Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology: Curriculum

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Elective Module 1 (M15)
German / kMod
7.50
-
Elective Module 1 Environmental Management 1 (M151)
German / kMod
7.50
-
Environmental economics (UON)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Environmental economics - introduction

Methodology

Lecture, group discussions

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • describe environmental problems from an economic perspective
  • contrast pros and cons of certain environmental policy instruments and basic methods for evaluating environmental resources

Course contents

  • Environmental problems from an economic perspective
  • Environmental policy instruments and their specific strengths and weaknesses
  • Basic methods for evaluating environmental resources

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of microeconomics favourable but not necessary.

Literature

  • Teaching documents of the lecturer

Assessment methods

  • Final exam
Inorganic Chemistry (AOCH)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Repetition and deepening of the basics of inorganic chemistry.

Methodology

lecture, short exercises

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • to explain physicochemical properties of elements and their compounds by means of the periodic table
  • to formulate stoichiometric correct chemical reactions with the help of chemical equations and to use them for further calculations
  • to explain environmentally relevant processes on the basis of chemical principles

Course contents

  • Periodic Table, Types of Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Chemical Balance, Inorganic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Electrochemistry

Prerequisites

General basics of chemistry

Literature

  • Mortimer, Charles E. (2014): Chemie, Thieme Verlag
  • Wawra, E. / Dolznig, H. / Müllner, E. (2009): Chemie verstehen, UTB Stuttgart

Assessment methods

  • written exam
Sustainable Product Management (NPM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

This lecture will provide the basics in state-of-the-art product management as well as strategies to improve the sustainability of products

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the basics of state-of-the-art product management
  • present possible improvements in the development of sustainable products
  • explain the aims of eco labels in product management strategies

Course contents

  • basic concepts in product management, market analysis, market positioning, aspects of product design, business cases, marketing, sustainable product development, ecolabeling

Prerequisites

Basics in environmental management, waste management, environmental law

Literature

  • Teaching documents

Assessment methods

  • Written Exam
Elective Module Ecotoxicology 1 (M152)
German / kMod
7.50
-
Aquatic Ecotoxicology (ATOX)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Structure and function of aquatic ecological systems.Deepening molecular biology concepts & modes of action in ecotoxicology applications.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain structures and functions of aquatic ecological systems and to describe possible influences of chemicals on aquatic Systems
  • categorize possible mode of actions of chemicals on organisms
  • compare the validity of ecotoxicological assays and to discuss possible implications critically
  • to extend already existing knowledge about basic biological mechanisms with newly acquired concepts of molecular biology with relevance in ecotoxicology.
  • to explain essential relevant concepts of molecular biology and to apply them to theoretical questions of ecotoxicology.

Course contents

  • Structure and function of ecological systems in aqueous environment; leading substances, leading organisms, types, analysis and assessment of ecotoxicological assays, molecular biology concepts & modes of action in ecotoxicology applications.

Prerequisites

- Chemistry- Ecology- Environmental chemistry- Environmental law - Basics of biological mechanisms - basics molecular biology

Literature

  • Fent, K. (2013):Ökotoxikologie, Thieme Verlag
  • Newman, M. (2014): Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Taylor & Francis Inc.
  • Alberts, B. et. al. (2014): Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th ed., Garland Science.

Assessment methods

  • End exam
  • Self assessment tests
Lab Aquatic Ecotoxicology (LTOX)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00

Course description

In this course, the students learn the practical handling of common ecotoxicologically relevant test systems/test organisms on different trophic levels.

Methodology

Acute toxicity tests according to OECD guidelines

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • Independent sample preparation and performance of ecotoxicological tests
  • Using the test systems bacteria, algae, artemia, daphnia and zebrafish according to OECD guidelines to determine the acute toxicity
  • create dose-response curves based on effects of selected pesticides on test organisms
  • Choosing the appropriate test system for a given problem
  • write reports according to IMRAD structure

Course contents

  • Performance of ecotoxicological standard tests
  • Analysis and evaluation of specific questions
  • Documentation and writing of reports

Prerequisites

Laboratory experience in chemistry or molecular biology.

Literature

  • Fomin, A. / Oehlmann, J. (2003): Praktikum zur Ökotoxikologie,ecomed
  • Fent, K. (2013):Ökotoxikologie, Thieme Verlag
  • Newman, M. (2014): Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Taylor & Francis Inc.

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method, protocols, group discussion
Selected Topics of Ecotoxicology (STOX)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00
Module (M12)
German / kMod
7.50
-
Environmental Law and Standards (URN)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

imparting knowledge of structure, system and terminology of the Austrian environmental law

Methodology

lecture, examples, discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • illustrate and explicate the Austrian environmental law
  • deal with simple legal facts e.g. in the field of the law in chemisty, water or waste industry and evaluate it in general
  • by given basic conditions estimate which legal consequencies may arise

Course contents

  • main features of the Austrian environmental law

Prerequisites

knowledge of the European/Austrian law system

Literature

  • Ennöckl, Daniel [Hrsg.], Handbuch Umweltrecht, facultas 2019
  • Schnedl, Gerhard, Umweltrecht im Überblick, facultas 2014
  • Kommentar zum Umweltrecht (UmwR), Genehmigungstatbestände zu GewO, AWG, WRG, MinroG, UVP-G, EisbG, BStG uva, Lexis Nexis, 2014
  • Das neue Einstufungs- und Kennzeichnungssystem für Chemikalien nach GHS, Umweltbundesamt 2009
  • Leitfaden „Reach in der Praxis“, WKO 2008
  • Bumberger, Hinterwirth, WRG Wasserrechtsgesetz Kommentar, Stand 01.01.2008, NVW Wien, Graz 2008
  • Norer, Roland [Hrsg.], Handbuch des Agrarrechts, Springer Wien, 2005, Kapitel I. Wasserrecht S. 329 - 362
  • Berl/Forster, Abfallwirtschaftsrecht, RFG-Schriftenreihe (2016) – Download unter https://gemeindebund.at/website2016/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/RFG_5-2016-Abfallwirtschaftsrecht.pdf

Assessment methods

  • end exam
Metrology and Research (incl. lab) (LMVW)
German / ILV, UE
4.50
3.00
Module Ecotoxicology (M13)
German / iMod
9.00
-
Ecology (OEK)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Ecology basics

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • estimate consequences of human action on ecosystems
  • analyze the main influencing factors on terrestric and aquatic ecosystems
  • suggest ecological compatible technical measures in the context of environmental management systems

Course contents

  • Autecology (Abiotic und biotic factors, niche-concepts, adaptions of organisms to environmental conditions)
  • Demecology (Populations, estimation of population sizes, competition and other interactions between populations.)
  • Synecology (ecosystem-construction, succession, anthropogenic influences, environmental, species and biotop protection, concepts for ressource-management)

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in- Biology- Chemistry- Physics- Mathematics

Literature

  • W. Nentwig/S.Bacher/R. Brandl (2007): Ökologie kompakt, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
  • Nentwig/Bacher/Beierkuhnlein/Brandl/Grabherr (2004): Ökologie, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag/Gustav Fischer
  • Eugene P. Odum (1999): Ökologie, Grundlagen, Standorte, Anwendung, Thieme Verlag
  • Townsend/Harper/Begon. (2003): Ökologie, Springer Verlag
  • R. Wittig/B. Streit (2004): Ökologie (UTB Basics) Verlag Eugen Ulmer
  • J.B. Harborne (1995): Ökologische Biochemie (Eine Einführung) Springer Verlag
  • W. Endlicher (2012): Einführung in die Stadtökologie: Grundzüge des urbanen Mensch-Umwelt-Systems, Eugen Ulmer KG

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Environmental Chemistry (UCH)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Basics in Environmental Chemistry

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain transport processes in and between the environmental compartments water, air and soil
  • discuss potential risks of relevant chemicals in the environment highlighting the respective chemical structure of these chemicals
  • explain local as well global environmental problems (e.g. global warming, ozone) in a generally understandable manner

Course contents

  • Environmental compartments: air, water, soil;
  • Transport and distribution of chemicals in the Environment
  • Effects in the biosphere

Prerequisites

- Basics in Chemistry and Ecology

Literature

  • Bliefert, C. (2010): Umweltchemie, Wiley-VCH VerlagLecture´s scripts

Assessment methods

  • End exam
Introduction to Ecotoxicology (ÖKTOX)
German / VO
1.50
1.00

Course description

Impact of harmful chemical substances on humans, the environment and ecosystems. Risk potential assessment of harmful substances on cellular tisssue, organs, organisms, populations and ecosystems

Methodology

Lecture, group work

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • estimate potential effects of harmful substances on protected assests such as air, water and soil
  • estimate effects of chemicals on the level of a cell, cell tissues, organs and on organisms and a population
  • to determine exposure time, accumulation and biomagnification of chemicals
  • to examine the potential to cause harm to humans
  • to name representative organisms for ecotoxicity test from the trophic levels in ecosystems

Course contents

  • Effect and fate of chemicals in the environmental compartments and the ecosystem. Effects on the human body.

Prerequisites

Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Zell biology

Literature

  • Fent, K.: Ökotoxikologie, Thieme Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Modul exam
Organic Chemistry (OCHEM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Organic Chemistry - Overview with focus on Environmental Management & Ecotoxicology

Methodology

lecture, exercises, presentations:

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • specify the most important functional groups in organic chemistry and to evaluate and reproduce their reactivity in accordance with their physicochemical properties (polarity, intermolecular forces, stability).
  • name organic molecules in accordance with IUPAC nomenclature and to deduce their chemical structure thereof
  • name and explain the structural differences of proteins, lipids and carbohydrate and to infer their biological importance

Course contents

  • Nomenclature of organic compounds, reactions and characteristic properties of carbohydrates and their functional groups, intermolecular forces between organic molecules, organic polymers and specific additives

Prerequisites

Basics in chemistry

Literature

  • lecture´s scripts
  • Mortimer, C. (2014): Chemie: Das Basiswissen der Chemie, Thieme Verlag

Assessment methods

  • intermediate test 15%, final test 80%, presentation 5%, bonus points for active participation, intermediate and finale exam (both written) have to be positive.
Module Renewable Energy and Environmental Management (M11)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Introduction to Environmental Management (UME)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

The course gives an overview about the basics, contexts, needs and responsibilities for environmental management. Overview of operational aspects of environmental protection.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the aims and characteristics of environmental management Systems
  • perform an initial environmental Review
  • create an environmental policy according to EMAS and ISO 14001

Course contents

  • Introduction to the environmental Management
  • Overview of Management Systems
  • The nature and content of the initial environmental review
  • Creating an Environmental Policy according to EMAS and ISO 14001

Prerequisites

Waste management, environmental law and standards

Literature

  • Dimitroff-Regatschnig,H. (2008):Handbuch – Organisation des Umweltmanagements – Umweltpolitik – interne-externe Kommunikation, Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
  • Dimitroff-Regatschnig,H. (2008): Ist-Analyse:direkte & indirekte Umweltaspekte – Darstellung der Ziele und Maßnahmen im Umweltprogramm, Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
  • European Parliament (2013): EMAS Guidance on the identification of environmental aspects and assessment of their significance,
  • Lecture scripts

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and written end exam
Renewable Energy (incl. Lab) (ENE)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Overview about renewable energy technologies and their economic frame conditions (market, costs)

Methodology

Theoretical lectures and practical laboratory exercises

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • compare renewable energy technologies in the context of economic conditions
  • explain the physical and thermodynamic principles of laboratory settings of renewable energy technologies

Course contents

  • Solar energy, wind energy, biomass, hydropower, energy relevant building technologies, heat pumps, smart grids

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in physics in energy, thermydynamics

Literature

  • Quaschning,V. (2011): Regenerative Energiesysteme, Hanser Verlag, München

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method in lab and written end exam
Waste Management (AMM)
German / VO
1.50
1.00

Course description

Knowledge of waste management in Austria.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • give an overview on waste categories and recycling technologies taking into account relevant legal Basis
  • characterize waste generation and waste utilization in companies
  • perform tasks as environment officer in the context of a waste management concept

Course contents

  • Waste Management
  • Waste Generation
  • Waste utilization
  • Recycling Technologies
  • Waste management in companies
  • Tasks of the waste or environment officer
  • Waste management concept

Prerequisites

- Chemistry- Environmental law

Literature

  • List, W. / Doralt, W. (2015): KODEX Abfallrecht und ÖKO-Audit, Lexis Nexis Verlag
  • Bundesabfallwirtschaftsplan (2011), Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
  • Cord-Landwehr, K. (2010): Einführung in die Abfallwirtschaft, Vieweg + Teubner Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method including case study and written end exam
Module Tutorials (M10)
German / kMod
-
-
Tutorial Chemical Calculations (TCHRE)
German / TUT
-
1.00

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Elective Module 2 (M24)
German / kMod
12.00
-
Elective Module Ecotoxicology 2 (M242)
German / kMod
12.00
-
Current Topics of Ecotoxicology (AKTOX)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Actual topics within ecotoxiclogy are discussed.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • assess the persistency, bioaccumulation and toxicity of a substance (according to REACH)
  • calculate or use physical chemical parameters of substances to explain the distribution and fate of chemicals in the environment
  • actively discuss actual topics of ecotoxicology (e.g. siloxanes, nanotechnology)

Course contents

  • Nanotechnology
  • PBT substances
  • POP substances

Prerequisites

ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry

Literature

  • Lehrunterlagen der Lehrenden

Assessment methods

  • End exam
Regulatory Ecotoxicology - REACH (RTOX)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

Course description

REACH Introduction, Classification and Labelling of substances (CLP-regulation)

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • classify and label chemicals (according to CLP regulation) for the environment
  • explain and apply regulatory information of chemcials (REACH)

Course contents

  • Classification and Labelling of chemicals (environment), risk assessment, case studies

Prerequisites

chemistry, environmental chemistry, ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental law

Literature

  • Scripts of lecturers

Assessment methods

  • End exam
Terrestrial Ecotoxicology (incl. Lab) (TTOX)
German / ILV
7.00
4.00
Elective Module Environmental Management 2 (M241)
German / kMod
12.00
-
Environmental Management 1 (UME1)
German / ILV
4.00
2.00
Environmental Management Project 1 (UMPRJ1)
German / PRJ
5.00
2.00

Course description

Development of an environmental management system as a teamwork under supervision for a given company as well as identification of a technical implementation project

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • develop an environmental management system and to document and discuss all important steps
  • identify possible technical improvement step and to plan in detail the implementation

Course contents

  • elements of environmental management system according to hand-book, technical implementation project

Prerequisites

Introduction to environmental management, Environmental Management 2. Semester, environmental law

Literature

  • Lehrunterlagen der Lehrenden

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method
Waste Management Industry and Circular Economy (EKW)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Principles of ecologically and economically reasonable material flow management

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the principles of the recycling management
  • suggest technological feasible waste treatment processes based on the hierarchical waste management model
  • perform simplified life cycle assessments of waste products

Course contents

  • Hierarchical waste management model, zero waste, zero emission, waste avoidance, waste recovery, material flow analysis, life cycle assessment

Prerequisites

Chemistry, ecology, environmental law

Literature

  • Kranert, M. / Cord-Landwehr, K. (2010): Einführung in die Abfallwirtschaft, Vieweg+Teubner Verlag
  • Thome-Kozmiensky, K. / Goldmann, D. (2013): Recycling und Rohstoffe, TK-Verlag
  • Thome-Kozmiensky, K. / Beckmann, M. (2010): Energie aus Abfall, TK-Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Module Environmental Chemistry (M21)
German / iMod
7.50
-
Current Topics of Ecology including Excursions (ATOEK)
German / UE
1.00
1.00

Course description

Field trips and advanced seminar dealing with recent topics and developments in ecology and environmental management. Introduction seminar

Methodology

Field trips, Seminar, Group discussion, Excursion protocol

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • To familiarize with current topics of ecology and environmental management

Course contents

  • Recent topics in ecology and environmental management

Prerequisites

Ecology Ecotoxicology Environmental chemistry Environmental management

Literature

  • Publications

Assessment methods

  • Exkursion protocol
Specific Application of Metrology and Environmental Technology (incl. Lab) (SAUT)
German / ILV
3.50
2.00

Course description

Special Applications of environmental techniques and environmental chemistrty; lab course; students work independently on experiments;

Methodology

techniques and experiments in the chemical and cell culture lab;

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • transfer and count eucaryotic cells under the hood, apply staining techniques, observe the cells under the microscope and document their findings;
  • determine the water quality of a sample by chemical experiments;
  • explain the principle and different steps (biological, chemical, mechanical) of a waste water treatment and to define strategies for improvement;
  • document, analyse, interprete and discuss the results (protocoll, IMRAD structure);
  • collect, determine and treat or dispose chemical waste under safety conditions, and to perform chemical calculations;
  • test soil samples by chromatographical methods, and determine the cation-binding- capacity.

Prerequisites

Chemistry, ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental legislation;

Literature

  • scripts and other material provided by the lecturers;

Assessment methods

  • exam, worksheets, protocols;
Specific Environmental Chemistry (SU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Specific topics of environmental chemistry are discussed in plenum based on student presentations

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • evaluate possible transfer and transformation processes in the environment of chemicals as well as their impact on environmental compartments
  • explain techniques and treatments to reduce or abolish environmental hazards
  • make themselves familiar with new topics using primary literature in environmental chemistry and to present the most important findings in oral form in English

Course contents

  • Environmental compartments; sources, sinks of pollutants; element cycles;
  • Transport and distribution of chemicals in the environment
  • Effects in the biosphere, techniques and treatments to reduce or abolish environmental hazards
  • presentation/discussion of current environmental topics;

Prerequisites

Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Ecology

Literature

  • Bliefert, C. (2010): Umweltchemie, Wiley-VCH Verlag
  • scripts, literature and other material of students and lecturers;

Assessment methods

  • presentation (30%), discussion (15%), exam (55%)
Module Environmental Engineering (M22)
German / kMod
4.50
-
Life cycle management (LCM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Course attandants learn about Life Cycle Management as a concept to apply sustainability to the life cycle of products.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain concepts of life cycle managements as integrated concepts of sustainable products and services on the entire life cycle and to assess case studies
  • apply sustainability assessment methodologies on given products or services

Course contents

  • Business and natural science life cycle
  • Life cycle stages of products
  • End of life relevance
  • Assessment of environmental impacts
  • Case studies

Prerequisites

recycling technology, ecology, environmental chemistry, environmental law

Assessment methods

  • Exam and exercise
Recycling Engineering (RT)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Principles of available recycling technologies

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the principles of available recycling technologies
  • describe the implementation of recycling technologies with automated processes

Course contents

  • Logistics, recycling-technologies, pre-treatments, principles of material recycling

Prerequisites

Chemistry, ecology, environmental law, waste manage

Literature

  • Martens, H. (2010): Recyclingtechnik, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Module Management (M23)
German / iMod
6.00
-
Development of Business Cases for Environmental Projects (EBCU)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

By preparing a Business Case students will develop a basic understanding of an organization's need for a comprehensive elaboration on a complex issue before taking a decision. This elaboration shall comprise positive as well as negative bullet points including a financial evaluation.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • prepare a business case and they will develop a basic understanding of an organization's need for a comprehensive elaboration on a complex issue before taking a decision

Course contents

  • Basics of Business Case development
  • Preparing an organization for change
  • Execution of a Business Case project

Prerequisites

According to the position of the course in the programme.

Literature

  • Teaching documents

Assessment methods

  • Group assessment of cooperation process, quality of the resulting product (content and formal quality), presentation of the outcome.
Ecologically oriented Business Administration (OEU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Project and Risk management (PRM)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Overwiew on established methods of active project control, performance measurement and risk management.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the basics of figure bases project controlling
  • explain the need of comprehensive project-risk management
  • able to apply respective risk management techniques company internally as well as externally

Course contents

  • Earned value calculation of projects
  • Basic techniques of internal and external project risk management

Prerequisites

- Basics of cost accounting - Basics of project management

Literature

  • Rattay, G. / Patzak G. (2008): Projektmanagement, Linde Verlag
  • Wanner, R. (2013): Earned Value Management, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Wanner, R. (2013): Risikomanagement für Projekte, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment
  • Written exam

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Elective Module 3 (M33)
German / kMod
19.00
-
Elective Module Ecotoxicology 3 (M332)
German / kMod
19.00
-
Applied Research Project in Ecotoxicology (AFTOX)
German / PRJ
10.00
1.00
Endocrinal Substances - Endocrine Disrupters (incl. Lab) (ESU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment

Methodology

* Presentation* team discussions* film

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • * develop testing strategies for endocrine substances in the environent

Course contents

  • Endocrine disruptors Definition, presence in the environment, substance classes. Difference of ED and toxic substances. Introduction of Methods to evaluate ED substance

Prerequisites

basic knowlege ecotoxicology

Literature

  • * presentations* literature (CIS)

Assessment methods

  • written test
Epigenetics (EGEN)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

The fundamental principles of epigenetics are presented and considered in the context of the environment. Current publications on epigenetics are presented by students and discussed in the lecture.

Methodology

Fontal lecture, presentations from students

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • describe epigenetic processes in a cell
  • understand the links between genome and the environment at the epigenetic level
  • employ biochemical methods to analyze epigenetic processes

Course contents

  • advanced cell biology
  • epigenetics
  • genome & epigenome
  • biochemical methods in epigenetics

Prerequisites

knowledge of the basics of cellbiology

Literature

  • presentations and literature on moodle

Assessment methods

  • Basis for grading are collaboration, presentatons (30%) and a final written examination (70%).
Green Chemistry (GCH)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

The objective of the seminar is to provide chemical knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts in the context of sustainable production and use of chemicals (“Green chemistry”).

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • • explain the key concepts of green (sustainable) chemistry• understand and interpret the causality between chemical stricture and ecologically relevant properties of substances• understand and use aspects of sustainability in the context of chemical processes (thermodynamics, kinetics, synthetic design)• understand and apply criteria and monitoring of sustainability in the chemical-technical problems• identify and estimate the potential of renewable resources and carbon dioxide in the context of green production of chemicals

Course contents

  • 1. Chemicals – structure - properties Recap of structural chemistry; identification of functional groups; understanding of the causality between structure and properties of chemicals; elementary knowledge of structure-activity relationships (QSARs); application illustrated by examples.2. Processes – resources – waste:Introduction to chemical process design (reaction equations, thermodynamics, kinetic, synthesis principles); aspects of resource and energy efficiency and prevention of waste illustrated by examples.3. Sustainability in chemicals management: Teaching of relevant parameters for the description of sustainability in chemical synthesis and products (e.g. atomic economy, energy efficiency, eco-balance, LCA); application illustrated on simple practical examples.4. Renewable resources and carbon dioxide chemistry:Summary of renewable resources as raw materials for chemical production; platform chemicals of bio-refineries; biomass-based chemical production as an alternative to petro-chemistry; ecological and ethical issues (e.g. competition with food production); elemental carbon dioxide chemistry5. Application of the principles of green chemistry as key parameters for sustainable chemicals management

Prerequisites

Basics in chemistry, regulatory ecotoxicology, understanding of technical article in English language

Literature

  • lecture material provided by lecturer

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Regulatory Ecotoxicology of Pesticides (RPTOX)
German / UE
1.50
1.00

Course description

This course gives an overview on the key stakeholders (authorities, industry, farmers, and consumers) and their interests in the context of regulatory ecotoxicology.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • • explain the key terms from the regulatory ecotoxicology of pesticides. • extract and interpret pesticide data for the risk for the aquatic environment from the relevant European regulatory documents (DAR, RAR, Efsa conclusions).• explain the difference between „hazard“ and „risk“ originating from a pesticide.• name the main entry pathways of pesticides into the environment in general and into water bodies in particular and associate these with the matching exposition patterns.• calculate and interpret the risk for aquatic organisms that arises from the use of a pesticide, following the tiered approach.• to propose and to justify higher tiered studies, if no safe use can be demonstrated at tier one.• to give an overview on the key stakeholders (authorities, industry, farmers, consumers) and their interests in the context of regulatory ecotoxicology

Course contents

  • European regulatory documents (DAR, RAR, efsa conclusions), entry pathways of pesticides, exposition patterns, tiered approach of risk assessment, key stakeholders in regulatory ecotoxicology

Prerequisites

Aquatic and terrestric ecotoxicology, environmental law, regulatory ecotoxicology

Literature

  • learning documents provided by lecturer

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Elective Module Environmental Management 3 (M331)
German / kMod
19.00
-
Applied Research Project in Environmental Management (AFUME)
German / PRJ
10.00
1.00
CSR and Sustainability Reporting (CSRNR)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Standards and regulatory requirements of sustainability reports will be discussed

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • • define key terms such as „sustainability", "CSR", "non-financial reporting", "GRI" and to identify and explain trends and developments in the field of non-financial reporting in the past and future• explain which legal requirements for non-financial reporting are nationally / internationally implemented for companies / organizations and recognize who relate to these requirements and whether the respective company meets these requirements as well as the correct implementation• identify the demands of quality for non-financial reporting in accordance with internationally recognized standards and regulatory requirements; and to compare the quality of different reports from different companies

Course contents

  • EMAS and Sustainability-reporting, Global Compact, Sustainability Accounting Standards, IIRC Framework Standards and trends, ISO 26000, GRI G4, Evaluation NHB Tools, analyzing sustainability-reports and presentation of results with discussion

Prerequisites

Basics in environmental management

Literature

  • learning documents provided by lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Environmental Management 2 (UME2)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00
Environmental Management Project 2 (UMPRJ2)
German / PRJ
4.50
2.00

Course description

This course is the follow up of Environmental Managementproject1. The students have already implemented an environmental management system for an organisation. Now they have to identify and implement a necessary environmental, technical solution.

Methodology

working groups

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • ...identify possible technical potential
  • ...to calculate positive and negativ environmental impact
  • ....convince the responsible Manager
  • ....to implement environmental, technical solutions

Prerequisites

Environmental Management 1 and 2, Environmental Managementproject 1

Assessment methods

  • Attendance is mandatory in this course, only 20% of absence is tolerated. In case more than 20% are missed the first try in the exam is lost.
  • presentation
  • elaborated technical concept
Module Environmental Mediation proceedings and Law (M32)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Media Training (AEA)
German / ILV
1.00
1.00

Course description

The course prepares students to compose short statements in diverse media, to give interviews and to operate in a professional way in difficult moments. Starting points are their own projects or real life situations.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • develop a clear, argued core message from technical issues (for example KISS formula , 5- set technique or checklists).
  • prepare technical topics target group-appropriate - professional public versus general public - in form of interviews and to implement them close to reality (for example the dramaturgy of interview and question hopper).
  • issue written statements/press texts target group-appropriate for specialized topics with a definied text structure.

Course contents

  • Communications strategies
  • “Kiss”-formula
  • Forms of interviews and interview strategies: Print, internet, radio, television interview
  • Preparation of an interview
  • Dramaturgy of an interview
  • Dealing with journalists and the other side (interviewer)
  • Picture and body language, voice and intonation
  • Communication in crisis situations

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Beispiele für Presstexte: www.apa.at, www.pressetext.at, www.reuters.de
  • Fetscherin, Alfred (1999): Keine Angst vor den Medien, Orel Füssli Verlag, Zürich
  • Friedrichs, Jürgen/Schwinges, Ulrich (1999): Das journalistische Interview, Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen/Wiesbaden
  • Lindner, Wilfried (2001): Taschenbuch Pressearbeit, Sauer-Verlag, Heidelberg
  • Miller, Ignaz/Aliesch, Peter/Sutter, Gigi (2007): Respekt vor dem Raubtier. Ein Insider-Handbuch der Medien- und Kommunikationsarbeit, Orell Füssli Verlag, Zürich

Assessment methods

  • Case study (grade)

Anmerkungen

The course consists of 2 parts: 1. Feedback at the end of the presentation of the projects 2. Media training with focus on interviews & written statements

Mediation and Conflict Management in the Environmental Sector (MKU)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Assessment methods

  • Attendance is mandatory in this course, only 20% of absence is tolerated. In case more than 20% are missed the first try in the exam is lost.
Procedural Law and Dealing with Public Authorities (VUB)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Principal purpose of the course is to teach the legal backgrounds for dealing with environmental proceedings. Content is the precedural law as well as the material (substantive) law. Furhter practical hints for dealing with (local) authorities are given.

Methodology

Lecture with power pointLecture notesPractical cases

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • apply Austrian environmental law and the according procedural law in practice

Course contents

  • Austrian procedural and material legislation, such as:The General Administrative Procedures ActThe Industrial CodeThe law on Environmental Impact AssessmentThe Waste ActNature Protection Act and the Water ActFurthermore basics of Austrian constitutional law will be coveredFocus will be on application in practice

Prerequisites

Knowlege on environmental law from first semester required.

Literature

  • Skriptum Altenburger zur Einführung in das Recht. Fasching/Schwartz, Verwaltungsverfahrensrecht (WUV)Bachmann, Besonderes Verwaltungsrecht (Springer)

Assessment methods

  • Multiple Choice Test (45 minutes).

Anmerkungen

In case you have any further questions please send an e-mail to dieter.altenburger@jarolim.at

Workplace Safety (AS)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00
Module Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment (M31)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Current Topics of Environmental Management (ATUM)
German / SE
1.50
1.00

Course description

Current topics in Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology are presented by invited speakers. Students get in touch with experts of the private industry and get insights into their work and working environment.

Methodology

Experts talks form civil engineers; invited talks form experts from the private industry, governmental and private institutions. Group discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • reflect and discuss current problems, methods and approaches in Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology

Course contents

  • Renewable Energies
  • Climate Crisis
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Process Safety
  • Green Chemistry
  • National Water Management Plan
  • Environmental Law

Prerequisites

Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Chemistry

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment, group discussion
Energy Management (EM)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

In this course, the basics for operational and urban energy management are taught. These include basic knowledge of energy consumption analysis , energy technologies and legal regulations . The focus is on developing the content of the relevant norm nature and approach for the introduction of an energy management system and to carry out energy audits . Three lecturers guide you through the contents : Dr. Heidelinde Adensam ( BMWFW , basic energy consumption and energy management ) , DI Michael Sattler ( climate coordination Vienna , energy audits ) , Ing Peter Sattler ( Energy Consultant , practical examples ).

Methodology

The theoretical fundamentals are taught by means of a PPT presentation and following the theoretical lecture students will form working groups and elaborate case studies in order to train the implementation of the theoretical heard. Development of case studies will take place during the course supervised by one of the presenters. The results of the case studies will be presented by the working group and feedback from the students and the lecturer follows.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • Energy, power units, energy management systems, municipal energy concepts and energy audits can be defined clearly and unambiguously
  • Contents of the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency and the Austrian EnergyEfficiency Act can be described with regards to energy audits and energy management systems
  • Aim, content, structure, phases, required actions and tasks related to the phases of an energy management system and the role of different stakeholders can be named and described
  • The steps of an energy management system according to ISO 50001 and the necessary actors and their activities for a concrete example can be outlined
  • The necessary steps for implementation of an energy audit according to EN 16247 and the necessary actors and their activities for a concrete example can be outlined
  • Content, meaning and variants of municipal energy concepts can be named
  • A simple municipal energy concept and a simple energy audit can be created as part of a case study

Course contents

  • Basics concerning operational and municipal energy consumption
  • Legal bases in terms of energy management
  • ISO50001 and their application
  • EN16247 and their application

Prerequisites

Useful but not required ist knowledge related the energy and energy consumption.

Assessment methods

  • written test
Instruments for Life Cycle Assessment (IOEKB)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00
Sustainable Business Practices (NW)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

Sustainability in economy and enterprises reflects the discussion in society dealing with changes in the future to better quality of life, and broaches the issue of performance of enterprises to contribute to sustainable development. What people really mean by using the term ‘Sustainability’ depends on their environment und ethic attitudes and differs between societies, cultures and even groups.The lecture addresses the access of students to developments of economy, enterprises and implications for their employees in the future, 2030. Scenarios drawn up are not necessarily positive and show the hopes and fears of the participants. A broad picture of ‘sustainable’ future in economy and society is painted. Finally the future pictures are matched with results of Austrian enterprises shown in reports on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable management. The matching and missing issues will be discussed to strengthen the individual perception and cognition of ‘Sustainability’.

Methodology

Scenario technique creates out of singular expectations in positive and negative developments and changes some kind of holistic model on future. The idea of scenario is combined with Syntegrationsmethodik© (multiple discussion of ‘Lebenswelten’ in rotating small discussion groups) to be able to build up different cases (good, science fiction, worse) which show a jointly agreed picture on and take awareness of future. The benefit of scenario process & syntegration: - shared knowledge based on the discussion in the bigger group, - consensually worked out and detailed statements, - continuously set-up of synergies, - atmosphere of trust to work, - reduction in complexity with networking, - integration of diverse perceptions on future developments.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • ...manage group discussion on future developments and pictures in the 'Lebenswelten' of enterprisesconduct the evaluation (eligibility, probability) of the pictures 'Lebenswelten) and to creatie different scenarios (science fiction, good, worse)present and evaluate Austrian CSR or Sustainability reports

Course contents

  • Presentation 'sustainability in natural science and economy'
  • Group discussion on future developments and pictures in the 'Lebenswelten' of enterprises
  • Evaluation (eligibility, probability) of the pictures 'Lebenswelten) by the students
  • Creation of different scenarios (science fiction, good, worse) by students
  • Presentation scenarios by students
  • Presentation CSR reports (history, guidelines, practise)
  • Transfer of scenarios' results to measures for sustainable enterprises
  • Evaluation of CSR Reports in groups (1 by group)
  • Recommendations for sustainable future in Austrian enterprises

Prerequisites

none

Assessment methods

  • continuous assessment

4. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module Master´s Thesis (M41)
German / kMod
30.00
-
Master´s Thesis (MT)
German / SE
28.00
19.00
Seminar for Master´s Thesis (DS)
German / SE
2.00
1.00

Course description

This seminar offers students a platform for discussion of results and exchange of experiences gathered during their master thesis work.

Methodology

presentation, discussion

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • summarize research design and scientific results adequately and present them to colleagues and lecturers
  • critically assess their work (and that from colleagues) and propose solutions
  • explain and defend methodical choices, results and conclusions obtained during the master´s thesis in a discussion in front of an expert audience

Course contents

  • students present concept and current status of their master projects in front of collegues and lecturers (thesis supervisors)

Prerequisites

lectures of Semesters 1-3, Applied Research Project in Environmental Management/Ecotoxicology

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method (presentation of (concept and results), active participation in discussions of colleagues' presentations)