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

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 88796

Wed Jan 05 - Wed Apr 20 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 20 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online


Olga Petrov

Course Outline




  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 14-18.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

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

EENG 7000 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

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

School of Construction and the Environment

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

School of Transportation

  1. Technology Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Technology


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