Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 09/09/2014 (Semester 1)

ENVB4XXX Environmental Legislation


This module is for students in Semester 1 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course. This module will be available from September 2014.

What will I study?

This module will cover key legislation relating particularly to environmental (including biodiversity) protection and climate change at European level with reference to some outside this area. Information on international conventions and treaties will be covered. The aim is to:
  • To provide the student with a general knowledge on environmental legislation at European level.
  • To provide the student with the necessary legal knowledge in the environmental area to permit them to give advice on certain case studies.
  • To make the student aware of the importance of developing and implementing environmental legislation, particularly regarding climate change and human health and environmental protection.
  • To familiarise the student with Irish environmental legislation, with emphasis on the transposed directives from European legislation.

How will I study?

Lectures will be delivered over a 12-week period through the online learning environment. A moderated discussion board will be used to allow module participants to discuss the lecture content and this will be complimented by online tutorials.

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. Students are expected to spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:
  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 12 hours
  • Online tests and other exercises (throughout the semester): 6 hours
  • Moderated discussion: 6 hours
  • Reports (2): 40 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 50 hours

Formative assessments will enable students to gauge their progress and level of understanding of the material presented.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment: 100%
  • Online tests and other exercises (10%)
  • Discussion contributions (20%)
  • Project reports (2) based on information sourcing and case studies (70%).

On successful completion of this module I will

  • have acquired knowledge of basic requirements of legislation and policy discussed.
  • have sufficient knowledge to advise on compliance with the requirement of key legislation and policy.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for this module.