Singapore University of Social Sciences

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (HFSY357)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Science and Technology

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Science and Technology


A set of international standards is required to bring a world-wide focus to the environment, encouraging a cleaner, safer, healthier world for us all. The existence of the standards allows organizations to focus environmental efforts against an internationally accepted criterion. This course covers environmental systems, environmental audit, environmental management principles, environmental labelling, environmental performance evaluation and life cycle assessment.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • 1) Industrial Pollution; 2) Introduction to ISO 14000 Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • 1) Establishing the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System; 2) Overview of EMS Certification and Maintenance
  • 1) Review of ISO 14000 EMS Audit and Reporting Requirements; 2) On-Site Audit
  • 1) Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); 2) LCA Case Studies
  • 1) Introduction to Sustainable Development (SD) and Industrial Ecology (IE); 2) Industrial Symbiosis (IS) and Design for the Environment and Sustainability (DfES)
  • 1) Introduction Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); 2) SR Opportunities and CSR Audits

Learning Outcome

  • Examine how environmental pollution occurs in an industrial setting.
  • Discuss a “cradle-to-grave” concept based on a powerful life cycle analysis (LCA) tool.
  • Illustrate concepts and purposes of environmental audit.
  • Evaluate environmental pollution of factories using EMS principles.
  • Propose an environmental management system (EMS) using an ISO14000 international standard.
  • Apply sustainable development principles to the triple-bottom line (economic profit, environment, social responsibility).
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