Full Title:Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainability
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ENGR E8021
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Sustainable development implies that humanity has to reorient industrial, business and social practices such that our lifestyle can be made sustainable without endangering the lifestyle of future generations.This requires innovation and entreprenurial activity in product development, manufacturing processes, business operations and human behaviour. Engineers and entrepreneurs enable such innovation. The aim of this module is to facilitate Engineering Entrepreneurship graduates to contribute innovation through professional activity which enhances the quality of the environment and balances economic, environmental and social benefits.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Relate the evolution and interpretation of 'sustainability' and it's associated application and relevance in today's society.
  2. Appraise global, European, Irish and local government policies and initiatives with regards to sustainability and the philosophies underpinning each.
  3. Apply modelling/ forecasting and measuring tools to sustainability and related issues in a bid to benchmark sustainability, inform of possible future trends and highlight critical uncertainties.
  4. Explore opportunities for entreprenurship and innovation arising from sustainability issues and the Green economy.
  5. Assess the viability of proposed engineering enterprise, taking into consideration financial, environmental, political, ethical and social constraints.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
What is 'sustainability'?
Brundtland Commissions definition of sustainability; Triple bottom line of Sustainability; Social sustainability; Environmental sustainability; Economic sustainability;The business case for sustainability;Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Corporate Governance;Earth's resource debate; One Planet living
Appraise global, European, Irish and local government policies
Examples of global sustainability issues (Energy, food, water, health, changing demographics, societal challenges)and related policy; Europe 2020 and associated sustainability flagships; Horizon 2020; Ireland and UK sustainability policy; Local council sustainability policy.
Modelling/ forecasting and appraising sustainability projects
Scenario planning as a forecasting tool; STEEPLE analysis;Sustainability indices and indicators; FTSE 4 Good; Dow Jones Sustainability Index; PriceWaterhouseCoopers Corporate responsibility reporting; ISO 26000; ISO 14000; SIGMA Guide to guidelines and standards/sustainability
Opportunities for entreprenurship and innovation
The growth of The Green Economy; Opportunities within The Green Economy for innovation and entrepreneurship; Enablers and barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship in The Green Economy; Appraisal of business and management techniques/ methodologies designed to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Scenario planning/ forecasting/sustainability modelling 1,2,3,4,5 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project Poster presentation - Sustainable communities 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Other Casestudy - Social responsibility 1,4,5 5.00 0 0 n/a 0
Other Debate - Ethics 1,5 5.00 0 0 n/a 0
Class Test Economic appraisal techniques 1,4,5 5.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture related to course content 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading related to module content 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study related to module content 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Frank Boons 2009, Creating Ecological Value, Edward, Elgar
  • William R Blackburn 2008, The Sustainability Handbook, Earthscan
  • Marc J Epstein 2008, Making sustainability work; Best practices in, Greenleaf Publishing Company
  • Graham Harris 2008, Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity, Earthscan Publications
  • Charles Lockwood et al 2007, Harvard Business Review on Green Strategy, Harvard Business School Publications
  • Chris T Hendrickson; Lester B Lave; H Scott 2009, Environmental Life Cycle assessment of goods and services, Resources for the Future
  • Tim Jackson 2009, Prosperity without growth- Economics for a finite planett, Earthscan Publications [ISBN: 978-1-84971-8]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Michael Common; Sigrid Stagl 2007, Ecological Economics, Cambridge
  • Ferdinand E Banks 2007, The Political Economy of World Energy, World Scientific Publishing Company
  • Andrew J Hoffman 2007, Carbon Strategies, The University of Michigan Press
  • Herbert Girardet 2006, Creating Sustainable Cities (Schumacher Briefing), Schumacher Briefing; 2006
  • Stuart Walker 2006, Sustainable Design, Earthscan Publications
  • TC McAloone 2000, Environmentally Concious Design, Professional Engineering Publications
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Sustainability Journal; Sustainability Institute
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EMENG_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 7 Mandatory
DK_EENTR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Engineering Entrepreneurship 1 Mandatory