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FD Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

FD Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Foundation Degree

Programme Code

EES-FD-S

UCAS Code

D444

JACS Code

F751 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level:
CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C or OR CD including Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Mathematics Grade C.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level):
BBCC + Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics OR BCCC including at least one from Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics. Note: a minimum of 5 subjects will be required in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at least 4 of which should be at Higher Level.

Internation Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

For students whose first language is not English

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Foundation Degree

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

240

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

South West College

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Kenneth Boyd

Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College, Castle Street, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7JD

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

n/a

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

• The rural sector is currently undergoing a rapid change with the decline in importance and profitability of traditional industries, environmental pressures and new opportunities in diversification activities and technologies such as application of renewable energy, production of energy crops and industrial or business applications
• To take advantage of these changes requires a move in the sector towards environmental and financial sustainabililty
• This programme aims to provide students with technological and business skills that will increasingly be required in the rural sector to meet these challenges and to support growth of the rural economy

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Collect, collate, analyse and interpret data and information e.g. in relation to physical and financial performance for a range of sustainable enterprises. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR2006, FDR1007, FDR2013, FDR2016, FDR2017, FDR1018, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

2. Produce solutions to familiar and novel problems through the application of knowledge and understanding. (FDR1004, FDR2006, FDR1007, FDR2013, FDR2015, FDR2016, FDR2017, FDR1018, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

3. Critically evaluate the impact of local, national and EU policies and legislation impacting on rural and land-based businesses. (FDR1002, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2017, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

4. Plan, design and execute an investigation from the problem recognition stage through to the evaluation of results and findings. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2017, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

5. Assess the impact of recent developments in sustainable technology and practice on rural enterprises. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR1007, FDR2013, FDR2016, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

6. Work competently with figures, including budgets, financial records, cash flow, funding proposals. (FDR1004, FDR1006, FDR2013, FDR2016, FDR2017)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate competence in the following skills:
1. Information technology skills, including word processing, spreadsheet use, database use, and internet use. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

2. Evaluation of qualitative and quantitative data including acquisition, interpretation and critical evaluation of data. (S&E, FDR1004, FDR2015, FDR2010, FDR2013, FDR2018, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

3. Interpersonal skills; the ability to interact professionally with peers, staff and others, including appropriate written and oral skills. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

4. Time management and organisation; ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

5. Information retrieval including through online computer sources and critical appraisal of information and sources. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

6. Study skills for lifelong learning, including independent study. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

7. Career and workplace skills. (FDR2014, FDR2015)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of rural sustainability in local, national and global context; incorporating environmental and agricultural policies, land-based diversification and production and land-based business. (S&E, FDR1007, FDR2013, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen examinations, assignments, class tests.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business principles; business structure and techniques, finance arrangements, budgeting, business development and management. (S&E, FDR1004, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2015)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen examinations, assignments, class tests.

3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of business success, including physical and financial performance of sustainable agricultural systems, supply and management, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2015)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen examinations, assignments, class tests.

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic engineering principles, energy use and efficiency, renewable energy applications and economic, environmental and social impacts of energy use. (FDR1001, FDR1010, FDR1007, FDR2016, FDR2017, FDR1018, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study, practical assessment.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen examinations, assignments, class tests.

5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental management, waste management systems, regulations for waste disposal and waste as a resource. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR1007)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study, practical assessment.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen examinations, assignments, class tests.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate competence in a range of practical and technical business, financial and management skills to determine the profitability and sustainability of rural enterprises. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR1004, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2015, FDR1018)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test.

2. Apply practical and technical skills and knowledge to development, operation and management of diversified rural activities. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR2006, FDR1018, FDR2013,B&BT).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test.

3. Demonstrate competence in a range of practical and technical skills relating to rural sustainability, involving energy efficiency and applications, waste management and diversified activities. (FDR1001, S&E, FDR1007, FDR2006, FDR2013, FDR2016, FDR2017, FDR1018, B&BT)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Renewable Energy Applications

FDR1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Engineering Principles

FDR1010

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Environmental Business Planning

FDR2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business and Management

FDR1004

1

20

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Work Based Learning

FDR2014

2

40

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Improvement Techniques

FDR2015

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economics of Renewable Energy Technology

FDR2016

2

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Energy Assessment

FDR2017

2

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Waste Management

FDR1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Wind Turbine Technology

FDR1018

1

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Sustainability and the Environment

FDR1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Biomass and Biofuels Technology

FDR1019

1

10

6 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Environmental Science

FDR2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Notes

Year 1: Modules FDR1001, FDR1003, FDR1007, FDR1010 and FDR1018 may be offered in alternate years