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Diploma in Sustainable Development

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Sustainable development is a type of economic growth pattern where the use of resources meets the needs of the human population while conserving the environment at the same time. Sustainable development means resources are used in such a way that both current and future human needs can be met. This free online Diploma in Sustainable Development reviews a diverse range of topics including what exactly sustainability is and what systems of practice are most commonly used, and in particular, examines the importance of sustainable development in counteracting global climate change. Two very important issues in sustainable development are energy sources that meet current and future demands, and water conservation. The course reviews both non-renewable and renewable energy sources and examines how current and future demands for energy can be met for a growing global population. Water is a vital resource for all countries and the course reviews how supply and demand for water by industry, agriculture and people can be met. This course will be of great interest to all professionals interested in international development, and in the sustainability and environmental sectors who would like to learn more about global sustainable development. It will also be of interest to the general learner who is interested in how current and future demands for the earth's resources by a growing human population can be met.

  • Learning outcomes:
    - Understand what is meant by sustainable development;
    - Learn about systems practise used in sustainable development;
    - Understand the role of sustainability in global climate change;
    - Learn about non-renewable energy sources;
    - Understand the role of renewable energy sources in sustainability;
    - Learn about water conservation and the protection of water resources;

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Diploma in Sustainable Development
  • Free

  • 10-15 Hours

  • OpenLearn

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 250 Pts

Modules List( 27 )
  • Module
    What is Sustainability?
    • In this module you will be introduced to sustainability and its importance.
    • What is sustainability?
    • Systems and hierarchies
    • Predictions
    • Historical events in sustainable development
    • Beliefs about sustainable development - Part 1
    • Beliefs about sustainable development - Part 2
  • Module
    Systems Practise in Sustainable Development
    • This module discusses systems practise in sustainable development.
    • Introduction
    • Limits to growth
    • Tragedy of the commons
    • The developing world
    • Managing systems practise in sustainable development
    • Learning from Brent Spar
  • Module
    Sustainable Businesses
    • This module will review how businesses can practise sustainability and still be successful.
    • Sustainability as a Business Objective
    • Mapping the Waste-Reduction Process
    • The Waste-Reduction Team
    • Motivating the Team
    • Reduce Water Use
    • Reduce Packaging
    • Reuse, Remanufacturing and Recycling
  • Module
    Case Studies in Sustainability
    • This module reviews case studies in sustainability.
    • Ecological footprinting from a Scottish perspective
    • Recycling food production and fishing in Scotland
    • Nature and culture in Scotland
    • Understanding waste in China
    • Street recycling in China
  • Module
    Energy and Sustainability
    • This module is an introduction to energy and sustainability.
    • Sources of energy and their environmental impact
    • Definitions of energy sustainability and the future
    • Fossil fuels and nuclear energy
    • Bioenergy and hydroelectricity
    • Renewable energy sources - Part 1
    • Renewable energy sources - Part 2
    • Energy services and efficiency improvements
    • Energy in a sustainable future
  • Module
    Global Climate Change
    • The role of sustainability in slowing or preventing global climate change is reviewed in this module.
    • The Importance of the Sun
    • Natural Greenhouse Gases
    • Energy Flows within the Atmosphere
    • Impact of the Industrial Age
    • Records of the Earths Temperature
    • Temperature Changes over the Millennium
    • Global Warming- Warning Signs
  • Module
    Introduction Sustainability Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Sustainable Development Assessment
  • Module
    Module 8: Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
    • This module introduces non-renewable energy sources.
    • Introduction to Non-Renewable Energy Sources
    • Coal Mining and Coal Types
    • Oil Drilling and Refining
    • Oil Shale and Tar Sands
    • Nuclear Power
  • Module
    Module 9: Petroleum and Gas
    • The energy sources petroleum and gas are reviewed in this module.
    • Introduction to Petroleum
    • Petroleum Extraction
    • Petroleum Refining
    • Purification Methods
    • Petroleum Fuel Products
    • Other Petroleum Products
    • Introduction to Natural Gas
    • Classification of Natural Gas
    • Natural Gas Usage
  • Module
    Module 10: Energy from Coal
    • Coal energy is reviewed in this module.
    • The Origins of Coal
    • How Coal is Formed
    • Exploring for Coal
    • Modern Coal Mining Methods
    • Environmental Impact of Coal Mining
    • Global Coal Reserves
    • Case Study - UK Coal Production
  • Module
    Module 11: Energy from Nuclear Power
    • Energy from nuclear power is reviewed in this module.
    • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
    • Energy from Nuclear Fission
    • Nuclear Reactors
    • Nuclear Reactor Safety
    • Radioactive Wastes
    • Uranium Ore Deposits
    • Uranium Production
  • Module
    Module 12: Introduction to Renewable Energy Sources
    • Renewable energy sources are introduced in this module.
    • Renewable Energy Sources - Introduction
    • Passive and Active Solar Energy Systems
    • Costs Associated with Solar Energy
    • Environmental Effects of Hydroelectric Schemes
    • Biomass - Its Sources and Environmental Effects
  • Module
    Module 13: Wind and Solar Power
    • This module discusses wind and solar power as sources of renewable energy.
    • Introduction to Wind Energy
    • Wind Power Generation
    • Types of Wind Turbines
    • Wind Farms
    • The Future of Wind Energy
    • Introduction to Solar Energy
    • Insolation - Direct Sunlight
    • Passive and Active Solar Heating
    • Photovoltaic Conversion of Solar Energy
    • The Future of Solar Energy
  • Module
    Module 14 Geothermal and Water-derived Energy
    • Geothermal and water-derived energy sources are reviewed in this module.
    • Wave Energy
    • Tidal Energy
    • Hydroelectric Energy
    • Types of Turbine Design
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Heat Conduction
    • Assessing Geothermal Potential
    • Geothermal Turbines
    • Direct Heating Using Geothermal Energy
    • Future of Geothermal Energy
  • Module
    Module 15: Energy from Biofuels
    • Renewable energy from biofuels are reviewed in this module.
    • Introduction to Biofuels
    • Photosynthesis - The Link bewteen Energy and Biofuels
    • Wood and Grasses as Biofuels
    • Types of Grasses
    • Transport Biofuels
    • Potential of Biofuels - Audio
    • Use of Biofuels in the UK - Video and Audio
    • Biofuels - Some of the Issues
  • Module 16: Energy and Sustainability Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Energy and Sustainability Assessment
  • Module
    Module 17: Water and Its Uses
    • This module introduces water and its uses.
    • Introduction to Water
    • Characteristics of Water
    • Agricultural Water Use
    • Domestic and Industrial Water Use
    • Control of Water Resources
  • Module
    Module 18: The Hydrological Cycle
    • This module reviews the hydrological cycle.
    • Introduction to the Hydrological Cycle
    • Evaporation, Transpiration and Condensation
    • Air Circulation, Precipitation and Infiltration
    • Surface Run-off and Percolation
    • Aquifers and Water Storage
  • Module
    Module 19: Groundwater and Surface Water
    • The importance and roles of groundwater and surface water are discussed in this module.
    • Water Infiltration
    • The Water Table
    • Groundwater Movement
    • Porosity and Permeability
    • Aquifers
    • Types of Aquifers
    • Reservoirs
    • Environmental Effects of Reservoir Construction
  • Module
    Module 20: Water Treatment
    • This module reviews methods and techniques used in water treatment.
    • Introduction to Water Treatment
    • Water Treatment Video
    • Preliminary Water Treatment
    • Coagulation and Flocculation
    • Sedimentation and Flotation
    • Filtration Methods
    • Membrane Filtration
    • Disinfection Methods
  • Module
    Module 21: Water and Human Health
    • This module discusses why clean water supplies are vital for human health.
    • Freshwater Distribution and Usage
    • Water Pollution
    • Levels of Toxic Substances in Water
    • Bioaccumulation of Toxic Substances
    • Bioaccumulation of Mercury
    • Nitrogen - A Developing Threat to Health
    • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Module
    Module 22: Water Distribution Network
    • This module reviews how water is distributed from its source to the end user.
    • Main Components of a Water Distribution Network
    • Service Reservoirs
    • Distribution Systems
    • Materials Used for Transmission Mains
  • Module
    Module 23: Water Resource Management
    • Water is a precious resource and this module looks at its management.
    • Water Transfer
    • Conjunctive Use of Water Resources
    • Conjunctive Use of Water Resources: Case Studies
    • Water Conservation
    • Water Desalination
    • Rain-making
  • Module
    Module 24: Water Supply in Britain
    • This module examines how water is supplied to millions of end users around Britain.
    • Water Abstraction
    • Water Supply in Britain
    • Predicting Demand
    • Water Metering
    • Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
    • Climate Change Affects Planning for Water Resources
    • Future Supply
  • Module
    Module 25: Case Study - Eutrophication
    • This case study reviews eutrophication and its effects on water quality.
    • Introduction to Eutrophication
    • Natural and Human-Induced Eutrophication
    • Agents of Eutrophication
    • Anthropogenic Sources of Nutrients
    • Effects of Eutrophication
    • Managing Eutrophication
    • Reducing the Nutrient Source
    • Reducing Nutrient Availability
  • Module 26: The Future of Global Water Supplies Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Water Resources Management Assessment
  • Module 27: Diploma in Sustainable Development Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Sustainable Development Assessment
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