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Green Consultants

Module titleGreen Consultants
Module codeGEOM148
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Ricardo Safra De Campos (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

With a greater requirement than ever before for businesses to engage with sustainability in every aspect of their vision and operation, the ability for industry to attract staff and customers, 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 help businesses and organisations engage with environmental sustainability in different areas of their work and improve their practice. You will help to introduce strategies to manage resources more effectively, positively affect the environment and articulate sustainability as core value. 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. Here it offers you the opportunity to apply consulting skills in a business setting by working alongside real clients in small teams of trainee consultants 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 identify the potential improvements in sustainability 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 sustainability improvement tools (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. Select and utilise relevant tools for desired outcomes
  • 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. Understand the role of an environmental consultant in work environment
  • 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

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Autumn Term

Application and selection processes

Submission of an application form

3-day training programme in December, including:

  • Consultancy Practice
  • How to be a sustainability consultant
  • Working with a client
  • Project management and working up a project brief.
  • Environmental Assessment – EMS and ISO14001
  • Conducting sustainability assessments
  • Personalised learning for professional skills development
  • Presenting your results and recommendations

Additional training outside of the timetable:

  • Attend Exeter Leaders Award Project Management Workshop
  • Attend Exeter Leaders Award Managing People Workshop
  • Attend Exeter Leaders Award Leadership Workshop

Spring Term

30-hour on-campus project

A 30 hour on-campus project undertaken with the University of Exeter to put into practice what you have learnt during the training. Leading a team of junior consultants you liaise 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 produce a business report and give a formal presentation to the client, as well as completing a reflective development plan on your leadership during the project. Please note these are live projects with time critical and service dependant delivery.

Summer Term


The final part of the programme is a placement. This must be for a minimum of 105 hours, and can be commenced from end of March onwards with 105 hours completed prior to the submission of the written report. . 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. e.g. working with a Charted Surveyor practice to reduce their waste and travel impacts).

The placements will be provided directly by the programme. In some circumstances you will be able to use your newly-acquired skills to source a placement.

Once the placement has been completed you then produce a written report 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

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching20Assessment centre and three-day Green Consultants training programme
Guided independent study30On-campus group projects
Placement/study abroad100Individual internship


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Placement105 hours1-15Physical or virtual

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group final business report602000 words1-4, 8-14Written
Internship Activities Report401000 words maximum10-15Written


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 report1-4, 8-14Case by case basis – normally as soon as is practical
Internship Activities ReportInternship Activities Report10-15Referral/deferral period

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 is neither referable nor deferrable because of the group nature of the work. If you fail or miss through mitigation this assessment, you will be required to submit an analysis of the group final business repor to the Green Consultants management team as necessary.


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


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