Module code: ENGM066

Module Overview

The dominant approach towards identifying, documenting and minimising the effects an organisation has on its specific and the wider (physical and to some extent social) environment is originated in the Total Quality Management (TQM) Movement. Auditing as the systematic process of performance evaluation against pre-set standards, as well the need to embed all activities into a contrived system of managing activities are at the heart of environmental management. They are also at the heart of this module, which has the purpose of introducing environmental auditing and environmental management systems in a practical, informative and useful manner. 

The course will explore the dominant, practical and topical concerns surrounding environmental auditing and environmental management systems. It is one of the components required for the Associate Membership of IEMA.

Module provider

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader

WEHRMEYER Walter (Sust & CEE)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 8

Independent Learning Hours: 103

Seminar Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 3

Guided Learning: 4

Captured Content: 12

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Implementation aspects of management systems

  • ISO14001, EMAS – their content, main differences and similarities.

  • Details to consider when implementing ISO14001

  • Developing and reviewing an environmental aspects register

  • Role of auditing in EMS implementation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRE-MODULE ESSAY 30
Coursework FINAL ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking and practical skills in understanding and evaluation the environmental performance of a company, as well as the ability to critically reflect on the concept and practice of auditing.

Thus, the summative and formative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 1000 word individual pre-module essay. (30%)

  • 3000 word post-module essay or company report. (70%)

Module aims

  • To provide a solid understanding of the knowledge, skills and steps required to undertaking an Environmental Audit.
  • To understand & develop appropriate Environmental Policies
  • To be able to competently read an environmental audit report.
  • Increase understanding of the meaning and function of EMS and its certified standards;
  • improve the understanding of the role of EMS
  • aid in the collection of data within an EMS
  • appreciate common implementation problems
  • discuss and highlight practical experiences of EMS implementation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the knowledge, process and practice of Auditing in an organisation, as well as put the results of an audit into an organisational context C
2 Be able to outline and articulate differences in types of audits, as well as how auditing can support broader environmental management K
3 Review an organisation's environmental performance in broad terms and develop a Register of Significant Environmental Aspects T
4 Advise on the auditability of an organisation to adopt a register of significant environmental aspects PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching is designed to encourage active, case-based learning.  The module will encourage students to explore and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives underpinning practice cases, and consider their application to their own organisations.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures and class discussions 

  • Site visits

  • Independent study 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Environmental Management MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Strategy MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Sustainable Development MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.