THE PROGRAMME

Outlines of Modules

The outlines for the Core Modules on the MEM programme are presented below. In each case, the name of the teaching faculty is (are) indicated first.

BL 5102 Environmental Science

Prof Chou Loke Ming (Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science)

The module discusses earth's environmental dimensions of air, water and land, and the interaction between living and non-living components. Earth is considered as a system through which materials are continuously cycled. Impacts caused by natural or human influences affect the state of balance, leading to environmental problems, with human impacts causing more serious consequences to the environment and human society. The module covers the properties of air, water and land, ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem integrity and environmental capacity, pollution pathways and impacts, conservation science, integrated management approaches. The scientific basis of environmental management is stressed.

ESE5901 Environmental Technology

Dr Pranav Joshi (Part-Time lecturer)

This module focuses on the application of physical and chemical principles and design of engineered systems for the improvement and management of air, water, and land resources. Topics covered include causes and effects of environmental pollution, environmental regulatory standards, water and wastewater treatment, sludge and solid waste treatment, and air pollution control technologies. In addition to end-of-pipe treatment technologies, pollution prevention strategies and waste minimisation techniques are discussed. Case studies are presented to illustrate how to reduce the generation of waste and to recover wastes once generated.

LX 5103 Environmental Law

Assoc Prof Lye Lin Heng (Faculty of Law)
Prof Koh Kheng Lian (Faculty of Law)
Assoc Prof Robert C Beckman (Faculty of Law)
Prof Tan Khee Jin, Alan (Faculty of Law)
Assoc Prof Michael Ewing-Chow (Faculty of Law)
Assoc Prof Burton Ong Tze Ern (Faculty of Law)

Asst Prof Lim Lei Theng (Faculty of Law)

This module is aimed at giving students an overview of environmental law and its development, including the legal and administrative structures for their implementation, from the international, regional and national perspectives. It focuses on basic pollution laws relating to air, water, waste, hazardous substances and noise; nature conservation laws and laws governing environmental impact assessments. Singapore's laws and the laws of selected ASEAN countries are examined.

PP5414 Foundations of Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics

Assoc Prof Jesuthason Thampapillai (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)

This module provides a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of standard environmental economics: the economics of pollution control; the application of cost-benefit analysis to the environment; valuation of non-market goods; discounting and the environment; and the economics of sustainable development. Apart from presenting a through and coherent review and discussion of the theory of environmental economics, applications to policy issues in environmental management and the political economy of environmental regulation are also covered. Real issues, case studies and analyses of environmental problems are discussed.

DE 5107 Environmental Planning

Dr Lai-Choo Malone-Lee (Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment)

This module introduces students to the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental planning, by exploring the basic principles of sustainable development and the physical planning instruments that can be employed to achieve it. The module includes an introduction to urban and regional planning theory as the framework for the discussion of environmental planning procedures. The decision environment involving the policy framework and resources, the use of strategic, sectoral, master and local plans, regulatory instruments, economic measures, participatory processes and public investment projects are covered. Processes of identifying desired developments and intensities, site selection, planning, design and construction management, mitigation and augmentation of environmental impacts are discussed. The module includes a planning project, that demonstrates the technical, decision-making and plan formulation, site planning and design procedures involved.

DE 5106 Environmental Management and Assessment

Mr Rick Reidinger (Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Design and Environment, Dean's Office)
Mr Christian Bustamante (Part-Time Lecturer)
Ms Caroline Jane Johnson (Part-Time Lecturer)

Mr Nils Steinbrecher (Part-Time Lecturer)

The module provides an introduction to environmental management, to the systems and approaches used to meet the challenges of natural resource protection and conservation and the contributions that can be made to the sustainable development agenda. It gives students an insight into the prediction of development impacts using assessment procedures designed to meet mandatory legal requirements. The module includes assessment methodologies used in predicting impacts and in the design of mitigation measures, and monitoring and audit processes. It compares environmental management and assessment systems used in practice through case study research.

BX 5101 Business and Environment

Prof Marian R. Chertow (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University)
Dr Kua Harn Wei (Department of Building, School of Design and Environment)
Mr Rick Reidinger (Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Design and Environment, Dean’s Office)

During the 1990s there was optimism that the relationship between business and the environment would move beyond the legal one of assuring compliance to a fuller integration with business practice. Many environmental thinkers advanced a vision of "sustainable business" launched from greater acceptance of "sustainable development". This module explores the interface of environment and business in several ways including examining existing and future-oriented programs, structures, and tools of environmental management, drawing from knowledge of environmental management systems and industrial ecology; applying tools from financial analysis and accounting to environmental decision-making; and investigating ways in which environmental management can create competitive advantage and by analyzing under what circumstances different competitive approaches are likely to be successful. The module combines lectures and class discussions on theory with field trips, exercises, and preparation of case studies.