GBM701 - Development Theory and Sustainability Models

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Subject Title
Development Theory and Sustainability Models

Subject Description
Students explore the relationship between productivity and the environment. This course adds a global dimension to a student's repertoire of sustainable development management tools. Students examine the economic and environmental trends, global environmental concerns and environmental management trends that drive sustainability in business. While considering the impact of globalisation, students research business management tools that support global leadership in achieving sustainable business goals, such as performance measurement evaluators. Students analyze differences between traditional economic models and current models of sustainability. Students develop and utilize assessment and measurement tools that enable sustainable business practice recommendations.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand, appreciate and be conversant on the concept of global environmental sustainability.
  2. Analyze and explain commonly used terms such as greening, eco-footprint and sustainability and their role in contemporary community, place of business, public forum, etc.
  3. Critically describe the strengths and weaknesses inherent in the concept and practice of sustainability.
  4. Prepare, implement and defend a performance-based measuring process for achieving sustainability at the personal, corporate, neighbourhood, city, national and international level.
  5. Design a corporate ecological vision and mission statement that demonstrates corporate social responsibility for an existing business.
  6. Critique companies that have integrated and incorporated energy conservation and sustainability into their corporate agenda.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.