Environmental Science (Waste, Resources and Technology) - Foundation Degree (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Foundation Degree in Environmental Science (Wastes, Resources and Technology)
Environmental Science, including the management of waste and resources,challenges every business, agency and institution. Environmental Science Degree courses that are endorsed and written from an industry perspective are rare. This area of Environmental Science is one of great growth, as awareness of waste disposal and recycling issues grows, the need for people with a blend of science and policy knowledge will also grow. It includes modules on 'Green Energy' sources such as bio-fules, energy from waste and bio-gas generation. These are energy fuels of the future and make the course highly attractive to those wishing to work in the sector. Our Environmental Science Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) programmes in Environmental Science (Wastes and Resources Technology) will develop your critical and informed awareness of contemporary wastes and resources management issues, preparing you for a variety of challenges in this burgeoning field. It has full support from industry, who have been keen to offer practical work based experience of using Environmental Science to manage waste and recycling. A range of transferable skills is also delivered, ideally equipping you to progress your career. As a successful graduate in Environmental Science, you will also have the option of progressing to postgraduate study, or to a teaching qualification here at B&FC.
Course Entry Requirements
Admissions to Level 4 would be on the basis of the applicant possessing: 120 UCAS points, PPP BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3, NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline. Mature students are accepted on an individual basis dependent on prior qualifications and relevant experience.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 48 UCAS points (previously 120) in a relevant discipline. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
Upon completion of this programme you can progress onto the BSc Honours degree, following which successful graduates may then wish to progress onto Level 7 courses or gain employment at a professional level in a number of sector areas.
Modules and Assessment
The ethos of these programmes is to embed skills development in terms of knowledge application, mathematical and practical techniques within all modules at every level and to link with employers to ensure that these skills remain current and relevant to industry. Students will develop a range of analytical and scientific skills and practical techniques of enquiry to enable them to apply knowledge, understanding and skills in the workplace. During the course, students will be given the opportunity to identify and solve problems and will be able to communicate their arguments and analysis in a range of ways to different audiences. Experience derived from links with local employers has been used in the design of the programme and so, wherever possible, assessments will include work-based examples. Transferable and graduate skills promoting Lifelong Learning are a key component of the course and will be developed through Personal Development Planning and in the encouragement of student engagement with professional organisations.
A list of modules you will study along with a description of each one is outlined below:
Academic and Digital Literacy - This module will support the development of your academic and digital literacy skills which are not only the key features of successful undergraduate study but will contribute to your achievements across all other modules in your programme. You will, as you work through the module, be expected to; develop knowledge of digital hardware and software to improve and strengthen your Information, Communication Technology (ICT) computer skills; find, interpret, evaluate, manipulate, share present and record information professionally and ethically. You will also develop critical reading and thinking skills which will be applied to your assessed work in all your modules.
Introduction to the Wastes and Resources Industry - This module is intended to present the students with an introduction to the waste and resource industry. It will examine how the industry evolved over the years in response to government policy, regulation and legislation whilst being comprehensive enough to give the students further knowledge and understanding of the roles of different industries and institutions within the industry which are involved in dealing with waste from production, reduction through to disposal.
Science of Wastes and Resources - Through process development and materials engineering, scientists and engineers are tackling the challenge of returning materials back into the cycle of production. The composition of waste is changing as new materials enter the waste stream. Science can be used in order to change these wastes into valuable resources. Science can also be used to determine the best option for recovering resources such as nutrients and minerals, and recovery of energy through incineration to generate heat and/or electricity, or through anaerobic digestion to create biogas. This module explores the physical, chemical and biological concepts and principles relevant to the study of wastes and resources. Laboratory work will develop skills in collecting, recording and analysing data and conducting and reporting investigations.
Sustainable Resources Management - The module is intended to be comprehensive enough to introduce operational, legislative and environmental aspects of effective facility management while at the same time provide you with essential background information and knowledge of waste arising and the historical perspective of waste generation demonstrating the link with economic conditions and the impact of waste minimisation measures. You will also learn about economic instruments and their role in resource management.
Environmental Protection and Managing Waste - An essential part of this module will be looking at the chemical, physical and biological methods used by industry professionals to monitor the quality of water, air and soil within the management zone around the site and beyond in the wider environment. As part of this process, consideration will be given to sampling methodology, for example semi-continuous and continuous monitoring, remote sensing and electronic monitoring. Practical field and laboratory work will be undertaken in order to demonstrate the variety of equipment used by industry. Data gathered will be analysed in the laboratory and then presented using the most appropriate graphical and statistical means. Interpretation, conclusions and evaluation are then carried out in order for you to present a completed report, which may include recommendations for future action and reporting.
Resources from Wastes - The Government wants the UK to move towards a ‘zero waste economy’. This doesn’t mean that no waste exists - it’s a society where resources are fully valued, financially and environmentally. It means we reduce, reuse and recycle all we can, and throw things away only as a last resort. In this module you will learn how to contribute to a more sustainable economy by building waste reduction into design; encourage a culture of valuing resources; and recognise and act upon potential savings through better resource efficiency and preventing waste, to realise opportunities for growth
Work Based and Placement Learning - This module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work based learning under the direction of an employer and an academic supervisor enabling you to learn and develop in a working environment. The module will provide you with opportunities to develop an understanding of the key factors associated with working in industry and provide a framework for you to evidence key transferable skills gained in the work setting. During your work based learning experience you will be expected to undertake a task or project negotiated between you, your tutor and the employer and set in the context of work and industry.
Environmental Planning, Policy and Law - This module develops understanding of the manner in which policy is made and implemented within the European Union and internationally, and evaluates the agreements, legislation and policies that have been framed. There is a focus on understanding policy formulation, planning processes and implementation in the member states. You will have the opportunity to focus on the UK or other national contexts. You will also be introduced to the basic structure of European and UK law and how this is developed and regulated. You will gain an understanding of the key pieces of European and UK legislation of direct relevance to the waste and resources industry, and their practical implications in everyday waste management.
Biological Treatment Technologies - In this module you will learn that as a result of the Landfill Directive diversion targets and other drivers that the principles of sustainability demand that ‘wastes are treated as a resources’. Advanced Biological Treatment is concerned with the use of relatively new technologies to treat biodegradable wastes using tightly controlled biological processes.The module provides you with essential knowledge of biological and integrated wastes treatment technologies and to introduce you to the terms associated with these. The technologies examined during the module include aerobic digestion (composing techniques); anaerobic digestion; and integrated treatment technologies (systems in general and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) in particular).
Thermal Treatment Technologies - This module provides you with essential knowledge of physical and thermal wastes treatment technologies and to introduce the terms associated with these. The technologies examined during the module include mechanical separation technologies (eg as used in materials recovery facilities); autoclaving technologies; incineration technologies; and advanced thermal treatment.
Managing Environmental Performance in Industry - This module is intended to present the students with an introduction to the principles of environmental performance within industry. It will examine how industry contributes to policy and best practices in dealing with waste, explore how industry complies with legislation and regulation, factors influencing compliance with environmental requirements and the economics of environmental performance. The module will also be comprehensive enough to give the students further knowledge and understanding of the concepts of zero waste, methods of monitoring environmental performance, source reduction and alternative ways of dealing with waste (turning waste into a resource) end of waste criteria.
Managing Risk, Health and Safety in the Wastes Industry - The waste and resources sector comprises a broad range of activities and is a priority industry sector for the Health and Safety Executive given its continued expansion. In this module you will be introduced to the legal and technical aspects of health and safety enforcement and regulatory control mechanisms. Specific case study examples will be used from the wastes and resources sector.
Assessment will vary according to the module focus and outcomes and comprise the following methods:
* case study assignments
* written examinations
* academic posters
The percentage weighting between coursework and examinations for each module is as follows:
Academic and Digital Literacy - coursework 100%
Introduction to the Wastes and Resources Industry - coursework 100%
Science of Wastes and Resources - coursework 50% / examination 50%
Sustainable Resources Management - coursework 100%
Environmental Protection and Managing Waste - coursework 50% / examination 50%
Resources from Wastes - coursework 100%
Work Based and Placement Learning - coursework 100%
Environmental Planning, Policy and Law - coursework 100%
Biological Treatment Technologies - coursework 50% / examination 50%
Thermal Treatment Technologies - coursework 50% / examination 50%
Managing Environmental Performance in Industry - coursework 100%
Managing Risk, Health and Safety in the Wastes Industry - coursework 30% / examination 70%
Teaching and Learning Methods
A range of learning methods comprises lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. There will also be tutorials and group work and you will be expected to prepare and deliver presentations either as part of a group or on an individual basis.
Each module carries 200 learning hours. The number of contact and independent learning hours for each module is detailed below. Independent learning includes individual study/practice utilising a library, online and other available resources; group work (including online); and informal online interaction eg student discussion forums.
Academic and Digital Literacy - Lectures 24 hours / Seminars 10 hours / Group tutorials 6 hours / Workshop/practical 8 hours / Independent learning 152 hours
Introduction to the Wastes and Resources Industry - Lectures 32 hours / Seminars 16 hours / Workshop/practical 16 hours / Field trips/external visits 24 hours / Independent learning 128 hours
Science of Wastes and Resources - Lectures 32 hours / Seminars 16 hours / Workshop/practical 16 hours / Field trips/external visits 20 hours / Independent learning 116 hours
Sustainable Resources Management - Lectures 32 hours / Seminars 10 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 4 hours / Field trips/external visits 10 hours / Independent learning 140 hours
Environmental Protection and Managing Waste - Lectures 32 hours / Seminars 16 hours / Workshop/practical 16 hours / Field trips/external visits 20 hours / Independent learning 116 hours
Resources from Wastes - Lectures 32 hours / Seminars 10 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 6 hours / Field trips/external visits 8 hours / Independent learning 140 hours
Work Based and Placement Learning - Lectures 16 hours / Individual tutorials 16 hours / Workshop/practical 4 hours / Work-based and placement learning 96 hours / Independent learning 72 hours
Environmental Planning, Policy and Law - Lectures 20 hours / Seminars 2 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 8 hours / Field trips/external visits 16 hours / Independent learning 150 hours
Biological Treatment Technologies - Lectures 20 hours / Seminars 2 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 8 hours / Field trips/external visits 16 hours / Independent learning 150 hours
Thermal Treatment Technologies - Lectures 20 hours / Seminars 2 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 8 hours / Field trips/external visits 16 hours / Independent learning 150 hours
Managing Environmental Performance in Industry - Lectures 20 hours / Seminars 2 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 6 hours / Field trips/external visits 16 hours / Independent learning 150 hours
Managing Risk, Health and Safety in the Wastes Industry - Lectures 20 hours / Seminars 2 hours / Group tutorials 4 hours / Workshop/practical 8 hours / Field trips/external visits 16 hours / Independent learning 150 hours
Work Placement and Field Trips
The Work Based and Placement Learning module at Level 5 will provide you with the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 96 hours work placement in an appropriate area. This gives students the opportunity to contextualise their studies in a work environment, making sense of their studies in relation to their professional career.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
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You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
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