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Management of Sustainable Development - Methods and Tools



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SS 2016 - WS 2017/18

Fakultät III

Z 1

Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz

33331500 FG Technologie und Nachhaltigkeit

Finkbeiner, Matthias

Lehmann, Annekatrin

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POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
13960 21925 Management of Sustainable Development - Methods and Tools

Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the module the students: - have knowledge on methods for analyzing and measuring sustainability aspects, thus on implementing sustainable development - are able to choose the appropriate method and tool for measuring sustainability in different situations - understand responsibilities and possible influences of stakeholder, which is relevant for communicating with stakeholders and providing decision support - have knowledge on policies and legal systems in the field of sustainability - are able to scientifically discuss and develop problem-solving strategies (alone and in a team) The module´s qualification profile is: 40% knowledge and understanding, 20% development and design, 20% research and evaluation, 20% application in practice


- Methods and tools for sustainable development, which are addressed in the module are: - footprints (e.g. Ecological Footprint), resource efficiency, Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) - Stakeholder analysis and communication - Regulations and guidelines within the field of sustainability

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Management of Sustainable Development - Methods and Tools - IV 0333 L 402 SS English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Management of Sustainable Development - Methods and Tools - (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Präsenzzeit 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Vor- und Nachbereitung 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
120.0h(~4 LP)

Course-independent workload:

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Erarbeitung von Präsentationen, Gruppen-, bzw. Hausarbeiten 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
Prüfungsvorbereitung 1.0 30.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

This module will be held as weekly integrative course consisting of lectures and seminars. The lectures will transfer knowledge on methods and tools for sustainable development. This knowledge will be optimized and applied in seminars, e.g. solutions for selected issues/questions will be developed and presented to the group in form of presentations (individual and in a team). This module will be hold in English language. It is recommended (but not necessary) to attend the module "Strategies for Sustainable Development in Politics and Economy" prior to this module.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:


Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Oral exam




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Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

Die Anmeldung zur Mündlichen Prüfung erfolgt im zuständigen Prüfungsamt, ggf über die online-Prüfungsanmeldung.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
Bell, S. and S. Morse (2010). Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Immeasurable? London, Washington D.C., earthscan.
DIN-EN-ISO (2010). ISO 26000: Guidance on social responsibility.
Epstein, M. J. (2008). Making Sustainability Work. Sheffield, Greenleaf Publishing.
Guinée, J. (2002). Handbook on Lifecycle Assessment - Operational guide to the ISO Standards., Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Henriques, A. (2010). Corporate Impact - Measuring and Managing your Social footprint. London, Washington D.C., earthscan.
Hunkeler, D., K. Lichtenvort, et al., Eds. (2008). Environmental Life Cycle Costing. Boca Raton, London, New york, CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group, SETAC.
Kuhlen, B. (2005). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Die ethische Verantwortung von Unternehmen für Ökologie, Ökonomie und Soziales. Entwicklung, Initiativen, Berichterstattung, Bewertung. Baden-Baden, Deutscher Wissenschafts-Verlag.
Pezzey, J. C. V. (2004). "Sustainability Policy and Environmental Policy." Scandinavian Journal of Economics 106(2): 339-359
UN-DESA (2007). Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies. New York, United Nations.
UNEP (2009). Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products, SETAC, Branch: Sustainable Consumption & Production.
Zamagni, A., Guinée, J., Heijungs, R. and Masoni, P. (2012). Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis. In M. A. Curran, ed. Life Cycle Assessment Handbook. Cincinnati, OH, USA: Scrivener Publishing, pp. 453–474.

Assigned Degree Programs

This moduleversion is used in the following modulelists:

Masterstudiengang Technischer Umweltschutz Masterstudiengang Regenerative Energiesysteme Doppelmasterstudiengang "Sustainable Manufacturing" Bestandteil der Wahlpflichtliste "Energie- und Umwelt" (RES) Bestandteil der Wahlpflichtliste "Environmental Planing" (UP) Bestandteil der Ergänzungsmodulliste (TUS) Bestandteil des Schwerpunktbereichs „Management of Sustainable Development“ (TUS) Bestandteil des Wahlpflichtbereiches für Studierende des Studiengangs Nachhaltiges Management TUS: Die Belegung dieses Moduls als Ergänzungsmodul und die gleichzeitige Wahl des folgenden Moduls ist wegen Überschneidungen nicht zulässig: Schwerpunktmodul „Management of Sustainable Development“


Zulassungsvoraussetzung ist ein Schein, der durch regelmäßige Teilnahme und einer bestandenen Gruppen- bzw. Hausarbeit erworben wird.