Sustainable Development 15 Credits at SCQF level 11

Sustainable Development [SUM304]

1. Overview

You will gain an overview and critical understanding of the issues and challenges involved in developing and enhancing the built environment with responsibility to the local and global environment, society and communities.

2. What you will study

  • Definitions, concepts and philosophy of sustainability.
  • Factors affecting human settlement, climate, microclimate, topography, infrastructure.
  • Buildings in time and place, urban and rural contexts.
  • Human factors such as health, social interaction and comfort.
  • Resource and energy conservation, waste management, environmental and social impact
  • Tools for assessing sustainability

3. How you will learn

Learning will take place through the University virtual campus with a mix of online lectures, tutorials and self guided study. Each topic within the Module will have a number of self required and obligatory activities aimed at emphasising the learning. You’re also required to contribute to a number of discussion forums on particular subject matter and case studies.

4. Entry Requirements

A good honours degree and/or previous experience.

5. How to apply

For general enquiries please call 01224 262209 or email

To apply for the course, complete the Professional Development @RGU Application Form

Admissions Policy

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

6. Prospects

At the end of this module you will have the ability to understand the principles, issues and technologies involved in the development and design of a built environment which is responsive to the needs of communities and the environment. You will also be able to critically evaluate environmental and socially responsible design in a holistic and integrated way.

7. Assessment

The module will be assessed by one main piece of coursework and a number of specified activities.

8. Fees and Payment Options


The fee for this course is £1300.

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15 Credits at SCQF level 11

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Course Length

15 weeks including delivery and assessment

Mode of Attendance

Online distance learning & campus

Academic School
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
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