Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Resource and Environmental Management at Operational Level

Degree programme Environment and Engineering
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Resource and Environmental Management at Operational Level
Course unit code 086011050505
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s)
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to corporate environmental and resource management systems:

  •     Qualitative and quantitative presentation and recording of all relevant material and goods flows: Control, optimisation Creation of scenarios: e.g. identification of redundant flows
  •     Basic knowledge of resource logistics and resource efficiency: cost savings coupled with environmental protection
  •     Detailed presentation of the environmental management system - method including case studies
  •     Presentation and critical examination of further concepts: certificates and labels, cleaner production, clean tech, eco-labels, eco-profit, etc.
Learning outcomes

The course provides knowledge of corporate environmental and resource management.

The students

  •     have an overview and understanding of resource cycles in companies
  •     can help develop resource budget concepts for companies
  •     have the ability to prepare and maintain an environmental management system (EMS) on the part of the company
  •     know the environmentally relevant laws for companies
  •     can write sustainability reports

The socio-economic as well as ecological character of the topic of environmental and resource management together with the processing of corresponding questions in small groups lead to the promotion of communication competence, self-competence and social competence.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  •     Lecture
  •     exercises
  •     Case studies
Assessment methods and criteria

Final written or oral examination



Recommended or required reading
  •  Brauweiler, Jana; Hoffmann, Anke Zenker; Will, Markus (2018): Environmental management systems according to ISO 14001: Basic knowledge for practitioners. 2nd ed. Gabler Verlag (= essentials, Management & HR). Online on the Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-20275-0 (Access on: 03.07.2020).
  •  Förtsch, Gabi; Meinholz, Heinz (2018): Handbook on Corporate Environmental Management. 3rd ed. Springer Vieweg. Online on the Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-19151-1 (accessed on: 03.07.2020).
  •  Günther, Edeltraud; Schrack, Daniela (2018): Resource management: Sustainable management of natural capital in companies. 1st edition. Munich: UVK Lucius (= UTB).
  •  Haas, Hans-Dieter; Schlesinger, Dieter Matthew (2016): Environmental economics and resource management. Special edition. Darmstadt: WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft) (= Geowissen kompakt).
  • Ren, Jingzheng; Toniolo, Sara (eds.) (2019): Life cycle sustainability assessment for decision-making: methodologies and case studies. 1st ed. Cambridge: Elsevier. Online on the Internet: URL:
  •  bit management Beratung GmbH (no year): ÖKOPROFIT. Online on the Internet: URL: (accessed on: 03.07.2020).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

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