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Module Code: LAN104
Module Title: Communication, Business and the Environment
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English Language
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module will enable students to understand global issues and how these affect their everyday lives. Students will learn how to analyse important current issues from the combined perspective of economy and business, the environment and environmental quality, and society, as reflected in the way we communicate.

This module has been developed to provide an optional module in the second semester of a new and alternative pathway for those students who have demonstrated sufficiently high English language ability to opt out of a year-long 10 credit EAP module, or who are direct entry Year 2 students or equivalent. In Semester 1 these students will have taken a 5 credit Advanced Academic Skills module.

This module will be jointly delivered by the Language Centre, the Department of Environmental Science and IBSS. Language Centre tutors will be responsible for delivering 50% of the contact hours and the remainder will typically be divided into 25% delivered by Environmental Science and 25% by the International Business School Suzhou. Language Centre tutors will attend all the lectures. The Module Convenor will come from the Language Centre and supporting convenors will be identified for Environmental Science and IBSS. The module will be situated in the Language Centre for administrative purposes. A departmental-neutral module code is requested as giving the module an EAP code could be misleading.

This module is designed to give students an enriching experience of input from two different Departments approaching the same topic from different perspectives as well as having their academic, analytical and language skills developed around those same topics by the Language Centre.

Learning outcomes 
A. Make connections about topics which involve the consequences of resourcelimitation and the multi-dimensional nature of sustainability (written and spoken expressions of knowledge).

B Write effectively on one of the topics of the module, including a literature review and taking a stance, consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (writing).

C Demonstrate the ability to find study materials from a range of university resources to build upon topic knowledge derived from lectures and classroom input and will be able to evaluate them for relevance and applicability (research).

D Produce work consistent with the academic integrity policies of XJTLU (academic integrity).

E Give a presentation and follow this with participation in a debate and/or discussion. Student speaking skills will be consistent with the achievement of CEFR high B2 (speaking).

Method of teaching and learning 
The module will consist of 3*4-week strands (see syllabus topics below). For each four-week period, lessons will typically consist of the following:

Lesson 1 – Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)

Lesson 2 – Seminar: Reading, research and analysis

Lesson 3 – Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)

Lesson 4 – Seminar: Critical approaches to input / analysis and evaluation / speaking activities

Lesson 5 - Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)

Lesson 6 - Seminar: Reading, research and analysis of input: from listening and reading to writing

Lesson 7 - Lecture: Presentation / input (delivered by a member of the relevant academic department, for example, Health and Environmental Sciences and/or IBSS)

Lesson 8 - Seminar: Presentation / debates / speaking activities

Plus 1 week of speaking assessment.

Business and Environment topics (to be delivered by members of the relevant academic departments)

General topics – note, each general topic will be illustrated via discussion of one or more current issues, and current issues will change according to issue immediacy and timeliness (examples below):

- World in Crisis: Environmental and economic challenges in a resource-limited world and the multi-dimensional framework of sustainability (economic, social, environmental, and political dimensions)

- Web of Relationships: Interactions between business, the environment, and society and rationales and critiques of trends in Corporate Social Responsibility, environmental quality, and Environmental Management

- The Way Forward – Bottom lines, solutions to environmental problems, eco-innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship

Examples of current issues: Costs incurred by rapidly increasing cancer risks from air pollution; challenges with green urbanization and environmental quality in China; growing pressure for businesses to undertake social and environmental responsibility while maintaining profit; economic drivers and environmental effects of growth, including economic and population growth; food safety, loss of diversity and indirect costs; environmental and economic impacts of rising sea levels.

Critical Thinking topics (delivered by LC tutors)

- Synthesizing business and science perspectives on environmental issues

- Understanding research and empirical data and analysing perspectives and different points of view

- Evaluating key issues and concepts

- Reasoning

- Forming opinions and presenting and defending key arguments

- Supporting arguments with empirical data

- Turning research into writing and academic presentation

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  26        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Speaking 30.00
2 Writing Coursework 60.00
3 In-Class Participation Portfolio 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/3/2020 12:42:11 AM