Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£880 (2019/20)

International fee

£880 (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Start date

May

Location

Online

Online course description

Our level 7 Certificate of Credit in Sustainable Business Management is a 20-credit module providing critical knowledge and understanding of the corporate sustainability challenge facing organisations as well as the skills required to drive the improvement in organisational culture and environmental performance resulting in more sustainable, future-fit businesses.

The module, which has been developed with input from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), is suitable for intending and existing environmental management professionals seeking to expand their knowledge base to include the principles of sustainable business practice. Business managers without a sustainability background or qualification can also benefit from this module.

Whilst this module is an opportunity for environmental practitioners to enhance their CPD and add to their professional portfolio, it is also an excellent opportunity to experience our IEMA-accredited online Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc before making a commitment to study the full programme.

By completing this module, you will be able to critically evaluate the changing role of businesses in a sustainable world, develop programmes to achieve sustainable change and make a business case for financial investment in such programmes. You will also gain a critical understanding of the role of communication, effective stakeholder engagement and reporting in sustainable business management.

Accredited by CIWEM, giving you free student membership

CIWEM Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management logo

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Whilst enrolled on this module you can enjoy free student membership to the CIWEM that allows you to:

The CIWEM will support the development of the skills and qualities that employers are looking for, providing you with opportunities to showcase your talents.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register for graduate membership of CIWEM.

Delivery from experienced academics

We have many years of experience in the delivery of environmental courses online which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our team of tutors, made up of research-active academics and practising sustainability professionals will guide you through the module, providing regular feedback to ensure you stay on track.

You will also have access to a dedicated online learning adviser who will be on hand to support you with pastoral and non-academic matters throughout your studies.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

Stage 1Stage 1

Code: 7EV549

Sustainable Business Management

As a consequence of growing public awareness of the impact of businesses on the environment and the ever increasing body of environmental legislation, there is increasing desire among businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner. This module will provide students with a critical knowledge and understanding of the corporate sustainability challenge facing organisations as well as the skills required to drive the improvement in organisational culture and environmental performance resulting more sustainable, future fit businesses.

The module will be delivered fully online through study materials via the blackboard platform which will include interactive materials, live-classroom sessions, word documents and power point presentations with voiceovers. Tutor support will be provided through the discussion forum, e-mail and personal tutoring as appropriate.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interactions and interdependent nature of business and the environment and the changing role of businesses in a sustainable world
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop programmes to achieve sustainable change and make a business case for financial investment in such programs
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of communication, effective stakeholder engagement and reporting in sustainable business management

Module content

  • Business, development and environment interactions
  • Global mega trends & Sustainable Development risks and opportunities to businesses
  • Fundamental Business and Governance Principles and Issues
  • Effective environmental data management
  • Developing programmes for delivering sustainable solutions
  • Reporting (Green claims, GRI others)
  • Leadership and change for sustainable business practice
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Case for Sustainability
  • Employability Skills
    • Effective Communication and Stakeholder consultation
    • Negotiation - Making environmental business cases
    • Conflict resolution
  • Digital Skills
    • Apply critical criteria to the evaluation of unfamiliar online tools
    • Distinguish between platforms for publishing digital content, recognising the difference between formal publication and information exchange
  • Research Skills
    • Research report and research paper organisation and presentation
More information
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Student wearing headphones at a laptop participating in an online webinar

Discovering Online Learning Webinar, January

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 15.00 - 16.00

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner. The webinar includes a 20 minute presentation and an opportunity to take in a Q&A.

Book your webinarBook your webinar

Entry requirements

You will require a good first degree in a related subject. Applicants with professional qualifications or relevant experience can also apply.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education. 

**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2019 and August 2020.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £880 1 £880

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 1 £905

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply now

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Careers

This Certificate of Credit can act as an ideal CPD for those working in sustainability and environmental management. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to embed sustainability within the value chain of organisations.

Options for further CPD

It is important for environmental professionals and practitioners to stay up to date with the latest trends and developments within the industry through continued professional development.

Those looking to further enhance their CPD within sustainability and environmental management can continue their learning with another one of our Sustainability and Environmental Certificate of Credit stand-alone modules:

Progress onto a masters degree

The 20 credits at level 7 gained from this Certificate of Credit can be transferred as RPL (recognition of prior learning) on to a relevant masters degree, subject to meeting all other admission criteria.

The 20 credits from this stand-alone module can be used towards module exemptions onto our online MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Uche Okere

Dr Uchechukwu Okere
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Environmental Management, Dr Uchechukwu Okere, has previosuly worked with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to deliver professional training courses to environmental professionals in various sectors including oil and gas, maritime and finance in the both the UK and abroad.

View full staff profileView full staff profile

Contact us

Contact the University of Derby Online Learning:

Contact usContact usFrequently asked questionsFrequently asked questions

Additional information about your studies

Download programme specification

You might also like