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Waste Management – Thematic Units

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DIA50: NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND POLLUTION

Module code: DIA50

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module general description: The purpose of the thematic unit is the education in understanding of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that take place in the terrestrial, marine and atmospheric environment in combination with the presence of pollutants, in assessing the quality of the environment and environmental conditions and in the assessment of impacts from the disposal of wastes in the environment.

  • The soil environment as waste receiver (soil structure and characteristics, soil pollution, transport and degradation processes of pollutants, soil and underground pollution, groundwater quality).
  • The marine and aquatic environment as waste receiver (marine pollution and pollutants, sources of marine pollution, pollutant classification and physicochemical properties, transport and degradation processes of pollutants in the marine environment, eutrophication, oil pollution, microplastic pollution).
  • The atmosphere as waste receiver (the atmosphere: composition and physicochemical characteristics, pollutant classification and sources, dispersion of air pollutants in the atmosphere, transboundary transport of atmospheric pollution, chemistry of the atmosphere, troposphere and air pollutants, the behaviour of particles in the atmosphere, photochemical smog, ozone depletion, greenhouse effect, acid rain).
  • Waste disposal and environmental impacts (impacts of gaseous and particulate emissions on the environment, impacts of organic microcontaminants (pesticides, etc.) and inorganic contaminants (heavy metals, nutrients, etc), pollution indicators, climate change, the greenhouse effect, sea-level rising, desertification, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, effects-toxicity of pollutants and particles on living organisms. Impacts of wastes on land. Mechanisms of entry and pollution indicators. Surface water pollution. Soil pollution. Aquifer pollution. Impacts on biosocieties. Impacts on public health, impact assessment studies, risk assessment studies).

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, students should deepen their knowledge into :

  • the understanding of the physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that take place in the terrestrial, sea and atmospheric environment in relation to the presence of pollutants.
  • the assessment of the quality of the environment and the environmental conditions.
  • the determination of the effects of waste disposal on the environment

Subjects covered:

  • The terrestrial environment as a recipient of waste
  • The marine environment as a recipient of waste
  • The atmosphere as a recipient of waste
  • Waste disposal and its effects on the environment

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit five (5) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the five (5) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the five (5) assignments and (b) at least three (3) of the five (5) written assignments have been submitted.

 

DIA51: SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

Module code: DIA51

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st/2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module general description: The purpose of the thematic unit is the acquisition of comprehensive knowledge of all issues related to Solid Waste Management. This includes gaining knowledge of relevant legislation, as well as of the alternative technologies that can be used for the optimum management of solid waste in order to protect public health and the environment. The thematic unit examines three types of waste: (a) non-hazardous solid waste, (b) hazardous waste and (c) agricultural waste. The first two categories concern both municipal and industrial waste depending on the risk they pose. The technologies are described and evaluated both in terms of technical and economic feasibility and in terms of environmental impact. By completing this Thematic Unit, students will be able to propose and evaluate alternative solid waste management scenarios regardless of their origin. 

Learning Outcomes: With this thematic unit, students will gain a complete picture of the issues related to solid waste management. Specifically, they will be able to:

  • Determine the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of solid waste produced by settlements as well as productive activities such as agriculture and mining activity.
  • Get acquainted with the existing legislation, but also the way it is structured and its trends.
  • Design the basic features of a solid waste collection system.
  • Design the basic features of a recycling system.
  • Design the basic features of a landfill site.
  • Assess the economic and environmental parameters of alternative waste treatment systems (mechanical separation, thermal methods with emphasis on combustion, biological methods such as composting and anaerobic digestion) and compare alternative management scenarios based on these technologies.
  • Assess construction and mining waste management issues.
  • Assess special waste management issues (car tires, electronic and electric waste, oils, batteries, etc.).
  • Assess the characteristics that render a waste hazardous (e.g. reactivity, corrosiveness, explosiveness, toxicity, radioactivity, etc.).
  • Recommend hazardous waste management methods (e.g. stabilization/solidification).
  • Propose methods for contaminated soils remediation.
  • Propose methods of management of agricultural and livestock solid waste.
  • Particular emphasis is placed on the possibility of utilizing solid waste for the production of energy and useful materials within the framework of the principles of a circular economy.

Subjects covered:

  • Household and other non-hazardous wastes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Solid agricultural wastes

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit five (5) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the five (5) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the five (5) assignments and (b) at least three (3) of the five (5) written assignments have been submitted.

 

DIA60: LIQUID WASTE MANAGEMENT

Module code: DIA60

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st/2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module general description: The purpose of this thematic unit is the acquisition of comprehensive knowledge of issues related to Wastewater Management. After the successful completion of the three sections of the thematic unit on “Urban Wastewater”, “Industrial Wastewater”, and “Agricultural Wastewater”, students will be able to understand: the qualitative characteristics of urban wastewater, the legislative framework referring to wastewater and environmental protection, pre-processing, primary-, secondary- and tertiary treatment of urban wastewater, the design of an urban wastewater treatment unit, the qualitative-quantitative characteristics of industrial wastewater, as well as the physical, chemical, biological processes of industrial wastewater treatment, ways and methodologies of disposal and reuse of urban and industrial wastewater, as well as of agricultural wastewater, wastewater from mining-metallurgical activities as well as the prevention of pollution from various industrial activities.

Learning Outcomes: After the successful completion of the three modules, the students will acquire the necessary knowledge and will be able to understand in depth

  • the quality characteristics of municipal wastewater
  • the legislative framework referring to wastewater and environmental protection
  • pre-treatment, primary, secondary, tertiary treatment of municipal wastewater
  • the design of an urban wastewater treatment plant
  • the qualitative-quantitative characteristics of industrial wastewater, as well as the physical, chemical, biological treatment processes of industrial wastewater
  • ways and methodologies of disposal and reuse of urban and industrial wastewater, as well as of agricultural wastewater
  • wastewater from mining-metallurgical activity as well as pollution from various industrial activities.

Subjects covered:

  • Urban wastewaters
  • Industrial wastewaters
  • Agricultural wastewaters

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit five (5) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the five (5) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the five (5) assignments and (b) at least three (3) of the five (5) written assignments have been submitted.

 

DIA61: MANAGEMENT OF AIR POLLUTANTS

Module code: DIA61

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st/2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module general description:

The aim of the course is Education on:

  • the determination of the sources and characteristics of atmospheric pollutants.
  • air pollution control technologies.
  • the technologies of treatment of air pollutants and decontamination.
  • the analytical methods for the determination of air pollutants.

 Learning Outcomes:

The course offers an overview of the phenomena treated by environmental physics and deals with the basic principles and laws of physics underlying these phenomena. Upon completion of the course the students should be able to:

  • clarify the main sources of air pollution (industrial and urban) and the pollutants that are released in their country, as well as from wider areas.
  • informed about the spirit of the laws, the content and the future development (trend) of the laws that refer to both emissions and air quality.
  • understand the design principles of containment systems for both gaseous and particulate pollutants.
  • assess and where appropriate propose/select a technology to solve an air pollution problem from a point (industrial) source.
  • understand and apply basic principles of atmospheric sampling and measurement of both gaseous and particulate pollutants.
  • evaluate the results of air pollutant measurements in terms of human health risks and air quality indicators.

Subjects covered:

  • atmospheric pollutants and their emission control technology.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit five (5) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the five (5) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

 

DIADE POSTGRADUATE THESIS

Module code: DIADE

ECTS Credit Points: 40

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

General Description:

The research topics used by the Program for postgraduate diploma theses are part of the orientations of the four (4) Modules: DIA50 (Natural Environment and Pollution), DIA51 (Solid Waste Management), DIA60 (Liquid Waste Management), and DIA61 (Management of Gaseous Pollutants).

The Director of the Postgraduate Study Program composes groups of related subjects, on the basis of which the students submit a proposal for elaboration. The initial subject declaration is made by the student who declares three preferred subjects from the specific thesis subjects or other subjects after consultation with a thesis supervisor.

The Director of the Postgraduate Study Program appoints the supervising member of the thesis (supervisor A’) and also the second member of the evaluation committee for each submitted thesis proposal, as long as she/he meets the basic academic requirements. Then, Supervisor A’, in collaboration with the student, finalizes the postgraduate thesis topic and its basic contents in the digital education platform of HOU, within the first month of elaboration and gives the final approval. Thesis subject modification is possible only within the first month of elaboration. In such a case, an official request is submitted for approval to the Director of the Postgraduate Study Program, with the necessary documentation provided by Supervisor A’ with notification also to the second member of the evaluation committee.

In the case of approval by the Director of the Postgraduate Study Program, the relevant administrative department is informed accordingly.

In order to substantially deepen their study and acquire specialized knowledge and skills, the student, in collaboration with Supervisor A’, collects bibliography, studies, evaluates and compiles international relevant literature from bibliographic databases and other reliable recognized sources of literature during the first months of elaboration (usually 2-3 months). The thesis is then elaborated and is also checked during different stages, both by Supervisor A’ and by the second evaluator.

The student is required to submit two progress reports before the final submission of the thesis for evaluation. The 1st progress report is submitted within 2 months from the start of elaboration and must include: a. description of the objective of the thesis, b. description of thesis innovation (what the thesis adds to existing knowledge), and relevant bibliography that the student should have searched for, c. analysis of the experimental process in case of experimental thesis, d. outline of content, and the 2nd progress report, one month before the final submission for evaluation. Supervisor A’ evaluates each progress report by writing specific comments and accepts it or not. The rejection of 2 reports is a strong indication of failure to complete the postgraduate thesis during the current academic year. In any case, the members of the evaluation committee are solely responsible for judging whether the student has successfully completed the thesis and can defend it. For any problem that may arise, the Director of the Postgraduate Study Program should be informed.

Experimental theses are carried out wherever possible, while students undertaking non-experimental theses are encouraged to elaborate case studies with clear innovation characteristics. Extensive summaries summarizing the findings and conclusions from selected postgraduate diploma theses prepared in Master’s Programs of the School of Science and Technology (SST) are published in its scientific bulletin (https://sst.eap .gr/sstbulletin/), while in collaboration with their supervisors, students are encouraged to publish their theses in peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or international and national conferences.

Learning Outcomes:

The students who will successfully complete the module of the postgraduate thesis:

  • will be able to use bibliography from bibliographic databases, evaluate and synthesize data and write a scientific text in the form of a thesis – theoretical, applied or experimental – which will be presented in the form of a written text, with the necessary figures, diagrams, photos and images.
  • will be able to synthesize and use the knowledge acquired during their studies and deepen their study subject.
  • will be able to clearly present scientific data related to their study subject and answer relevant 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 Diploma Thesis takes place after the successful completion of the program’s Course Modules.

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