Module Details

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Code ENVS560
Coordinator Dr UJ Jha Thakur
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module is based upon the execution of a client based mini-project. This module aims to provide students with the support to develop skills of analysis, interpretation, policy prescription and ethical considerations that may arise in client consultant relationships. It is well grounded in the Department’s own research activities and draws upon established links with a number of local authorities and other public bodies. The foundation for this module is laid out in the pre-requisite module of ENVS 529 (Sem 1). Hence, this module is based on applying the knowledge gained from ENVS529 and added in real-life scenarios. It is conducted in partnership with an identified client. It therefore lends itself to research-connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Data collection and analysing skill: to apply skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting and interpreting data related to an environmental assessment and management project;

(LO2) Ability to use skills of policy prescription based on these data;

(LO3) Ability to adopt a critical approach to the examination of existing practice in the analysis and evaluation of environmental assessment and management projects;

(LO5) Ability to provide professional consultation in put to clients

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Leadership

(S4) Teamwork



This module is based entirely on a client based project and there is no fixed syllabus. Mandatory elements, however, include:

- the development of a tender document
- an initial presentation at an initial project meeting with the client
- weekly tutorials on project progress
- final presentation at a departmental conference

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Problem Based Learning
Description: Students are introduced to a Client and are required to work for the project specified by the client. It should be noted that the brief produced in consultation with the client is differentiated between the UG and PG levels to accommodate the respective learning levels and outcomes.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Meetings with the clients are organised to provide a better understanding of the brief the students are presented with.

Teaching Method 2 - Group Project
Description: Students work in groups in tackling problem based learning. They organise their group activities and take a lead in managing their own group work.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Students will need to work outside Module sessions to carry out the work.
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 6

Teaching Method 3 - Lecture
Description: Students are introduced to Environmental Management tools and environmental laws that may help them in dealing with their client's project.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     22



Timetable (if known)     60 mins X 2 totaling 22
    60 mins X 2 totaling 22
Private Study 101


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Project Group Report (Contains portfolio of activities)and should be 4500 words long. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous asse  -4500 words    50       
Client Group Presentation. Individual members within the group are expected to contribute in different ways which may include through research, slide preparations, presentations and interaction with t  Presentation (15-20)    30       
Individual Report  -1500 words    20       

Recommended Texts

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