Hours Per Week

Hours per Semester

Weighted Total Mark

Weighted Exam Mark

Weighted Continuous Assessment

Credit Units

LH

PH

TH

CH

WTM

WEM

WCM

CU

3

0

3

45

100

60

40

3

Course Description

This course covers environmental considerations in planning, design and management of projects and health issues in a work environment.

Objectives/Aim

  • To equip the student with knowledge of environmental and health matters in construction.

Course Outline

Environmental Sustainability and Human Values                                                              [5 CH]

  • Human Use of Earth
  • Human Values and Environmental Problems
  • Environmental Justice
  • An Overall Plan for Sustainable Living

Risk Analysis and Environmental Hazards                                                                                    [5 CH]

  • A Perspective on Risks
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Movement and Fate of Toxins
  • How We Determine the Health Effects of Pollutants
  • Precautionary Principle

Solid and Hazardous Waste: An Unrecognized Resource                                                  [5 CH]

  • Solid Waste
  • Reducing Solid Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Managing Hazardous Waste

Air and Air Pollution                                                                                                         [5 CH]

  • The Atmosphere
  • Types and Sources of Air Pollution
  • Effects of Air Pollution
  • Controlling Air Pollutants
  • Indoor Air Pollution

Freshwater Resources and Water Pollution                                                                                    [5 CH]

  • The Importance of Water
  • Water Resource Problems
  • Water Management
  • Water Pollution
  • Improving Water Quality

Nonrenewable Energy Resources                                                                                      [5 CH]

  • Energy Consumption
  • Coal
  • Oil and Natural Gas
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

Renewable Energy Resources                                                                                            [5 CH]

  • Direct Solar Energy
  • Indirect Solar Energy
  • Other Renewable Energy Sources
  • Energy Solutions: Conservation and Efficiency

Health and Safety in a Work Place                                                                                                [5 CH]

Environmental Impact Assessment                                                                                                [5 CH]

 

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Understand environmental implications of construction processes and how their impacts can be mitigated.

Method of Teaching/Delivery

The course will be conducted through lectures, tutorials, practical exercises and assignments. Basic lecture materials provided by the Lecturer will be supplemented by individual reading effort by students.

 

Assessment Method

Continuous assessment through assignments and practical tests, and final written examination. The final examination carry 60% of the total mark, while continuous assessment will carry a total of 40%.

Reading/ Reference Materials

  1. Robert Staib (2005) Environmental Management and Decision Making for Business; Palgrave Macmillan
  2. Gary S. Thorpe (2011) Barron’s AP Environmental Science

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CIV 7102 Environmental Studies

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CIV 7102 Environmental Studies