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AR50411: Sustainable business practices

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To enable students to understand the concept of sustainable business practices in construction organisations.
To enable students to appreciate the role of the construction manager and the implications on all stakeholders of introducing sustainable business practices.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the unit students will be able to:
* Appreciate the importance of sustainable business practices to the success of a construction organisation
* Understand the concept of sustainable business practices
* Realise the extent of the role of the manager when introducing sustainable business practices
* Understand the implications of sustainable business practices on the whole range of stakeholders
* Appreciate the strategies available for overcoming difficulties with implementing sustainable business practices
* Understand metrics and systems for monitoring performance of sustainable business practices
* Appreciate the role played by sustainable business practices in developing a culture of continuous improvement within organisations.

Problem solving, communication skills, time management.

The study materials are divided into the following sections:
* The history of business
* Concepts of sustainable business practices
* The business case for sustainable business practices
* Natural capitalism and imitating nature
* The firm: benefits, threats and tools
* Developing challenges
* Stakeholder interaction
* Implementing sustainable business practices
* Accounting for sustainable business practices
* Regulating for sustainable business practices.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50411 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.