Environmental issues and legistlation

Environmental issues and legistlation. Environmental issues and legistlation. EGTM79          Course Assessment: Part 1              2015/16


Using what you have learnt within the module,
discuss one or more lectures given at the Disruptive Innovation Festival


  1. Introduction

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event held from the 2-22 November.


The DIF brings together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to discuss how we can move to a Circular Economy. Examples of some of the broad themes that encompass this are:




  1. Assignment Brief

The overall objective of the assignment is to use what you have learnt within the module to discuss one or more lectures given at the Disruptive Innovation Festival.


To do this you will need to complete the following tasks:

  1. Sign up to the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) https://www.thinkdif.co/.
  2. Go to your Campsite page, click on “Do you have a university referral code?” and enter the following code in the appropriate box: DIFSwansea2015
  3. Decide which presentation you want to attend.

Note: If you have difficulty attending a DIF 2015 presentation, you can attend a DIF 2014 presentation which are archived on the same website, or, alternatively you can discuss an industry case study on the circular economy.

  1. Research that presentation.
  2. Attend the presentation.
  3. If possible ask the presenter a question.
  4. Discuss the presentation in terms of what we have been through in the module.


This assignment will form the first part of the course assessment for this module. You should submit this report electronically via the Blackboard site. The deadline for the report is 3pm, 23rd November 2015.


  • Strict word limit of 2,500 – 3,500 words, not including bibliography.
  • Deadline: 3pm, 23rd November 2015.
  • To be submitted online, via Blackboard.
  • You should prepare your document as a Word file (not pdf) (feel free to use embedded pictures, graphs, or other appropriate material).
  • I have uploaded mark guidelines for MSc work, which give an indication of what is required for high marks.
  • I am not looking for a re-wording/ summary of the lecture, more a discussion where you develop your argument based on what we have been through in the lectures and evidence from literature and case studies.


  1. Guidance on Assignment Structure:

An assignment will typically have the following structure:


  1. Executive Summary – No more than approximately 200 words.
  2. Introduction:
    1. Overview of Circular Economy
    2. Overview of the presentation you attended / or case study.
  • Discussion:
    1. Discuss the presentation / case study in terms of what we have been through in the lectures and evidence from literature and case studies.

For example:

  • The principles of the circular economy.
  • The business models proposed by Accenture.
  • The business capability shifts proposed by Accenture.
  • Enabling technologies.
  • Geographical leakage.
  • Material complexity.
  • Linear lock-in
  • Reverse logistics.
  • Design for longevity, modularity, reuse, remanufacture, disassembly, non-toxicity, etc.
  • Materials flows.
  • Systems thinking.

If the presentation focusses on 1 aspect from the above list, think about how you can discuss it in terms of other areas on the list, for example, what would the person/ business need to think about to scale up the idea?


Other questions you may wish to consider within your assignment:

  • What are the limitations?
  • Is the product/idea really enabling a reduction in environmental impact? Is it enough?
  • How does the product/idea fit with wider sustainability principles?
  • How could government policy help take forward this area?


  1. Conclusions.

What conclusions do you draw from your discussion? How are these related to the literature?

  1. References.


  1. Referencing

Your submission will be through Turnitin. You can use Turnitin to review your referencing. It will also enable me to check your assignments for referencing and plagiarism/ originality.


Please use APA or Vancouver styles of referencing. Guidance on referencing is available at: https://blackboard.swan.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_1146_1&content_id=_1131156_1


What is Plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism is using someone’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own, without acknowledging your source.
  • Self-plagiarism is using your own previously published work as new scholarship.
  • Correct referencing is essential to avoid allegations of plagiarism and collusion, the penalties for which are severe.
  • The correct referencing of work is important as it allows examiners to check the sources on which you have based your discussions or arguments.
  • Accurate referencing will allow the marker to differentiate your own thoughts, views and ideas from those of other authors. All of the references/sources used in your assessment should be listed in a section labelled REFERENCES.


  1. Guidance

If you have any questions please use the Monday 9-10am slot.



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