially responsible management strategy document.

Indicative Module Content
Key concepts and standards in socially responsible management (social licence to operate; responsible innovation; ISO26000; UN Global Compact); risk governance (risk characterisation and communication); stakeholder mapping and engagement; community relations and the legacy of infrastructure projects; building sustainable community relations; understanding value chains; building value across the supply chain. Content will be supported with case studies throughout, and students will be encouraged to make links to their own experiences and practices.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 35 35
Non-Contact Hours 115 115
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: A 5000 word non-technical report outlining a corporate social responsibility strategy for an engineering-related company.

Explanatory Text
To pass the module, students must achieve at least a grade D.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A >70%
B 60-69%
C 55-59%
D 50-54%
E 35-50%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module ENM640: Principles of Asset Management, or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 A range of key journal articles and current texts will be provided on CampusMoodle together with topical web sources as opposed to a single 'textbook'. However, students may find the following useful as indicative background reading:
2 VERTIGANS, S. and IDOWU, S. eds., 2017. Corporate Social Responsibility: Academic Insights and Impacts. New York, NY: Springer.
3 The Extractive Industries and Society (
4 Journal of Risk Research (
5 Environmental Impact Assessment Review (

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