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Environmental Design – THEMATIC UNITS

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Option 1: Environmental Design of Infrastructure Works

 

PSX50: SUSTAINABILITY – ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Code TU: PSX50

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for all Options

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and thought processes to understand the issues of environmental urban planning and the environmental design of public transportation projects throughout their life cycle.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSX50, students will have obtained understanding of the following and will be able to effectively continue their studies in the other T.U. of the program.

  • Sustainability, The energy issue: origins, terminology, issues, consequences, and politics of sustainability. The object of political ecology, main currents and approaches, and scope. Th energy issue and its impacts on the environment and climate change.
  • Introduction to Anthropogeography: the main principle of anthropogeography to understand the man-made pressures to the environment and the climate change.
  • Environmental Economics: basic principles, main currents, scope.
  • Terrestrial, water, and atmospheric Pollution: the problem and basic principles of environmental pollution, its sources, spatial-geographic parameters, effects on public health, ecosystems, and the environment.
  • Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Legislation: principles, methodology and applications.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Sustainability, the energy issue
  • Introduction to Anthropogeography
  • Environmental Economics
  • Soil, Water and Air Pollution
  • Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental Legislation

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSX51: ENVIRONMENTAL URBAN AND TRANSPORT PLANNING

Code TU: PSX51

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 1st and 2nd Options

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and thought processes to understand the issues of environmental urban planning and the environmental design of public transportation projects throughout their life cycle.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSX51, students will have understood the following:

  • The basic parameters in the organization of urban space, such as land uses, urban density and the structure of the urban tissue, their function with the organization of transportation networks, as well as the role of urban planning in their management.
  • The concept of “urban sustainability” on the basis of which key points of the debate on modern cities, urbanization processes and urban policies are developed.
  • The concept of “sustainable urban mobility”, which is a long-term strategy for the future development of an urban area and in particular the infrastructure and transport and mobility services. The way of implementing the concept in the modern city, the way of transformation, the tools and methods of its application. These issues are also examined through good practices and applied examples of cities.
  • The major challenges for the sustainability of cities, with particular reference to the development of greenery, the organization of mobility, land use conflicts, urban governance, the strengthening of social cohesion, road safety, the accessibility of People with Disabilities, etc.
  • The environmental effects of transport systems in terms of the construction of the infrastructure and in terms of their use. The challenge of an adequate and efficient transport system requires a systematic approach.
  • The transition to a sustainable and intelligent mobility. A triple revolution in the transport sector is underway: electrification, self-driving and vehicle sharing. Through applied examples and with a critical approach, the future challenges and perspectives of transport are presented.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Environmental Urban and Transport Planning
  • Environmental Impact of the Construction of Transport Projects
  • Environmental Impacts from the Use of Transport Projects

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

PSE54: ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Code TU: PSE54

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 1st Option

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and thought processes for the environmental design of the main types of infrastructure projects for the protection of the environment: coastal and marine projects, hydraulic projects, wastewater and solid waste treatment, and the issue of erosion, protection, and restoration of soil.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSΕ54, students will have understood the following, and will be able to environmentally design the studied infrastructure projects.

  • Soil Erosion, Protection, and Restoration: understanding of soil erosion, methods of protecting soil from erosion, and restoring eroded and polluted soil.
  • Environmental Design of Coastal and Marine Projects: understanding of marine and coastal processes (waves, wave action, wave currents, sediment transport, morphodynamics) in order to design coastal protection projects. Understanding and implementation of integrated coastal zone management.
  • Environmental Design of Hydraulic Projects: study of the overall water cycle (dams, water transport pipelines, water purification, wastewater transport pipelines, disposal of treated wastewater) and its environmental impact, in order to design environmentally sound hydraulic projects.
  • Liquid Waste Management and Treatment: The means of managing wastewater and their treatment processes, in order to be able to design a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Solid Waste Management and Treatment: the means of solid waste management and treatment processes, in order to be able to design a solid waste treatment facility.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Erosion and Soil Protection, Environmental Design of Coastal Projects
  • Environmental Design of Hydraulic Works
  • Wastewater Management and Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management and Treatment

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSX62 TECHNOLOGY FOR DEALING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Code TU: PSX62

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 1st Option

Year offered: 2nd

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and approaches to the management and treatment or pollution and the environmental impacts of the entire cycle of energy and its environmental design.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSX62, students will have understood the following, in order to provide an effective response to the issue of air pollution and of energy.

  • Management and Treatment of Gaseous Pollutants: Air pollution and the ways of managing air pollutants and their treatment processes.
  • Climate change: The green-house phenomenon, climate change, the contribution of greenhouse gases, management and technological solutions for climate change mitigation.
  • Environmental Design of Conventional Energy Forms: study of the overall cycle of energy produced from fossil fuels (exploration, extraction, transportation, processing, treatment, management), as well as their impact on the environment, in order to design environmentally friendly energy projects.
  • Environmental Design of Renewable Energy Sources: study of the overall cycle of energy produced from renewable energy sources (Hydraulic, Aeolic, Solar, Geothermic Energy, Biomass, etc.), and nuclear energy, as well as their impact on the environment, in order to design environmentally friendly energy projects

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Management and Treatment of Air Pollutants
  • Climate change
  • Environmental Design of Conventional Energy Projects
  • Environmental Design of Renewable Energy Sources

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

Option 2: Environmental Design of Cities and Building

 

PSP53: ENVIRONMENTAL URBAN DESIGN AND URBAN PLANNING AND ARRANGEMENT OF OPEN SPACES

Code TU: PSP53

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 2nd Option

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The topics discussed in the present Thematic Unit are meant to supplement the knowledge students acquired in the previous two thematic units, and focus on environmental urban design and planning and the environmental design of open spaces and landscapes, aimed at sustainable management of urban spaces and the improvement of living conditions in urban environments. Environmental urban design and planning, together with the principles of environmental building design, is meant to approach the issue of architectural structuring and management of man-made spaces, for sustainable development and environmental protection.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSP53, students will have obtained the following:

  • Understanding of how the man-made environment is constructed (architectural solutions and residential units)
  • Understanding of how traditional buildings and settlements were formed, and the problems associated with the transition from traditional settlements to the current development phase
  • Understanding of the connections between individual structures and the wider urban environment, and the environmental impact of construction activities
  • Knowledge of the legal framework, protection agencies, and policies for the urban environment
  • Understanding of the general and special categories of open public spaces and ability to propose environmentally oriented solutions
  • Understanding of the concept of the landscape in the design of outdoor spaces, and the parameters for large-scale landscape design
  • Knowledge of the properties of building materials vis à vis their ecological function, toxicity, and environmental footprint, and understanding of the concepts of re-use and recycling of building materials
  • Ability to propose solutions for the conservation of water, the utilization of soft energy and the restoration of ecosystems as part of the function of an urban environment

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • History of the City and Urban Planning
  • Principles and Applications of Urban Environmental Design and Urban Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Landscape Design
  • Implementation of Urban Environmental Planning in Greece and the World
  • Environmental Adaptation of Traditional Architecture

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSP62: ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN OF BUILDINGS

Code TU: PSP62

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 2nd Option

Year offered: 2nd

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge to take into account the principles of environmental protection, energy conservation, and the creation of conditions of user comfort -both thermal and visual- from the initial stages of the conception of an architectural project. Students are expected to be able to produce a sound architectural project through the utilization of the opportunities offered by the natural environment, through bioclimatic design and the use of soft energy. In addition to discussing how to optimize the energy performance of new buildings, the thematic unit aims to demonstrate an integrated approach to the energetic refurbishment of existing buildings.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSP62, students will have obtained the following:

  • Understanding of the climate and its contribution in design and construction of buildings
  • Knowledge of the methods of capturing solar radiation and storing thermal energy and for natural cooling and ventilation mechanisms of buildings
  • Ability to utilize solar radiation to heat and cool buildings with passive solar systems
  • Understanding of the thermal balance of buildings and its correlation with the need for energy conservation
  • Understanding of the physics of light, the process of perception, and the mechanism of vision
  • Understanding of the factors and processes that shape the perception of thermal and visual comfort
  • Knowledge of the basic tools of environmental building design, environmental analysis software, legislation, and energy and environmental regulations
  • Understanding of the environmental issues at the small scale of urban environments
  • ability to evaluate the functions of planting in spaces adjacent to buildings in relation to their energy functions
  • Knowledge of the technologies used in the energy renovation and energy performance upgrade of buildings
  • Knowledge of the renewable energy forms and their contribution to the heating/cooling load of buildings

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Environmental Design of Buildings
  • Environmental Design of the Surrounding Area
  • Environmental Upgrading of Existing Buildings

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

Option 3: Environmental Design for the Mitigation of Climate Change

 

PSK51: GREENHOUSE EFFECT – CLIMATE CHANGE

Code TU: PSK51

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 3rd Option

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and approaches to the greenhouse effect, its causes, its connection to the economy, and scenarios for the future of the Earth’s climate.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSK51, students will have obtained the understanding of the greenhouse effect, its natural and anthropogenic causes, the sources of greenhouse gases, the correlation between these gases and the energy used in economic activity, and scenarios for the future of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, they will be able to use R for meteorological and climate change applications.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Introduction to R for climate change
  • Greenhouse Effect – Climate – Climate Change
  • Natural and Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Emission
  • Correlation of Greenhouse Gases with Energy and the Economy
  • Scenarios for the Future Climate of the Earth

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSK52: GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION

Code TU: PSK52

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 3rd Option

Year offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and approaches t for the decrease, through management and technology, the emission of greenhouse gases, the utilization of renewable sources of energy, and the agreements for the decrease of greenhouse gases.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSK52, students will have understood the means by which greenhouse gas emissions may be limited, the issue of the conventional and renewable sources of energy in addition to existing policies and agreements for the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions. Students are expected to be able to propose ways of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to being able to plan processes with limited carbon footprints.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Managing Limitation of Greenhouse Gas Emission
  • Technological Limitation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Conventional and Renewable Energy Sources
  • National and International Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies – International Agreements

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSK60: ADAPTING TO A WORLD WITH A DIFFERENT CLIMATE

Code TU: PSK60

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Type of TU: Mandatory for the 3rd Option

Year offered: 2nd

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

General description of the TU: The T.U. aims to The T.U. aims to develop students’ critical thought and provide the necessary specialized knowledge and approaches to the consequences of climate change and the adaptation to a world with a changing climate.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of PSK60, students will have understood the consequences of climate change for the environment, ecosystems, mankind, and human activities. Students are expected to be able to propose means of adapting human activities to a future world with a different climate.

Cognitive subjects of the TU:

  • Impact of the Future Climate on Earth and Ecosystems
  • Impact of the Future Climate on the Human Species and Human Activities
  • Adaptation of the Human Species and Human Activities

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit the written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

PSXDE POSTGRADUATE THESIS

Module code: PSXDE

ECTS Credit Points: 40

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module general description: The research objects utilized in writing a thesis are harmoniously integrated into the main orientations of the program, that is, the sustainable management and protection of the environment, the management, and control of infrastructure works, buildings, public urban spaces, landscape, cities, of productive activities and the mitigation of climate change of the adaptation to it.

From the rankings of the three-member committees, the Director of the program determines a list of potential supervisors, i.e. SEPs whose subject areas correspond to the subject areas and objectives of the curriculum, and asks them to send up to 5 subject areas or proposed titles at the beginning of each calendar year. The titles are compiled and posted on the educational platform. A file of the potential supervisors’ details and backgrounds is also posted.

Students electronically select up to 3 desired titles and the corresponding subject areas. The Director makes the allocation of supervisors to students before the beginning of each academic year, i.e. the A’ and B’ supervisors are assigned.

The theory and practice used to further deepen the student’s knowledge are based to some extent on the materials modules. However, for further deepening and acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills, the student, in collaboration with the supervisor, studies work from the relevant literature. This process usually takes 2-3 months. In total three intermediate reports are submitted to the educational platform. The 1st contains the structure and timetable proposal of the thesis, as well as the bibliography overview. The 2nd and 3rd reports are submitted approximately every two months. Each report contains the work completed up to that point. The report is posted after the supervisor’s comments have been incorporated.

Key subjects of the module are the set of all subjects of individual modules as they are written in the respective outlines.

Learning Outcomes: The students who will successfully complete the module:

  • they will have obtained a deep knowledge of the subject of their subject to the extent that they will be able to comfortably and fluently read and acquire information on cutting-edge research topics from publications in research journals of the respective research area.
  • they will be able to give high level seminars in which they will be able to explain their subject clearly and to answer related questions from other scientists.

General Regulation for Preparing Graduate Dissertations in PC with an annual Module Correspondence

For more information regarding the Specifications – Useful Material for writing Master’s Theses and uploading a Thesis at the H.O.U. Repository, you can go to the Digital Training Area http://study.eap.gr and especially to the Program of Studies section.

Prerequisites: The presentation of the Postgraduate Thesis takes place after the successful completion of the program’s Course Thematic Units.

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