Environmental management can be understood as managing our relationship with the environment. For all of us, this relationship is under increasing pressure. Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? The Environmental Management 1 programme is delivered by The Open University UK.
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The Environmental Management 1 programme delivered by The Open University UK , explores the answers to questions like these by introducing ideas, approaches and techniques for environmental management at individual, organisational and community levels. 

Recognising that our understanding of human-environment relations is changing, this module combines conventional with innovative systems approaches to environmental management, including an approach to community participation which is taught through a series of group activities.

By the end of this module you will be able to understand and describe:

  • the relationship between environmental management and sustainable development
  • the ways in which environmental management is framed and its implications for environmental management at domestic, organisational and community levels
  • a range of conventional concepts, approaches and techniques for environmental management
  • a range of systems concepts and techniques for use with complex environmental situations.

You will also be able to demonstrate the:

  • ability to engage with and analyse a range of complex environmental management situations
  • application of appropriate tools and techniques including use of systems diagramming and modelling
  • analysis of multiple perspectives of different stakeholders
  • ability to report on an environmental situation and make initial recommendations
  • ability to work collaboratively as part of a group
  • critical awareness of conventional and systems approaches to environmental management.

Vocational relevance

You will find the module useful if you are, or want to be, engaged in environmental management within an organisation, consultancy or a local community. 

Studying this module can also benefit you in your home, work, or community as it will help you understand and use some conventional ideas and practices for environmental management in a range of situations. 

In addition, the module will extend your knowledge and practical skills by introducing innovative systems approaches to environmental management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module introduces a non-prescriptive framework for environmental management with the following linked ‘learning cycle’ stages:

  • Reflecting – on a variety of environmental management situations
  • Connecting – our perspectives and ideas regarding different aspects of situations
  • Modelling – situations using a variety of conventional and innovative tools and techniques
  • Action – taking action to improve the situation.

The module is presented online in three blocks.

  • Block 1 – Environmental management in domestic contexts
  • Block 2 – Environmental management in organisations
  • Block 3 – Environmental management for groups and communities

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, obtained either through OU level 1, or by doing equivalent work at another university.


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