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Description

Green Consultants

Module titleGreen Consultants
Module codeGEO2449
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff

Mr Ian Osborne (Lecturer)

Dr Michael Leyshon (Convenor)

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 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 a 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 transferable skill sets required, through a formal learning process and an on-campus work project work 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 a range of degrees and year groups. 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 affect 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 learning 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 outputs
  • 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 the 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 programme’s 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 programme’s trainers

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Autumn Term

Application and selection processes

  • Submission of an application form.
  • Completion and submission of the Team Working Role Model Questionnaire.

Online training programme, 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

Spring Term

35-hour on-campus project

A 35-hour  on-campus project undertaken with the University of Exeter, FXPlus (Falmouth and Exeter estates management service) or  the Students’ Union 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 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 105 hours, and can be commenced from the end of March onwards with 105 hours  completed prior to the submission of the online reflective video (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 with a Chartered Surveyor practice to reduce their waste and travel impacts).

You will be able to use your newly acquired skills to source a placement. This requires you to start to use LinkedIn 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. A limited number of placements may be sourced by the University.

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
2635105

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching24Assessment process and online Green Consultants training programme
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Client and Green Consultants management meetings for project updates and support, internship sourcing
Guided independent study35On-campus group projects
Placement/study abroad105Individual placement

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Application process and Team Working Role Model QuestionnaireApplication form (1500 words) and questionnaire of 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, 7,10-15Written
Group interim project presentation 20 minutes 2-4, 10-15Oral
Placement105 hours10-15Physical or virtual

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
30070

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group final business report302000 words1-4, 7-14Written
Group final client presentation2020 minutes1-4, 7, 10-14Oral
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 action5020 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 report1-4, 7-14Case by case basis – normally as soon as is practical
Group final client presentationIndividual presentation1-4, 7, 10-14Case 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

10/08/2020