EFS01 Effective Feasibility Studies

About this course

This course is about effective feasibility studies. It shows how to develop a feasibility study brief, carry out feasibility studies and investigations and write this up in a format that enables decisions to be made.

Projects and businesses are expensive and take time to establish. It is, therefore, worthwhile to undertake investigations before you embark on this to make sure that you a) are taking the best approach to achieve your objectives and b) that what you are proposing to do is feasible and can be achieved. Feasibility studies aim to provide you with this assurance.

What this course offers

Taking the course will enable you to understand more about feasibility studies and develop skills,  knowledge and processes that will enable you to become more capable of developing effective feasibility studies.

What you will learn

The course covers the following topics.

1. What is an effective feasibility study?

Effective feasibility studies are described. It shows how feasibility studies need to investigate key issues and provide clear conclusions and recommendations that can be used to make decisions. It also outlines the principles and benefits of effective feasibility studies.

2. How do carry out effective feasibility studies?

This describes the key components of a feasibility study including the brief, options evaluation, project development, feasibility studies, conclusions and recommendations.

 3. How do you write up a feasibility study?

This describes how to write up feasibility studies. It provides the structure of a feasibility study and the content that should be included.  

 4. Are there tools and guides you can use for effective feasibility studies?

Checklists and templates that can be used in feasibility studies are provided. These enable the process of carrying out feasibility studies to be more efficient and to help avoid  ‘reinventing the wheel’.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these can be accessed through the shop.

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RWH01 Rainwater Harvesting

About this course

This course is about rainwater harvesting in small buildings and, in housing, in particular. It describes how rainwater harvesting systems can be designed and installed in buildings to supplement or replace, municipal water supplies.

In many areas of the world, water is becoming increasingly scarce. Climate change, increasing urbanisation and limited maintenance and upgrading of municipal water infrastructure is making this situation worse and in many areas, water supplies are also becoming increasingly unreliable.

As water is a necessity for life, it is necessary to think about alternative water resources and ensuring that a reliable supply is achieved. One of the most effective ways of doing this is through a rainwater harvesting system. This enables rain falling on a site to be captured and used. Where there is sufficient rain it is possible to source all of the water required on a site in this manner and not to have a municipal supply. In this way, buildings can be ‘off-grid’ and effectively ‘water neutral’.

The course provides guidance on how to develop rainwater harvesting systems. It includes calculations that can be used to size a rainwater harvesting system and shows how these can be designed, installed and maintained.

What this course offers

Taking the course, and using the tools and checklists, will help you develop knowledge, skills and processes that will enable you to become more capable of developing rainwater harvesting systems.

What you will learn

The following topics will be covered in the course.

1. What is a rainwater harvesting system?

Rainwater harvesting systems are described. The reasons why rainwater harvesting systems are developed are also provided.

2. What are the components of a rainwater harvesting system?

The key components of a rainwater harvesting system are introduced with examples. The section also shows how these components are assembled to build a full rainwater harvesting system.

3. How do you design a rainwater harvesting system?

This section shows that it is important to understand water needs and rainfall patterns before rainwater harvesting systems can be designed. It provides calculations that can be used to size rainwater tanks and calculate the payback periods of systems.  

 4. How do you install and manage a rainwater harvesting system?

This section provides pointers on the installation and management of rainwater harvesting systems. This includes developing a log to monitor issues and the performance of the system

5. Are there tools and guides you can to develop rainwater harvesting systems?

Tools and guides that can be used for the development of rainwater harvesting systems are provided. These enable the process of developing rainwater harvesting systems to be more efficient and to help avoid  ‘reinventing the wheel’.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Access to course will be provided for 3 months from the date of registration.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.

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DCA01 Designing for Climate Change Adaption

About this course

The course is about adapting built environments to climate change. It describes changes in climate that are projected under global warming and provides guidance on how these can be addressed in buildings.

What this course offers

The course describes climate change projections and how built environments can be adapted for these.  Taking the course will provide you with knowledge, skills and processes that will make you more capable of adapting built environments for climate change. 

What you will learn

The following topics will be covered by the course.

1.Climate change projections and adaptation

Climate change projections for South Africa will be outlined. Adaptation to these changes and the concepts of exposure, vulnerability and resilience will be described.

2. Increased average temperatures and number of very hot days

Settlement and built environment adaptations for hotter temperatures and very hot days will be presented.

3. Droughts and water shortages

Settlement and built environment adaptations for droughts and water shortages will be presented.

4. Extreme weather and flooding

Settlement and built environment adaptations for extreme weather and flooding will be presented.

5. Are there tools and guides that you can use? 

Tools and guides that you can use to develop buildings that are more resilient to climate change are presented.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.

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DCM01 Designing for Climate Change Mitigation

About this course

The course is about how carbon emissions associated with built environments can be reduced to mitigate climate change. About 40% of the global carbon emissions are attributed to buildings and construction.  The course describes measures such as mixed-use planning, passive, low energy design and the use of low embodied materials that can be used to reduce carbon emissions in built environments.

What this course offers

The course outlines how carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction can be reduced to mitigate against climate change. Taking the course will provide you with knowledge, skills and processes that will make you more capable of developing buildings that mitigate against climate change. 

What you will learn

The following topics will be covered by the course.

1. The sources of carbon emissions in buildings and construction

The sources of carbon emissions in buildings will be described. The course shows how carbon emissions vary through a  building’s life cycle and how emission these differ across building types.

2.Urban density and neighbourhood

The relationship between urban densities, energy and carbon emissions is explored. The course shows how measures such as increased density and mixed-use planning can be used to reduce carbon emissions.

3.Low energy and passive design

Operational energy use in buildings is described and measures that can be used to reduce this are presented.

4.Energy sources and renewable energy

Common energy sources used in buildings and their associated carbon emission factors are described.  The course shows how carbon emissions can be reduced by switching energy sources.

5.Embodied energy

Embodied energy is described and different building materials compared. The course shows how selecting low embodied energy materials can be used to reduce carbon emissions.

6. Are there tools and guides that you can use? 

The course introduces tools and guides that can be used to support the development of built environments that mitigate against climate change.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources:

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.

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EME01 Effective Meetings

About this course

The course on how to develop and run effective meetings. It shows how you can plan, manage and follow up on meetings to ensure that they achieve their objectives.

We use meetings to share information and discuss and agree on issues as part of everyday life and work.  Sometimes meetings work well and objectives are met. However, some meetings take a long time and do not appear to achieve much.

This course provides techniques you can use to ensure meetings achieve their goals and are an efficient use of time.

What this course offers

Taking the course will enable you to understand more about meetings and develop skills,  knowledge and processes that will enable you to become more capable of running effective meetings.

What you will learn 

The following topics will be addressed in the course.

  • What is an effective meeting? 

This describes different types of meetings in terms of their purpose. It shows how the objectives of meetings need to be understood to have an effective meeting. An effective meeting achieves the objectives set for it.

  • How do you plan for effective meetings? 

Once the objectives for the meeting are understood, meetings can be planned to achieve these objectives. Meeting structure and timing can be designed to ensure that meeting activity such as the sharing of information, discussion and agreement can be organised in a way that ensures that objectives are achieved.

  • How do you manage effective meetings?

 Following the agenda of the meeting and achieving the objectives of a meeting requires the meeting to guided by a chairperson. This is a skilled activity that needs to work with participants and the dynamics of the meeting to ensure that objectives are met.

  • How do you follow up on effective meetings? 

Good meetings can be a waste of time, if they are no minutes are taken and shared as people soon forget what discussed and agreed. Therefore, following up with participants after meetings is an important way of ensuring that the meeting achieves change beyond the discussions at the meeting.

  • Are there tools and guides you can use for effective meetings?

 Agendas and minute templates, as well as checklists, help ensure meetings are effective, as they ensure all of the key issues are addressed and not accidentally omitted. By avoiding ‘reinventing the wheel’ they also save time and allow meeting organisers to be more effective.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will access the following resources.

  • Presentation
  • E-book
  • Quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading and viewing

How long will it take

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. You should be able to complete the course presentation and quiz in 1 – 2 hours. Viewing the e-manual and the additional reading and downloading templates and guides and completing the course work can be completed in another 1 to 2 weeks.

What do I need to attend the course

You will need a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  You will also need access to the Internet and Word and Excel to access and use templates and tools.

Who developed the course

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run a wide range of management and technical courses internationally for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course

Access the course through here. Link.

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UCC01 Understanding Climate Change

About this course

This course is about understanding climate change. It describes how the climate is changing and why this is happening. It also describes the impacts this is having.  Global commitments and national policies to address climate change outlines are also outlined. By understanding climate change we are more able to address this through climate change mitigation and adaption measures.

What this course offers

Taking the course will enable you to understand more about climate change and develop skills,  knowledge and processes that will enable you to become more capable of addressing climate change.

What you will learn 

1.Defining climate change

This describes climate change and the imbalances in natural cycles that is causing it. Projected changes to climate as a result of global warming are also described.

2. Why is this important?

The severe impacts of climate change are described to show why it is important that climate change is addressed effectively and urgently.

3.Climate change commitments

Climate change commitments have been made to address climate change. These include targets for countries and for industry sectors. Commitments for South Africa are outlined and current progress charted.

4.Implications for building

Buildings and construction play a significant role in causing climate change. This role and the implications for buildings of climate change are presented.

5. Are there tools and guides you can use to understand climate change

Tools and guides, such as carbon emission footprint calculators are

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources:

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.

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Principles of effective meetings

There are a number of basic principles that can be applied to achieve effective meetings. These are listed below.

1. The meeting starts on time and is not too long.
2. The organisers have clear objectives they wish to achieve.
3. There is a clear and agreed agenda for the meeting.
4. Participants are committed to achieving positive outcomes.
5. Sufficient preparation has been carried out.
6. There is a clear and fair record of discussion and agreements.
7. Agreed action items are carried out between meetings.

A guide and templates on running effective meetings can be found here.

 

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What are effective meetings?

Effective meetings achieve their objectives. Participants leave with a sense of achievement and know what will happen next as a result of the meeting.

Characteristics of effective meetings are :

  • The objectives of the meeting are clear. An agenda is provided and the purpose of the meeting is clearly provided at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Participants actively contribute to the meeting. Participants understand why they have been invited and actively contribute to the meeting.
  • Good preparation means that participants are well briefed and can contribute appropriately. Agendas and relevant information have been circulated before the meeting to participants who have read this and are therefore well prepared for the meeting.
  • Actions are followed up and progress is made. Actions are minuted and followed up at the next meeting. There is a clear allocation of responsibility for undertaking actions and accountability for achieving these.
  • Discussions and agreements are recorded in agreed minutes. Accurate minutes are taken and issued soon after meetings. Procedures are in place to ensure that participants check minutes and vouch for their accuracy.
  • Meetings are tightly scheduled and are productive. An agenda with a schedule is provided. The chair keeps to the agenda and the schedule.

A guide and templates on running effective meetings can be found here.

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Sustainable Building Rating and Indicator Systems

There are now many different rating and indicator systems for building sustainability so it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose and distinguish between these.

This presentation, therefore, goes back to first principles and focusses on 5 questions that can be applied to review systems to choose the one most suitable for your situation.

The 5 questions are:

  1. How does the system define sustainability?
  2. Does the system address your / local priorities?
  3. Does the system change behaviour as well as technical performance?
  4. Does the system help prepare the built environment for change?
  5. Is there an evidence base to confirm that the system will achieve the required levels of change?

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Enhancing capabilities through targets and measurement

Yesterday, Eliud Kipchoge ran the marathon in under two hours. This is the first time this has ever been done. As well as the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly running shoes and 41 pace-makers, a support car beamed a green laser mark on the road in front of Kipchoge representing 20 seconds below the two-hour pace. So what time did Kipchoge run the marathon?

1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

This is a powerful lesson in how targets and indicators can be used to direct capabilities and enhance performance.

So, what do you want to achieve? How do define this as a clear target?

How then do you set out sub-targets which can be achieved on the way to achieving the overall targets?

How do get live feedback on these targets to keep you on track and focused?

 

 

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