APG5434 - Sustainability measurement - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Human Geography


Shalini Samuel

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Evening)


As the sustainability agenda deepens, the public and private sectors face growing demands for accountability. This unit extends upon APG5433 and provides students with an overview of sustainability from an applied perspective, with a particular focus on effective measurement. Students examine i) how environmental and social performance interact with financial processes and measurement ii) steps, principles, tools and methodologies and their practical application when accounting for sustainability and its three capital stocks. This includes the how, what, when, where and why of measuring, monitoring, evaluating and reporting relevant sustainability related information.


Upon completing this Unit students will be able to demonstrate:

1)an understanding why effective measurement is critical in driving the sustainability agenda and support business cases,

2)develop measurement strategies and indicators,

3)select the most appropriate measurement tools for a given situation, and

4)critical insight into how leading organisations are measuring sustainability.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Corporate environmental and sustainability management