Sustainability and Development - Namibia University of Science and Technology


Namibia University of Science and Technology


Ms Michelle Maree, Ms Jacqueline Bock

Title of course

Sustainability and Development



Degree: Bachelor

Semester: 1

Date start of the course: 15 March 2021

Date end of the course: t.b.a

Time: Not a specific time as students may engage with the course on their own time. Tutor support is available through the platform.

Subject area: Universal

Participation via:

NUST Moodle Platform



Content The course will cover the following integrated issues: UNIT 1: Sustainable development 1. Sustainability vs sustainable development 2. Sustainable development goals 3. Approaches and implementation of sustainable development 4. Environmental sustainability, health and waste management 5. Energy Management 6. Gender and sustainable development 7. Developmental designs UNIT 2: Politics and Governance 1. Global and good governance 2. Sustainable governance in Africa 3. Political instability, conflicts and insecurity 4. Leadership in Africa UNIT 3: Economic Sustainability 1. Natural capitalism and political economy 2. Economic growth and development 3. Efficient land administration 4. Regional development 5. Efficiency in resources management UNIT 4: Sustainable Knowledge Management 1. Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation 2. Knowledge Economy in the 21st century 3. Cyber Security and Cybercrimes 4. Digital Privacy and Cyber laws 5. Sustainable Knowledge Management 6. Building a knowledge society for sustainable development 7. Ethical Knowledge Management 8. Evidence-based practice 9. Inclusive lifelong learning 10. Indigenous knowledge systems UNIT 5: Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1. Sustainable innovation 2. Sustainable entrepreneurship 3. Technology and sustainable development


Conditions of Participation

All particpants should be proficient in English and should have access to a computer/laptop and data.


Teaching Methods

The course will be offered fully online. The material was developed with a student-centred focus, and include online activities such as discussion forums, weekly quizzes, videos and a variety of assessments.


Learning outcomes / Competences

Upon completing the course students will, through assessment activities, show evidence of their ability to: • Explain how the concept of sustainability applies to good governance, politics, contemporary issues, economy, environmental issues and corruption. • Interpret the requirements for sustainable economic development and develop solutions to poverty eradication. • Appraise the importance of sustainable knowledge management and lifelong learning. • Apply the notion of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and design in a sustainable society.


Forms of examination



Conditions for allocation of credit points

Diversified continuous assessment will apply as follows, and all assessments will be completed online. Assessment Recommended Weight • Test 50% • Assignment 30% • Other 10% • Other 10%Students must obtain a minimum final mark of 50% to pass the course.


Other information

The course consist of 12 credits, equaling 120 notional hours, that would require the following of a student. 16 weeks x 4 hours of online delivery per week = 64 hours; 2 weeks (excluding weekends) per assignment = 16 hours; Online assessment = 16 hours; Self-directed and directed-self learning = 24 hours Literature Prescribed Literature Due to the diversified nature of this course there will be no prescribed text/literature but a reading list and online resource material (to be updated periodically) will be compiled. Recommended Literature Aeiro, S., Filho, W.L, Jabbour, C. & Azeiteiro, U.M. (2013). Sustainability Assessment Tools in Higher Education Institutions: Mapping Trends and Good Practices around the World. New York: Springer. Bejtlisch, R. (2010). The Tao of Network Security Monitoring: Beyond Intrusion Detection. Boston: Addison-Wesley. Fernandez, I. (2014). Knowledge Management: Systems and Processes. Taylor & Francis. Flho, W.L., Midsud, M., Shiel, C. & Pretorius, R. (2017). Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education. New York: Springer. Grobler, R. (2017). Applying innovation to the business model. Namibia Economist. Halvorsen, T. (2015). Knowledge for a Sustainable World a Sa Nordic Contribution. African Minds. Kopnina, H. (2015). The victims of unsustainability: a challenge to sustainable development goals. Mclure, S., Scambray, J. and Kurtz, G. (2018). Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets and Solutions. 7th Ed. USA: McGraw-Hill. Nordén, Birgitta (2016). Learning and teaching sustainable development in global-local context. Open Working Group. (2015). Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. [Online]. [Cited 2015 Aug 2]. Available from: [Google Scholar]. Rhem, A. (2016). Knowledge Management in Practice. Taylor & Francis Ritchie, B. (2017). Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship are not the same thing. University of Notre Dame. Sachs, J.D. (2015). The Age of Sustainable Development. New York: Colombia University Press. Scerri, M. (2017). Emergence of systems of innovation in South (ern) Africa: long histories and contemporary debates. Real African Publishers. Susan, N., Hoy, C., Berliner, T. and Aedy, T. (2015). Projecting Progress: Reaching the SDGs by 2030, London: ODI, (last checked by the authors 13 December 2015) [Google Scholar]. UNEP. (2017). Decoupling Natural Resource use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth. Available online: english.pdf. UN. (2018). About the Sustainable Development Goals. Available online.