PSP50 Introduction to Natural and Human Environment

Module code: PSP50


ECTS Credit Points:
20

Module Type:
Compulsory


Year:
1st

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes: After completing this module (PSP50 / Introduction to the Natural and Human Environment), students will be expected to be able to,
[KNOWLEDGE]
- describe the structure of the ecological systems and the components of natural environment (soil, water, atmosphere) of an area as well as the categories of ecosystems and flora of Medi-terranean
- report  the diachronic effects of settlements in the environmental landscape of Greece and Mediterranean
-  describe the ways of constitution and trends of organization of land uses in the urban space and  the components of transport , water supply - sewerage and energy networks
- describe the energy problem, the conventional, the renewable and alternative forms of en-ergy and the methods of saving  energy
- describe the basic human activities that pollute the environment, their interactions as well as their impacts in the natural recipients
- describe the main pollutants of atmosphere, water and soil as well as the types and character-istics of solid waste and noise
- report the general principles of International Environmental Legislation and the main legisla-tive regulations and means of protection of environment in Greece
[UNDERSTANDING - IMPLEMENTATION]
- explain the role of plants in the functioning of the natural environment
- distinguish the interactions of the components of the environment
- relates the evolution of the population to the changes of economic activities and the trans-formations of urban areas
- describe the advantages and disadvantages of various applications of transportation, water supply, solid waste and energy networks
- explain environmental problems arising from the use of conventional energy sources
- explain  the advantages and disadvantages as well as the environmental impacts of the use of renewable and alternative energy sources
- analyse the basic mechanisms of environmental pollution and production of waste and their negative impacts on the environment and human health
- distinguish the key problems of implementation of the International Environmental Legislation and comment on the objectives, principles and actions of Community Environmental Policy
[RESOLVE PROBLEMS THROUGH THE TRANSFER OF EXISTING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OB-TAINED TO NEW SITUATIONS]
- assess the environmental quality of a specific area, taking into account the situation of the respective components of the natural and human environment
- propose methods of saving energy in a specific area and the use of most appropriate renew-able and alternative energy sources, taking into consideration the respective advantages, dis-advantages and environmental impacts and the results of the implementation of the most widely used methods at international level
- assess the environmental quality of a specific area  on the basis of the thresholds of different pollutants

Subjects covered:
1. The natural environment
2. The manmade environment
3. Energy Issues
4. Environmental issues
5. Legal framework and protection institutions

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed
here.

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of four written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available
here.