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Environmental Management

Environmental Management

Code: CSR5LH003
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: Semester 3-7
Language: English with possibility to complete assignments and/or exams in Finnish for Finnish speaking students. In case there are no non-Finnish speaking students, the course will be in Finnish.
Level: Professional specialization studies
Type: Optional; recommended to be combined with C –module for Corporate Responsibility

Starting level and linkage with other courses

This course forms part of the C-module for Corporate Responsibility. Approved completion of the introductory course to Corporate Responsibility is a prerequisite for acceptance to this course. The basic course is for example CSR1LH001, ECO1LF001 or CSR1LK001 (Kestävä kehitys ja yhteiskuntavastuu, Yhteiskuntavastuu ja eettinen johtaminen and/or The sustainable global environment)

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands how environmental management forms an integral part of corporate responsibility management
  • understands what environmental management consists of, especially environmental management systems, design for environment and material flow models
  • has the capacity to take part in building an environmental management system or pats thereof in a company
  • has the capacity to analyse and make informed suggestions on environmental design processes and activities
  • is able to participate in designing and performing material flow analyses, such as life cycle analyses or carbon footprints
  • has enough knowledge and skills to participate as an active member in an environmental management team.

Course contents

  • Environmental management
  • Corporate environmental impacts and sustainability
  • Strategic and operative environmental management
  • Integrating environmental management into corporate management systems
  • Specific environmental management systems, such as EMAS, ISO14001 and Green Office
  • Implementation of an environmental management system step-by-step
  • Environmentally conscious design, design for the environment; definitions, tools and techniques
  • An environmental design process
  • An introduction to material flow modeling
  • The basic implementation of material flow modeling; introduction and methodology of for example LCA’s and carbon footprints

Cooperation with the business community

The course is implemented in close cooperation with suitable companies through assignments and/or guest lectures or company visits. The corporate assignments can and will be combined with the other courses in the C-module whenever possible.

Learning and teaching methods

Contact hours: 32 hours
Independent and group work: 48 hours
The assessment of one's own learning 1 hour

The course employs research and development oriented learning. The students will prepare assignments either individually or in teams for the case company. The teacher will support in preparing the development work for the case company according to a determined schedule.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL, in Finnish AHOT)

Accreditation of prior learning is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher responsible

Minna-Maari Harmaala

Course materials

To be announced.

Assessment criteria

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on scale 1 to 5.

Components

1 (40% of objectives)

3 (70% of objectives)

5 (90% of objectives)

 Knowledge

 The student can identify, list and combine the main theoretical environmental management concepts and issues.

 The student can describe the relevant environmental management concepts and apply them to new contexts. The student can link the key theoretical concepts to the practical tasks. The student has an understanding of how environmental management relates to general management and contributes to corporate bottom line performance.

 The student can use and combine different theories to present her own suggestions and models. The student is aware of conflicting views on the topics. The student uses theory and specific terminology accurately. The student has a clear understanding and appreciation of how environmental management fits into the general management framework and how it contributes to corporate profitability.

 Skills

 The student can only with difficulty and under strict supervision contribute as part of a team, in developing corporate environmental management. The student can provide input to green design initiatives only with serious difficulty and omissions. The student can participate in developing environmental management in a corporate setting, for example craft and develop an environmental management system or participate in the annual reporting of environmental responsibility with strict support and supervision.

 The student can, as part of a team, develop corporate environmental management based on general criteria. The student can provide input to green design initiatives with some difficulty. The student can participate in developing environmental management in a corporate setting, for example craft and develop an environmental management system or participate in the annual reporting of environmental responsibility with moderate support and supervision. The student can analyse a company independently and make informed development suggestions.

 The student can provide meaningful environmental management initiatives taking corporate characteristics into account. The student can provide input to green design initiatives. The student can fully participate in developing environmental management in a corporate setting, for example craft and develop an environmental management system or participate in the annual reporting of environmental responsibility with a great degree of independence. The student can act as a team leader if required. The student can make significant contributions to corporate development projects.

 Competence

 The student can partly work with a corporate team given strong support and supervision. The student can only with difficulty apply problem identification, analysis and solving to environmental management issues and projects. The student does not demonstrate aptitude or interest in developing corporate environmental management.

 The student can work with a corporate team given some content and context related support. The student shows moderate independence in her work. The student can apply problem identification, analysis and solving to environmental management issues and projects to an extent. The student demonstrates some aptitude and interest in developing corporate environmental management.

 The student can work very professionally with a corporate team given some content and context related support. The student shows a great degree of independence in her work. The student can skillfully apply problem identification, analysis and solving to environmental management issues and projects to an extent. The student demonstrates great aptitude and interest in developing corporate environmental management.

Assessment components and their respective weights

Performance during contact sessions 20%
Assignments 60%
The assessment of one's own learning assignment does not impact your grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and your answers will be used also for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.