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Module Title
Sustainable Development
Reference SUM304 Version 2
Created May 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved June 2012 SCQF Points 15
Amended December 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide an overview and critical understanding of the issues and challenges involved in developing and enhancing the built environment with responsibility to the local and global environment, society and communities.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically evaluate the principles and issues involved in the maintenence, development and design of the built environment, which is responsive to the needs of communities, society and the environment.
2 Critically evaluate people and environment responsible design in a holistic and integrated way.

Indicative Module Content
Introduction to the terms and concepts of sustainability. A selection of factors affecting human settlement, climate, microclimate, topography, infrastructure. Buildings in time and place, urban and rural contexts. Human factors such as health, social interaction and comfort. Resource and energy conservation, waste management, environmental and social impact.

Module Delivery
Module is taught via 2 modes: Taught Mode (T) The module is delivered in taught mode by lectures, interactive workshops, case study tutorials and directed self-study. Online Distance Learning mode (ODL), The delivery is based upon self-directed learning from web-based materials and backed by online workshops, moderated online chat sessions and case studies. Access to online support will be available.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 70
Non-Contact Hours 114 80
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: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: Normally a longitudinal assessment involving topic discussion forums for distance learning students or group work for full time students (20%) and a group presentation (20%).
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: An individual written piece of work.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve 40% or greater in each component.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or better
B 60% or better
C 50% or better
D 40% or better
E 35% or better
F Less than 35%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 ORR, D.W., 2002. The nature of design: ecology, culture, and human intention. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2 PAPANEK, V., 1995. The green imperative. London: Thames & Hudson.
3 EOIN O.COFAIGH ET AL,1996 The Climatic Dwelling: James and James
4 PAOLA SASSI, 2006 Strategies for sustainable Architecture: Taylor and Francis.
5 AVI FRIEDMAN, 2007 Sustainable Residential Development McGraw Hill.
6 BORER & HARRIS, 2008 The whole house Book, Centre for Alternative Technology
7 BJORN BERGE, 2001 The ecology of Building Materials: Architectural Press.
8 ANDERSON J., SHIERS D.K, STEELE 4th 2009 The Green Guide to Specification: Wiley-Blackwell. AMOS RAPOPORT, House Form and culture: Prentice Hall MCHARG, I.L., 1969. Design with nature. New York: The American Museum of Natural History & Doubleday.

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