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FFR166 - Science of environmental change
 
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 47 - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   25 Oct 2013 am M,  14 Jan 2014 am M,  29 Aug 2014 am M

In programs

MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Docent  Sten Karlsson


Replaces

FFR165   Science of environmental change

Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/9305b6c1-7d8a-4412-be42-9a4cc8e20080


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Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Same as the TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT programme.

Aim

The course will give basic natural science knowledge for the understanding of different central environmental and resource problems. A special focus is on problems coupled to different substance and materials flows. The course is also aiming at increasing the knowledge on the industrial societies turnover of energy and materials and its connection to environmental systems and functioning and the emergence and mitigation of environmental problems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

explain and apply basic natural and environmental science concepts and models to the turnover of materials and energy
describe and interpret properties and processes on Earth of importance for understanding environmental change
apply this knowledge to illustrate environmental disturbances and effects from the societal resource utilization and materials turnover and possible mitigation
assimilate and present a relevant scientific paper within the field

Content

The course starts with a review of basic chemical, physical and thermodynamic concepts and models appropriate for the description of energy and materials converting systems. Thereafter is dealt with Earth as a materials and energy transforming system; energy conversion processes and the energy balance in the climate system; the composition and properties of and processes in Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere; the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus.

Interlinked with the natural science parts, the course discusses the fluxes induced by human activities in the industrial society and different disturbances of the environmental system. Special attention is drawn to fresh water utilization and pollution; the disturbances of the carbon balance and cycle, the greenhouse effect and its connection to our energy supply and use; the disturbances of important nutrient cycles as sulphur, nitrogen and phosphorus, eutrophication and acidification; chemical processes and turnover of different pollutant in the atmosphere, including the ozone layer attenuation. It is finally dealt with different possible ecological mechanisms and effects of resource utilization in biological systems.

Organisation

The course consists of classroom lectures and demonstrations, assignments and a student's oral presentation.

Literature

Jackson & Jackson, Environmental Science (2nd ed.), Longman, 2000.
Supplementary materials.

Examination

There will be a written examination, assignments, and an oral presentation.


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