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HR919 - Environmental Accounting

  • Module code: HR919
  • Module name: Environmental Accounting
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The requirement to provide food for the expanding global population while protecting the resources (land, water, air) that underpin its production has forced governments and policy makers to address the environmental impact of land use. The conflicting need to provide food, fibre and fuel can result in unintended consequences in terms of resource use, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. These problems, and possible solutions, are best understood by quantifying the environmental impact of production. The module examines existing methods of environmental accounting, for example, life cycle assessment, ecological foot printing and carbon foot printing and demonstrates how they can be used to quantify, differentiate and interpret the environmental impacts of agriculture and other lans based systems. The module examines possible solutions and the role of sustainability in the agri-food system.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: understand that land is a limited resource and the requirement to reduce the environmental impact of food production; to appreciate the different approaches to environmental accounting; to produce different forms of environmental accounts; to interpret critically the accounts of others

Timetabled teaching activities

Per module; Lectures 13; Tutorials 10

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR919-10)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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