Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management - Learning Outcomes

Educational aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide postgraduate level study of environmental management and related issues
  • provide career and personal development for current and potential professional environmental specialists, as well as for those seeking to develop their general understanding of environmental issues
  • enable you to develop skills in environmental management that can be applied in businesses, commerce, government, communities and other areas of your life.

Learning outcomes

The qualification provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

When you have competed this qualification, you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the concepts of sustainable development and safety health and environmental (SHE) management principles and how they integrate.
  • how perspectives, motivations and traditions affect environmental decision making and environmental responsibility.
  • a wide range of environmental management tools and their use in improving the environmental performance of organisations.

Cognitive skills

When you have completed this qualification, you will be able to:

  • explore environmental issues systematically and systemically.
  • critically evaluate the environmental impacts of organisations, processes and activities.
  • distinguish between and critically examine factors influencing the environmental attitudes and behaviour of individuals and organisations.
  • identify appropriate stakeholders in an environmental situation, assess their relative influences and examine the factors influencing their environmental attitudes and behaviour.

Practical and/or professional skills

When you have completed this qualification, you will be able to:

  • apply environmental management methods to improve the environmental performance of an organisation.
  • develop guidelines for corporate social responsibility and corporate disclosure in an organisation.

Key skills

When you have completed this qualification, you will be able to:

  • effectively communicate in written form ideas and arguments on the environment to lay and expert audiences.
  • use numerical data to make and present quantitative assessments of environmental situations.
  • advance your knowledge and understanding through independent learning and experience.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding are taught through a range of materials provided to you online – original teaching texts, literature sources, video and audio material, computer spreadsheets and case-studies. These will be assessed through the tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessments (EMAs).

Cognitive skills will be taught using bespoke online and print materials, examples from the literature and cases studies from industry, commerce and the third sector.

Summative assessment will be through the TMAs and EMAs and formative self-assessment will be provided through activities, examples and self-assessment questions (SAQs).

Key skills are taught by the study materials and case study examples, SAQs and activities, with support from TMA tutor feedback. They are assessed through TMAs and EMAs, and completion of learning journals.

Practical and professional skills are taught and assessed through the TMAs and EMAs. The EMAs will play a key part in integrating all these skills.

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