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Introduction to Climate Change, Ecology, and Systems Thinking EENG 7000

Environmental Engineering Course

Course details

​This course presents the underpinning scientific concepts of contemporary environmental issues. It starts off with systems theory and ecosystem characteristics, including drivers for their change. More specifically, the course discusses deep ecology concepts and principles as they relate to human activities and their impacts on system functioning. The course further explores dimensions of integrated responses, including linkages of ecosystem services and human well-being. The course presents the most recent scientific evidence of the changing climate and evaluates industrial sectors - especially the energy sector - as the single largest anthropogenic source of climate‐changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The course explains and outlines principles of clean(er) technologies, industrial ecology and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Finally, the course provides the foundational concepts of environmental system analysis to learners who have no or limited specialized knowledge.

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$757.98

Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of EENG 7000 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 48083

Duration

Tue Sep 06 - Tue Dec 13 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 48083
  • $757.98
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Dec 13 Tue 14:30 - 17:30 Online
Instructor

Olga Petrov

Course outline

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Cost

$757.98

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. For interested students currently NOT enrolled in the Environmental Engineering program. Students may select this course as their elective.
Status

In Progress

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of EENG 7000 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88796

Duration

Wed Jan 04 - Wed Apr 19 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 88796
  • $757.98
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 19 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Instructor

Olga Petrov

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Cost

$757.98

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. For interested students currently not enrolled in the Environmental Engineering program. Students may select this course as their elective. No class during Reading break: Feb 21-24.
Status

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Interpret systems theory with respect to ecosystem characteristics, scale, services, non-linear changes, and options for managing ecosystems’ sustainability.
  • Discuss linkages between natural and social systems in terms of ecosystem characteristics which could be applied to social systems.
  • Explain ecological concepts (such as natural cycles, carrying capacity, limiting factors, threshold effect) and principles (range of tolerance, re-cycling of natural systems, resiliency, limits to population growth) and their applications.
  • Care for environmental quality through awareness of waste generation, minimization, and prevention.
  • Explain the basic science of climate change and human activities which led to this global environmental issue.
  • Recognize the importance and methods of evaluating GHG emissions over the entire product/process life cycle.
  • Carry out calculations for energy consumed versus delivered using an Excel spreadsheet-based proprietary model.
  • Interpret urban world issues as they relate to environmental problems (emissions, liquid discharges, and solid waste) and solutions toward sustainable communities.
  • Recognize clean(er) energy thinking, principles of LCA, and industrial ecology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of systems thinking to solve contemporary environmental issues from local to global scales.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Introduction to Climate Change, Ecology, and Systems Thinking (EENG 7000) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Business Administration Full-time/Part-time

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Construction Management
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time

School of Transportation

  1. Technology Management
    Bachelor of Technology Part-time

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