Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.74 / 14.00 Gesche Kindermann
Lecturer - Microbiology
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 2,113 1,371
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 79 47
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 124 53

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

Modules were identified as sustainability focused/related by method of a word search for 49 key word stems, which were applied to all active and approved modules. Modules were assigned first to undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Indicative content, Learning Outcomes and Module descriptions were reviewed where provided, to provide a more detailed assessment of the extent of sustainability education delivered at NUI Galway. The information provided was summarised according to the level of sustainability related content.

Further detail can be seen in attached report (pdf). This pdf is a report from an older revision of this inventory, so the number of modules reported is less than in the attached excel file, which is the newest revision. The methodology is the same however.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

2 modules are available to both PG & UG, meaning there are 264 unique modules which are sustainability focused/related, while if you add up the total PG & UG modules above there is a total of 266.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The complete list of modules taught in 2019/20 was sourced from Quercus by Margaret Forde, the Institutional Research Office Analyst. This list shows the total number of active taught modules in this academic year was 3,484.

Forty nine stem searches were carried out: protect*, preserv*, sustainab*, partnership, habitat*, species, pollut*, survey*, human, interaction, connect*, management, communication, resources, species, global warming, exploration, ecofriendly, responding, understand, social, develop, directive, energy, ecosystem, animal, plant, nature, horticulture, air, water, earth, ocean, marine, renewable, climate, law, agri, geolog*, hydrolog*, psycholog*, biochem*, microbi*, geograph*, zoolog*, botan*, ecolog*, forestry, environment*

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