MSc, Graduate Diploma & Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: January (Semester 2)

BSEN40210 Green Technology Project


This module is for students in Semester 2 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course and other courses at UCD.

What will I study?

This module will introduce and critically assess the concept of "green technology". During the module you will consider what makes a technology "green", the importance of the bio-economy and issues of sustainability and social justice. In addition to technical knowledge, the module will address critical assessment of literature, the definition of design criteria and the formation of opinions.

During the module you will use the knowledge you acquire, combined with critical thinking to prepare a review of a "green technology" that will address why it is "green", the evidence to support such claims, its contribution to sustainability and the opinion you will form of the technology over the 12 weeks of the module.

How will I study?

The Green Technology module will include:
  • Introduction of concepts through online learning environment: interactive learning materials, video, linked documents and public domain information.
  • Formative assessments will be used to help you develop and critically assess your own understanding of the concept of green technology.
  • A moderated discussion board to allow module participants to propose, discuss and challenge the key concepts important to the module including “greenness”, sustainability, bio-economy, social justice, design, critical thinking and the formation of opinions.
  • An individual project detailing the case for a given green technology. Each participant will select a technology to work with during the module.

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): 24 hours
  • Formative assessments (throughout the semester): 12 hours
  • Moderated discussion: 12 hours
  • Assessments for grade, including a written project: 24 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 48 hours

How will I be assessed?

In-semester assessment: 100%
  • Weekly reflectively diary (20%)
  • Quick online tests (X2) addressing major concepts (10%)
  • Discussion contributions (10%)
  • Project report (60%)

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

At the end of the course students will be able to:
  • Define and analyse a green technology in terms of its design, contribution to sustainability and role in the bio-economy
  • Synthesize evidence from academic and non-academic sources to evaluate a green technology
  • Formulate, explain and defend an opinion on the bio-economy, sustainability and a green technology

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Some level of technical knowledge related to environmental science, environmental management, environmental technology or environmental engineering is desirable.