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School of Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Course unit
SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES
IN01122726, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/dicea/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-IN1825-001PD-2017-IN01122726-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SIGRID KUSCH-Brandt 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/03 Environmental and Health Engineering 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2017 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 KUSCH-BRANDT SIGRID (Presidente)
SALANDIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
RAGA ROBERTO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of environmental issues is requested. Non-engineering students need ability and readiness to study the course topics under a technology-oriented perspective. The course is taught entirely in English.
Target skills and knowledge: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have acquired an integrated understanding of resources management, including renewable resources, and will have gained the competence to address sustainability of resources utilisation. This includes the basic skills to assess material and energy flows in engineered environments. This further includes the ability to identify and apply suitable strategies, methodologies and technologies.
Examination methods: Examination is in the form of one written exam (120 minutes). The exam consists of a larger number of questions covering the topics of the course. Some exam questions require answers in text form and some require choosing correct answers among alternatives.

During the semester, the student has the opportunity to collect bonus points by working on homework assignments and a small student project. Homework and student projects are not mandatory, and any collected points will count as a bonus towards the final mark (increase of points achieved in exam by maximum 10% through bonus points).
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the specific contents of the course will be assessed in the exam. The student is required to demonstrate familiarity with concepts, methodologies and technologies covered in the course.

Completion of non-mandatory activities (homework, student project) throughout the semester will be assessed under a bonus scheme.
Course unit contents: A) Fundamentals of sustainability (incl. Planetary Boundaries, SDGs; Measuring sustainability)
B) Types of resources, incl. renewable resources; Pools, cycles and sinks of resources; Dynamics in resources consumption (key trends, cycles); Strategies for sustainable use of resources; Decoupling of resources use from prosperity
C) Concept of Industrial Ecology; Industrial metabolism; Material and energy flows
D) Circular economy; Perspectives from industry; Cleaner production
E) The challenge “energy”; Renewable energy
F) The challenge “food”; The resource biomass
G) Resources and urban growth; Innovative concepts
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal teaching (lecture), to be complemented by personal studies;

In addition, students are offered the possibility to complete homework (not mandatory) and to work on assigned student projects on selected topics (not mandatory).
Homework assignments (questions to be answered or short reports to be written) will be handed out during the semester with specified deadlines.
Topics for student projects will be assigned in the first 3 weeks of the course, and results are due by around beginning of the second half of the semester (exact deadlines to be specified). Project groups with up to 4 students can be formed. Project groups can give an oral presentation, hand in a written report, or both.
The student can choose to complete all non-mandatory course elements, some of them or none. Bonus points are accumulated with the completion of each non-mandatory element (each homework assignment, the oral presentation of project results, the written project report).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Together with additional information and suggestion of additional readings, the presentation slides used during classroom teaching are made available to students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)