The Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS) brings together a critical multidisciplinary RTD capability in process innovation, development and application of new technologies, and managing risk and organisational change and brings together staff with backgrounds in Psychology, Business and Organisational Behaviour, Engineering, Computer Science, and Health Sciences. CIHS is based in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and has a wide range of experience of both qualitative and quantitative HF and organisational assessment methods. CIHS have developed a comprehensive HF and operational assessment methodology for use in systems design, technology evaluation, operational evaluation and change management assessment and evaluation. The Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS) is currently involved in a number of projects in the areas of healthcare, transport and human factors and brings this cutting edge research to its training programmes.
The course aims to provide participants with: An understanding of what sustainability means within an organisation and how it can be measured. The ability to conceptualise the organisation as a sociotechnical system with sustainability as a key outcome. An understanding of the psycho-social, organisational, contextual, and societal factors influencing sustainable behaviours. An appreciation of leadership and change management strategies needed to design and deliver effective sustainability initiatives.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1 Define sustainability in an organisational context and how it can be measured
LO2 Describe how the different elements of a sociotechnical system interact to deliver sustainability
LO3 Explain the principles of leadership and change management and how they apply to sustainability initiatives
LO4 Describe the psychological factors that influence sustainable behaviours at individual, team, organisational and society levels
LO5 Explain how the physical, infrastructure, technological and informational environment can impact sustainable decisions
Sustainability is as much about people as it is about energy and economics. This course introduces participants to a sociotechnical systems model of sustainable organisations, contextualising the organisation’s role between individual decision-making and the services, infrastructure, technology and policies in society.
This is a seven-week course divided into seven sessions. Each session is designed to be completed over the course of a week and will comprise several offline learning elements complemented with a one-hour live webinar (evening). The webinar and study material will be accessed via our student learning platform, Blackboard.
The course is taught by Assistant Professor Sam Cromie and Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan along with relevant industry professionals where applicable.
This is a seven-week course and is run multiple times a year.
Assessment & certification
This is a seven-week course divided into seven sessions. Each session is designed to be completed over the course of a week and will comprise several offline learning elements such as videos, quizzes and discussion forums complemented with a one-hour live webinar (evening). The webinar and study material will be accessed via our student learning platform, Blackboard. On successful completion participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion. This course is CPD approved by Engineers Ireland.
Who should attend
Sustainable organisation consultants, sustainability managers or those with specific sustainability responsibilities in their organisation, e.g. sustainable travel. The course is also suitable for participants who may wish to pursue a future role in the area of sustainability.
Note: this course is not industry specific. The knowledge gained can be applied to any industry sector, such as transport (rail, aviation, maritime), food, tourism, hospitality, logistics, finance etc.