PSE50 Introduction to Natural and Human Environment

Module code: PSE50

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes: 

1. The understanding of basic terms referring to the process of the Physical Environment’s development. These terms are related with the surface of the earth, the atmosphere, the waters on earth, and the plants. Knowledge acquired in this part of teaching is understood not as a simple encyclopedic learning of the lemma in question, but as a deep examination of those same processes that produce specific phenomena and affect future conditions.
2. The understanding of the way human activities affect aspects of the Physical Environment, and cause problems either of indifference to sustainable development or to atmospheric and earth pollution, and to undesirable changes in climate.
3. Information on issues that refer to Energy. Under this section come, the part of Physics (types of energy, properties of energy systems, etc.) as well as the part of Renewable Energy Sources, whose importance is daily confirmed, on the international level. Students learn to calculate the characteristics of energy saving systems and of systems including the use of Renewable Energy Sources.
4. Information and understanding of issues referring to demographic/urban phenomena (urbanization processes, urban structure, urban networks).

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.