Green Consultants

Module titleGreen Consultants
Module codeGEO2449
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Michael Leyshon (Convenor)

Mr Ian Osborne (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

3

Number students taking module (anticipated)

40

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

With a greater requirement than ever before to manage resources more efficiently and b sustainability, the ability for industry to remain profitable and still competitively deliver products and services is fast becoming a real challenge. Acting as trainee consultants you will learn how to interact and consult with professionals, and how to influence the management of key resources (such as waste and energy) by conducting audits. You will help to introduce strategies to manage these resources more effectively, increase profitability and positively affect the environment. The module reflects the interdisciplinary nature of research on the campus and is complimentary to a variety of other modules that focus on the environment more widely.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the Green Consultants module is to enable students who have an interest in working in the environment and sustainability sector to develop the technical and transferable skill sets required, through a formal learning process before embarking on work experience with a relevant organisation.  You will gain an invaluable experience of the sector and develop a range of transferable career skills.

Recognised by industry, Green Consultants involves facilitated experiential learning with a multi-disciplinary student body drawn from range of degrees and year groups. Here it offers you the opportunity to apply learnt consulting skills in a business setting by working alongside real clients in small consulting teams to deliver live business outputs on campus. Following on from this you will capitalise on these skills and experiences by undertaking a suitable industry-based placement.

As a trainee consultant you will learn how to carry out audits as well as develop skill sets essential to a behaviour  change agent. Moreover, as this programme is business-orientated, professional, business and commercial awareness skills will also be further developed. Understanding and learning how to effect sustainable change in a business is another key part. The Green Consultants programme provides you with an amazing opportunity to develop your CV and build a greater understanding of this field of work making this a very competitive programme.

The Green Consultants programme is designed to give you:

  • An awareness of application and selection methods for roles in the sector
  • Basic level knowledge on a variety of  audits (these are determined annually by our Industry Advisory Group and some content is available as online learning)
  • Techniques for instigating organisational and behavioural change
  • Skills and knowledge to be effective change agents within organisations
  • An opportunity to apply learned materials in a business setting delivering real tangible outcomes
  • The chance to develop consultancy level skill sets and experiences
  • Increased confidence and effective approaches to operating in a professional context
  • Valuable experience and opportunities within the environment sector
  • Access to a support network of like-minded individuals passionate about creating environmental change

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Consult effectively with a client and develop a project brief
  • 2. Conduct basic level audits
  • 3. Complete an on-campus project delivering live business out-puts
  • 4. Write a professional business report, and deliver a formal presentation of your project findings to senior stakeholders

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Identify and influence organisational and staff drivers
  • 6. Describe the interaction of resources and products and the associated ecological rucksack
  • 7. Apply the waste hierarchy
  • 8. Use behavioural profiling and successfully engage different personality types
  • 9. Explain how cause and effect of business processes impact on the use of resources

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 10. Work confidently with professionals via face-to-face meetings, Skype and e-mail etc. to set up the project, and provide feedback and updates on project progress to the programmes clients and staff via formal meetings
  • 11. Manage time and communicate effectively through having to deal with multiple stakeholders, managers, and the challenges associated with booking meetings and project creep, as well as managing client expectations
  • 12. Work effectively in a team and deal with challenges such as motivation, time management, awareness, communication, responsibility and achievement of project deadlines
  • 13. Act professionally in a business setting via the delivery of formal presentations to senior campus staff and clients and interaction with Green Consultants programme managers
  • 14. Create your own professional network and gain commercial awareness as part of the syllabus, on campus projects and internships
  • 15. Apply valuable insight on the recruitment and selection processes of industry and support in finding placements from the programmes’ trainers

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Autumn Term

Application and selection processes

  • Submission of a CV tailored for the environment / sustainability sector
  • Completion and submission of Team Working Role Model Questionnaire.

3-day training programme in December, including:

  • Consultancy Practice
  • Working with a client
  • Project management and working up a project brief
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Conducting Audits
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Behaviour Change and Change Management
  • Presenting your results and recommendations

Spring Term

35-hour on-campus project

A 5-day on-campus project undertaken with the University of Exeter, FXPlus (Falmouth and Exeter estates management service) or FXU to put into practice what you have learnt during the training. Working in small consultancy project teams you consult directly with a client to develop a project brief, set up and attend management meetings and feedback progress to your clients and the Green Consultants management team. You will also produce a business report and give a formal presentation to the client and senior FXPlus staff and University of Exeter Penryn campus staff. Please note these are live projects with time critical and service dependant delivery.

Summer Term

Placement

The final part of the programme is a placement. This must be for a minimum of three weeks, and can be commenced from end of March onwards with 3 weeks completed prior to the submission of the online video interview (any final year students undertaking this module will need to undertake their placement alongside the on-campus project or over the Easter vacation period).  The placement must have an environmental or sustainability focus. It can include working for a company that has a direct sustainability focus (e.g. The Met Office), or working with a company that has no direct sustainability focus, where you can set up or support a sustainability-related project, (e.g. working in Aldi and improving their packaging recycling programmes or setting up a food waste recycling programme in their canteen).

The placements won’t be provided directly by the programme. This requires you to start to use Linked In and other platforms to look for opportunities, explore the sector and establish professional networks. However, you will have support from a dedicated Green Consultants member of staff throughout this process.

Once the placement has been completed you then produce a reflective assessment on the organisation and their direct or indirect sustainability contribution, detailing your role and the skills / experience you gained from the position.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
2624100

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching24CV, online application and assessment centre
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Client and Green Consultants management meetings for project updates and support, internship sourcing
Guided independent study24On-campus group projects
Placement/study abroad100Individual internship

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
CV, covering Letter and Team Working Role Model QuestionnaireCV – 2 sides A4, covering Letter 1 side A4 and questionnaire no more than 30 minutes8, 12, 15Written
Group project management (Trello)Updated Trello boards reflecting the activity of the group during the On Campus Project1, 3, 10-12, 15Written
Group project brief document2 pages max (using template)1, 5-9Written
Group interim project report1000 words2-4, 10-15Oral
Group interim project presentation 20 minutes2-4, 10-15Oral
Placement3 weeks10-15Physical

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
40060

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group final business report402000 words3-4, 8-9, 12Written
Group final client presentation2020 minutes10, 13Oral
Online video interview reflecting on the placement undertaken, in relation to: Experiences and knowledge gained Insight into the sector and growth of professional network Development of skills and professionalism in the workplace Career planning and future action. 4020 minutes maximum10-15Oral

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group final business reportIndividual analysis of the group final business report3-4, 8-9, 12Case by case basis – normally as soon as is practical
Group final client presentationIndividual presentation10, 13Case by case basis – normally as soon as is practical
Online video interviewOnline video interview10-15Case by case basis – normally as soon as is practical

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to resubmit work as stipulated above. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 40%.

The group final business report and presentation assessments are neither referable nor deferrable because of the group nature of the work. If you fail or miss through mitigation either of these assessments, you will be required to submit an analysis of the group final business report and an individual presentation to the Green Consultants management team as necessary.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The programme has a supporting ELE page offering additional learning as both pre-course reading and materials that support the three day training programme, your interactions with you clients, internship opportunities and recruitment and selection processes of the environmental sector.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Green Consultants, work experience, consultancy, project brief, client, organisational analysis, change management, placement, internship, assessment centre, presenting results and recommendations, consulting, sustainability, environment, behaviour change

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

5

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

18/05/2016

Last revision date

17/09/2019