Elective courses are not limited to the list below, courses from other specializations will also be considered as electives
This module introduces the principles and methods of life cycle thinking and life-cycle assessment (LCA) with specific reference to agricultural and energy systems using attributional LCA. The module will be based around the ISO 14040 methodology and will involve developing a LCA model common software package such as MS-Excel. It will focus on the four common stages of LCA: (i) definition of the goal and scope, (ii) life cycle inventory analysis, (iii) life cycle impact assessment, and (iv) interpretation with a specific focus on carbon footprint, water footprint, and energy audit. Case studies will consider LCA studies of agricultural systems, energy systems, and selected industrial processes and products.
The objective of this module is to enable learners to develop critical research skills including requisite skills for clear and concise communication of research plans, research progress, and findings to experts in their respective area through more efficient use of software and commonly used resources. Focus is on structured inquiry from experiments and/or data collection and analysis rather than hypothesis or theory to be tested. The module processes will integrate knowledge gained from all other modules in the program to develop the rationale for research, set out research objectives and methods, analyze and interrogate data, and draw validated conclusions.
This course covers the introduction, conceptual and microeconomic foundations of cost-benefit analysis, valuation of costs and benefits across time through discounting, dealing with uncertainty, shadow price of foreign exchange, financial and economic analysis of investment projects, and case studies.
This course covers the abilities to propose, plan, execute and close a project that are essential qualities of every manager. This proposal aims to help the student develop the skill required from every project manager. It will also address common risk management and contingency planning. This should be delivered in accordance with internationally recognized global project management standard bodies such as PMI to aid the students who wish to become certified project managers.
The aim of this course is to help students understand theory and practice for managing innovation and managing green ventures while exercising corporate social responsibility and sustainability within the organization and in the external environment. Students will learn how to initiate, manage and implement a sustainable innovative project by collaboratively working on a venture which will be written up and presented at the end of the semester. The course will cover the management process required to transform an innovative idea into a commercial opportunity or business proposition.