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General information:
Annual:
2017/2018
Code:
DIS-2-331-SI-s
Name:
Global Environmental Problems and their Local Implications
Faculty of:
Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Environmental Information Systems
Field of study:
Environmental Engineering
Semester:
3
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
dr Wagner Aleksandra (awagner@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
dr Wagner Aleksandra (awagner@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K002 can work in a team, find arguments in a discussion and respect copyrights IS2A_K05 Project,
Activity during classes,
Presentation,
Scientific paper
Skills
M_U001 can prepare a presentation on a chosen global environmental problemu, its local implications and possible solutions. Can use literature sources (both traditional and electronic documents) and quote them correctly. Project,
Activity during classes,
Presentation
M_U002 can discuss the article referring to environmental problems, present different points of view and different solutions (their advantages and disadvantages). Activity during classes
Knowledge
M_W001 knows English terminology in environmental sciences, biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, chemistry and other sciences and arts relevant to the topic of environmental problems Activity during classes,
Scientific paper,
Execution of a project,
Presentation,
Project
M_W002 has knowledge of environment, global environmental problems and the ways of solving them IS2A_W09 Activity during classes,
Presentation,
Project,
Scientific paper
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K002 can work in a team, find arguments in a discussion and respect copyrights - - - + - - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 can prepare a presentation on a chosen global environmental problemu, its local implications and possible solutions. Can use literature sources (both traditional and electronic documents) and quote them correctly. - - - + - - - - - - -
M_U002 can discuss the article referring to environmental problems, present different points of view and different solutions (their advantages and disadvantages). - - - + - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 knows English terminology in environmental sciences, biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, chemistry and other sciences and arts relevant to the topic of environmental problems + - - + - - - - - - -
M_W002 has knowledge of environment, global environmental problems and the ways of solving them - - - + - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:
Identification of possible global threats to the enviroment

1) English terminology in environmental sciences, environmental engineering and related sciences.
2) The role of humans in climatic changes (global warming, desertification, deforestation)
3) Depletion of resources – permanent, renewable and non-renewable resources, focus on energy issues, food and water resources
4) Pollution and waste production – the ways to reduce their impact, focus on transboundary pollution and international problems.
5) Biodiversity loss – extinction of species, habitat loss, invasive species.
6) New areas of technology and their possible environmental implications (genetic engineering, nanotechnology, information technologies etc.)
7) International conventions, directives and national legal acts regulating global environmental problems. The idea of sustainable development.

Project classes:
Global environmental problems, their local implicantions and ways to solve them

The main objective is to make students familiar with current global environmental problems and their local implications. Students should be able to discuss different solutions to the problems and provide arguments for and against. Each student will have to prepare a project where one global environmental problem will be chosen. The problem should be presented from different points of view and local implication of the problem should be given as well as possible solutions. Techniques of writing papers will be presented.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 80 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Preparation for classes 15 h
Participation in project classes 30 h
Participation in lectures 15 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 20 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

To get the credit and final grade it is necessary to present a project on a selected global environmental problem, its implications on a local scale (e.g. in the place where a student lives) and possible solutions (focus on local activities). The project should be provided in the form of presentation. Students should use literature (both traditional and electronic publications), but the way of presenting the problem and solutions given should be original. The grade given to the project will make base for the final grade. The final grade can, however, be slightly higher in case of more active participation in the class activities (discussions) or slightly lower (e.g. when the project is not provided in time).

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Upper intermediate level of English is required. The knowledge of basic English terminology in environmental issues is desired, but not required as a pre-condition.

Recommended literature and teaching resources:
  1. Laboy-Nieves E.N., Schaffner F.C., Abdelhadi A.H., Goosen M.F.A. Environmental Management, Sustainable Development and Human Health. CRC Press. Boca Raton, London, NY, Leiden 2009.
  2. Cunningham W.P., Cunningham M.A., Woodworth Saigo B.: Environmental science: a global concern. Boston 2007.
  3. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. – selected articles.
  4. Current papers and articles (including electronic publications) referring to enviromental problems.
  5. www.answers.com. (useful webside in finding correct pronunciation)
Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:
  1. A. Wagner: Management of the industrial area of Nowa Huta (Kraków, Poland), focus on water bodies. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies ; ISSN 1230-1485. — 2012 vol. 21 no. 5A, s. 435–439.
  2. A. Wagner: Threat to selected water bodies in Kraków and vicinity, focus on pollution and the effects of changes in the area management: Polish Journal of Environmental Studies ; ISSN 1230-1485. — 2011 vol. 20 no. 4A, s. 329–334.
  3. A. Wagner, D. Hasanagić: Comparative analysis of selected water bodies in Cracow and vicinity in terms of their revitalisation. W: Innowacyjne rozwiązania rewitalizacji terenów zdegradowanych : praca zbiorowa / pod red. nauk. Jana Skowronka. — Katowice : Instytut Ekologii Terenów Uprzemysłowionych ; Centrum Badań i Dozoru Górnictwa Podziemnego Sp. z o. o., 2014. — ISBN: 978-83-930319-6-2. — S. 139–152.
  4. A. Wagner, Jan W. Dobrowolski, M. Zielińska: Ecotourism as a factor of sustainable development of specially protected regions. W: Across disciplinary boundaries towards a sustainable life : psychodynamic reflection on human behaviour / eds. Elmar A. Stuhler, Shalini Misra. — München ; Mering : Rainer Hampp Verlag : 2008. — (Research Cases and Theories ; ISSN 0940-2829 ; vol. 12). — ISBN 978-3-86618-205-9. — S. 101–108.
  5. A. Wagner: Historic cities and nature. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies ; ISSN 1230-1485. — 2006 vol. 15 no. 5C s. 193.
Additional information:

Students reading for Bachelor’s (Engineer’s) degree can also participate.