Course Details

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMEM514
Course Unit DetailsMSc Engineering Management (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Define and describe basic terms and concepts relating to Environmental pollution and engineering.
  2. Recognize the important sources of environmental pollution and the relationship between pollutants and the corresponding contributing sources.
  3. Identify key Environmental Legislation and Directives on Sustainable Development Strategy, Water, waste and Air pollution legislation.
  4. Carry out a complete LCA of a product or service system and critically review another LCA.
  5. Use key economics concepts and calculations in the implementation of Environmental Management projects.
  6. Coordinate an Environmental Impact Assessment and Complete the EMAS procedure for an organization.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents Part 1: Environmental Pollution:
Basic ecologyWater and Soil Pollution - Principles of Wastewater treatment, biological and physicochemical treatment, aerobic and anaerobic treatment, suspended growth and fixed film reactors, pre-treatment of wastes – screening/grit removal/ fat and oil removal, design parameters, nitrification/denitrification, heavy metal removal.  Air Pollution and Odour control principles of air pollution abatement, odour control technologies.- activated carbon filters, biological odour removal climate change.  Solid waste – Treatment and Disposal, segregation, composting, land filling, recycling methods
Part 2: EU and Cypriot Legislation and Environmental Licensing
The European Union Environmental Aquis and the respective Cyprus legislation. – Sustainable Development Strategy, Water, waste and Air pollution legislation, Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage..
Part 3: Life Cycle Analysis
Purpose and principles of LCA. Applications and limitations of LCA.  Use of methods and software to carry out a complete LCA of a product or service system. Structuring a report of the performed LCA, applying to the reporting guidelines and terminology as defined in the ISO standard for LCA.  Review of other LCAs.
Part 4: Environmental Economics
Environmental economics terms and procedures.  Economics concepts and calculations in the implementation of Environmental Management projects..
Part 5: Transportation - Supply Chain and Distribution Design Issues
Environmental Impact Assessments; methods, procedure, and practice. Basic ideas and elements of voluntary environmental management tools; 1) ISO14000, 2) the EMAS procedure for an organization, 3) introduction to principles of Ecolabel.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Paul L.Bishop, Pollution Prevention: Fundamentals and Practice, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. 2004
  • Chrtistopher Sheldon & Mark Yoxon Installing Environmental Management Systems: A Step-by-step Guide, Earthscan Ltd; 2nd Revised edition (2002)
  • R. Therive, John Glasson, Andrew Chadwick, Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment (Natural & Built Environment), Routledge; (2005)
  • David F. Ciambrone Environmental Life Cycle Analysis, CRC Press (1997)
  • Nick Hanley An Introduction to Environmental Economics OUP Oxford (2001)
  • O'Brien & Gere Engineers Inc., Robert Bellandi (Editor), Strategic Environmental Management for Engineers, Wiley, 2004
  • Andrew Porteous, Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2008
  • Myer Kutz (Editor), Environmentally Conscious Mechanical Design, Wiley, 2007
  • Myer Kutz (Editor), Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing, Wiley, 2007
  • Steve Hinchliffe (Editor), Andrew Blowers (Editor), Joanna R. Freeland (Editor), Understanding Environmental Issues, Wiley, 2003
  • Jacques G. Ganoulis Risk Analysis of Water Pollution, Wiley VCH; (2009)
  • Daniel B. Botkin, Edward A. Keller, Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, International Student Version, 7th Edition, Wiley, 2009
Planned learning activities and teaching methods The course is presented through theoretical lectures in class. The lectures present to the student the course content and allow for questions. The material is presented using visual aids (i.e. PowerPoint presentation slides, documentaries, etc.). The aim is to familiarize the student with the different and faster pace of presentation and also allow the instructor to present related material that would otherwise be very difficult to do. The learning process is enhanced with the requirement from the student to carry in-class discussions and tackling of hypothetical scenarios in small-group exercises. A final project, which is required as part of the students assessment for the course, allows students the opportunity to carry out independent research, synthesize basic concepts presented in class, as well as hone their writing and presentation skills. Besides from the notes taken by students in class, all of the course material is made available through the class website which is available through the University’s E-learning platform (“Moodle”). The instructors are available to students during office hours or by appointment in order to provide necessary guidance.

Assessment methods and criteria
Midterm Exam25%
Team Project25%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO

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