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This 1-year part-time online course will provide students with a holistic perspective on environmental planning for companies and organisations. The course aims to assist in the development of best practice in environmental management, resource efficiency, sustainable design and technologies. It will raise awareness and facilitate behavioural change to a culture of environmentally sound practices. The course will empower students to incorporate sustainable practices into the daily running of their organisations. It will also take a multidisciplinary approach to the development of contemporary environmental plans for organisations, especially in resource intensive and high risk sectors. Supporting the growth of the green/circular economy through improved sustainability and competitiveness will be a key theme of this course.
The course is delivered in a fully online mode, designed to allow participants to work and study at the same time. Learning content will be delivered through our online learning system Blackboard. The tutors will communicate material through live online tutorials, recorded video tutorials, discussion boards and other interactive online learning methods. Live online tutorials are normally delivered on Saturdays. The course is assessed through continuous assessments.
Graduates may progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NFQ level 8 major award) with credit for their studies. They will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.
• Applicants should have reached the age of 21 years on the 1st of January of the calendar year of entry.
• Applicants should hold the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or an equivalent NFQ Level 7 award, of minimum 90 ECTS credits.
• Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.
• Please see Springboard FAQs for information on candidate eligibility requirements e.g. Residency requirements, English language requirements. An International English Language Testing System(IELTS)/TOEFL certificate is required if English is not your first language to indicate your competency in written and spoken English for the course you are interested in taking.
Due to the limited number of funded places, applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. In line with Springboard guidelines, unwaged applicants are given first preference for funded places on the course.
The course is free to those who fall into the Springboard category of unwaged (unemployed, formerly self-employed or returner.)
Waged individuals pay 10% of the course fee, i.e. €250.
The Corporate Environmental Planning (Specialist Diploma) consists of 6 inter-related taught modules giving a total of 30 ECTS, to allow individuals to up-skill in a highly focused area of interest. See module descriptions below:
This module aims to enhance the learner's understanding and appreciation of environment-related disciplines. It covers facts and attitudes that help the learner to understand and evaluate current environmental issues critically, evaluate technological advances, and put environmental issues into a legal perspective.
Improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprints and energy costs is a priority for many organisations. An Energy Management System (EnMS) can play a lead role in achieving these aims. An EnMS is a process for continually improving energy performance. Suitable for all organisations, whatever the size or sector, it is particularly beneficial in organisations operating energy intensive processes. This module will provide the student with a general introduction to energy, its generation, distribution and usage in industrial and commercial environments and provide a conceptual and technical foundation in energy management. The module will focus on conducting energy audits, creating energy budgets and assessing ISO 50001 requirements.
The Lean Organisation and Technology
The concept of Lean is to provide increased value to the organisation and the customer through eliminating waste in production and operations. Lean can be applied in every commercial and industrial environment as a way of thinking and acting for an entire organisation. This module will provide students with an overview of Lean principles and the 8 wastes or lean defects it deals with: excess processing, overproduction, waiting, inventory, movement, motion and non-utilised talent. This module will focus on contemporary Lean practice, tools for Lean and emerging technologies, and how they can assist in the modern Lean organisation. The module will include the practical application of knowledge and skills through the development of a Lean strategy for the students’ organisations or departments.
Environmental Leadership in Organisations
While environmental protection is a global issue, environmental activities occur at all levels with industrial and commercial environments playing a lead role. This module will explore local and global sustainability issues and their implications for industrial and commercial environments and examine case studies of environmental leadership in practice. The module will provide students with a conceptual and practical foundation in methods of fostering teamwork, leadership and communication for effective environmental leadership in their organisations.
Knowledge of current minimum legal expectations for environmental compliance is fundamental to achieving good environmental management in industrial and commercial environments. This module is aimed at professionals and will provide students with a practical foundation in the principles of compliance and risk management for compliance in Ireland. Topics will include the structure of environmental law in Ireland (EU directives, regulations, licensing etc.), current and future environmental legislative requirements, and how to ensure legal compliance for their organisations.
Environmental Management for Organisations
Drawing on contemporary examples, Environmental Management for Organisations will explore the roots and principles of environmental planning and management in practice, introducing students to a range of conceptual and practical approaches. The module will focus on processes, scale and case studies in environmental management and planning in industrial and commercial organisations and lays a solid foundation for the other modules. Environmental planning and management will be explored in an interdisciplinary context applicable to a variety of backgrounds, such as manufacturing, operations and environmental engineering, environmental and quality science, health and safety, social geography, business and management, regulations and compliance.
An optional module on Professional & Digital Skills (10 credits) will also be offered to Springboard participants.
The Corporate Environmental Planning course is part-time and is delivered in a fully online mode. Course content will be delivered largely through our online learning system Blackboard. The tutors will communicate learning material through live online tutorials, recorded video tutorials, discussion boards and other interactive online learning methods. Online sessions are normally run on Saturdays.
The course is assessed by continuous assessment based on action learning and rooted in the participants' work situation. There are no traditional exams.
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1. Complete the online Springboard application form
2. Upload supporting documentation as listed below. Applications that are missing any required documentation cannot be considered.
• Identification Passport/Drivers License/Birth Cert
• Evidence you satisfy residency requirements https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility
• Proof of academic qualifications. Applicant must provide official results transcripts of their relevant award. Eligibility requirements are an NFQ Level 7 or higher qualification of at least 90 ECTS.
• Proof of Unemployment/Payment from DEASP (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
• Proof of Returner Status (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
• Proof of Employment (IF APPLICABLE)- P60 Form
• Short one-page CV detailing professional experience
• Short personal statement
English language requirements. An International English Language Testing System(IELTS)/TOEFL certificate is required if English is not your first language to indicate your competency in written and spoken English for the course you are interested in taking.