Ecotoxicology & Environmental Management: Curriculum

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Ecotoxicology (M14)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Introduction to Ecotxicology (OETOX)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Effects of chemical substances on humans, the environment and the ecosystem. Risk assessment at all levels (cell, tissue, organs, organism, population, ecosystem).

Learning outcomes

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

  • - estimate possible effects of pollutants on the protected goods air, soil, water.
  • - possible mechanisms of action of pollutants on cellular, organ, To estimate tissue, organism or population level.
  • - determine duration of exposure, accumulation, degradation, biomagnification of chemical substances.
  • - determine potential risks to humans.
  • - apply mixture toxicity models.
  • - get to know (eco-) toxicity endpoints and interpret dose-response curves.
  • - to assess ecotoxicological studies based on their trustworthiness.

Course contents

  • Effect and fate of pollutants on the environmental compartments, the ecosystem and on humans.

Prerequisites

Ecology, environmental chemistry, molecular biology

Literature

  • - Fent, K.: Ökotoxikologie, Thieme Verlag
  • - Sibly, RM., Walker, CH., Hopkin, SP., Peakall, DB.: Principles of Ecotoxicology, Routledge; 4 edition

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent, module examination
Lab Course in Ecotoxicology Part1 (LTOX1)
German / LAB
2.00
1.00

Course description

In this course, the students learn how to deal with common ecotoxicologically relevant test organisms and how to identify important influencing parameters of pollutants on these organisms.

Learning outcomes

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

  • - prepare samples and carry out ecotoxicological tests independently.
  • - document and analyse the behavior of ecotoxicologically relevant test organisms under abnormal conditions.
  • - describe the effects of chemicals with regard to bio-indicators and biomarkers.
  • - learn how to work in cell culture and simple staining methods.
  • - write test reports according to the IMRAD structure.

Course contents

  • - Carrying out tests on ecotoxicologically relevant test organisms
  • - Analysis and evaluation of specific questions
  • - Protocol keeping and writing of test reports

Prerequisites

General chemistry (with laboratory)

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, protocols, module examination
Environmental Chemistry (M12)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Applied Ecology (AOEK)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

Course description

Practical applications of ecology with regard to public health, clean water, ecological energy, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, species and nature conservation

Learning outcomes

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

  • - name and question global policy issues in environmental research.
  • - unite economic, social and ecological development approaches.
  • - implement sustainable development guidelines (Agenda 2030, SDGs, EU-SDS.

Course contents

  • - EU and UN development strategies, SDGs
  • - Climate protection measures
  • - Conservation and management of natural resources
  • - Water, seawage and sewage treatment
  • - Preservation of biodiversity, species and nature conservation
  • - Anthropogenic effects on public health
  • - Environmental impact assessment

Prerequisites

Ecology, General Chemistry

Literature

  • EU guidelines, AGENDA 2030- UN, course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent, seminar & group discussions, module exam
Environmental Chemistry & Pollutants (UCS)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Transport, distribution & retention of pollutants in the protective goods soil, water, air. Effects on the animate and inanimate environment.

Learning outcomes

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

  • - define specific characteristics of the environmental compartments water, air and soil.
  • - explain transport, distribution, whereabouts and implementation in and between environmental compartments.
  • - explain relevant environmental chemicals in the individual environmental media name and illustrate potential environmental impact based on the chemical structure
  • - explain local and global environmental problems (e.g. climate change, ozone problem) in a generally understandable way.

Course contents

  • - The protective goods soil, water, air as environmental compartments
  • - Sources, sinks, accumulation, biomagnification of chemical substances) in the environment
  • - Effects of chemical substances or their degradation products on the living / inanimate environment
  • - Accidents and their effects on people

Prerequisites

Ecology, General Chemistry

Literature

  • - Bliefert, C. (2010): Umweltchemie, Wiley-VCH Verlag
  • - Harborne, JB.: Ökologische Biochemie Eine Einführung, Springer Spektrum (aktuelle Auflage)
  • - Course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent, impulse presentations, module examination
Environmental Medicine Part1 (M15)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Toxicology & Environmental Hygiene (UMED1)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00

Course description

Introduction to molecular toxicology; scientifically based risk assessments of the health effects of environmental influences on humans (air pollution, industrial chemicals, pesticides, etc.).

Learning outcomes

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

  • - Understand toxicokinetic and dynamic processes.
  • - understand the cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of environmental pollutants (e.g. pesticides, particulate matter).
  • - recognize the potential risk of invasive species to human health.
  • - To assess the risks of environmental influences on human health.
  • - evaluate research results (human biomonitoring studies) on the effects of environmental chemicals.

Course contents

  • Selected chapters in physiology
  • Basics - Molecular Toxicology:
  • - Toxicokinetics: exposure, ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion)
  • - Toxicodynamics: receptor interactions, chemical lesions
  • - Mixture toxicity
  • - Organ toxicology and pathology: Toxic effects of environmental pollutants on the liver, kidney, heart
  • - Genetic toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, repair mechanisms
  • - Neurotoxic effects
  • - Sensitizing substances
  • - Nanotoxicology and allergies
  • - AOPs (Adverse Outcome Pathways)
  • Selected fields of action in environmental medicine, environmental hygiene & public health:
  • - Effects of pesticides on the human body
  • - Plastic and micro plastic
  • - Environmental psychology
  • - Cell biological methods of environmental toxicology
  • - Biodiversity, climate change and health

Prerequisites

General chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology

Literature

  • Course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • LV immanent, module examination
Environmental Technologies (M13)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Environmental Technologies (UT)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00

Course description

The participants are given knowledge of important procedural processes and measures to reduce environmental pollution and applications of renewable energy technologies.

Methodology

Integrated lecture with self assessement and exercises

Learning outcomes

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

  • - distinguish the basic features of process engineering processes and to interpret the differences.
  • - assess the advantages and disadvantages of environmental technology processes.
  • - explain the first steps towards improvement measures.
  • - interprete the main applications of renewable energy technologies

Course contents

  • - Plants and their components in industrial companies
  • - Material flows in industrial companies
  • - Origin and impact of environmental pollution
  • - Preparation of substances
  • - Mechanical, chemical-physical and thermal separation processes
  • - Environmental technology processes including environmental biology
  • - measures to reduce environmental impact including waste water treatment
  • - energy efficient buildings and its renewable energy applications
  • - water power, wind power, solar energies

Prerequisites

Disposal - and circular economy, basics in physics

Literature

  • - Ulrich Förstner, Stephan Köster: Umweltschutztechnik, 9. Auflage, 2018 Springer Verlag, 978-36625516
  • - Joseph Draxler, Matthäus Siebenhofer: Verfahrenstechnik in Beispielen, 1. Auflage, 2014, Springer Vieweg, 978-3-658-02739-1
  • - Fritsche Hartmut, Häberle Heinz O., Häberle Gregor, Heinz Elisabeth, Bruno Kürbiss, Claus-Dieter Paul,: K: Fachwissen Umwelttechnik, 7. Auflage, 2017, Europa Lehrmittel, 978-3808534977
  • - Klaus Gregor Topole: Grundlagen der Anlagenplanung, 1. Auflage, 2018, Springer Vieweg, 978-3662574171
  • - Course scripts of the lecturers
  • - Quaschning, Erneuerbare Energien und Klimaschutz, Hansewr Verlag 2020

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent performance assessment and written module examination
Introductory Module (M11)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Elective Module: Chemistry & Molecular Biology (M111)
German / kMod
5.00
-
General Chemistry (AC)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Basics of general, inorganic and organic chemistry

Learning outcomes

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

  • - use the periodic table to explain the physicochemical properties of elements and their compounds.
  • - formulate simple chemical processes correctly using stoichiometric reaction equations and to use them for further calculations.
  • - list and determine the most important functional groups in organic chemistry.
  • - perform basic steps in the laboratory in accordance with work instructions with suitable support.
  • - document laboratory results according to scientific standards.

Course contents

  • Lecture Part
  • - Periodic table of the element
  • - Chemical bond types and reactions
  • - IUPAC nomenclature
  • - Stoichiometry
  • - Chemical equilibrium
  • - Acids and bases
  • - Basics of electrochemistry and redox reactions
  • - Basics of organic chemistry
  • - Writing a laboratory protocol
  • Exercise part:
  • - Safety in the laboratory
  • - Pipetting & photometric measurement
  • - Titration

Literature

  • Mortimer & Müller: Das Basiswissen der Chemie
  • Kickelbick: Chemie für Ingenieure

Assessment methods

  • Laboratory protocols & module examination on the PC (Moodle examination)
Molecular Biology & Microbiology (MOB)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

Course description

Introduction in molecular biology & different strutures and function in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

Learning outcomes

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

  • Basic genetic mechanisms
  • Cellular compartments (membrane, cytoskeleton,...) Cell cycle

Literature

  • Alberts, The Cell

Assessment methods

  • eLearning & quiz, group work, exam
Elective Module: Ecology & Environmental Management (M112)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Ecology & Sustainability (OEK)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Raising awareness of ecological relationships and dependencies, the function of ecological cycles in nature and anthropogenic interventions

Learning outcomes

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

  • - recognize, understand and describe large ecological relationships.
  • - identify & reflect relevant global issues.
  • - integrate humans as part of the ecosystem.

Course contents

  • - Natural material and energy cycles as well as anthropogenic influences or changes
  • - Ecologically and economically compatible use of resource: precautionary principle & circular principle
  • - Organisms, populations, interactions with the environment
  • - Sustainability & anthroposphere: land use, energy consumption, agriculture & livestock production (selected effects of biotechnology, genetic engineering, biocides), nutrition
  • - Ecosystem services

Literature

  • - Nentwig, W., Bacher, S., Brandl, R.: Ökologie kompakt, Springer Spektrum (2017)
  • - Begon, M., Howarth, RW., Townsend, CR.: Ökologie, Springer Spektrum (2016)
  • - Course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent performance assessment, group discussions & presentations, excursion
Integrated Management Systems (IM)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

Course description

The participants are given an overview of the basics of processes, management systems and their relationships. Environmental management systems are discussed in more detail.

Learning outcomes

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

  • - explain the basics of quality management.
  • - name requirements for management systems and apply their differences.
  • - explain the structure of integrated management systems.
  • - interpret the structure of quality management systems and assess the essential components.
  • - interpret the structure of environmental management systems and assess the essential components.
  • - explain the goals and basic characteristics of environmental management systemss.
  • - carry out a first environmental assessment.

Course contents

  • - Basics of management systems and processe
  • - High-level-structure
  • - Basics of quality management and quality management systems
  • - Fundamentals of corporate environmental management and environmental management systems (EMAS and ISO 14001: 2015)
  • - Nature and content of the first environmental assessment

Literature

  • - ÖNORM EN ISO 9001:2015 – Qualitätsmanagementsysteme
  • - ÖNORM EN ISO 14001:2015 – Umweltmanagementsysteme
  • - EMAS III – Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1221/2009
  • - EMAS III – Verordnung (EG) Nr. 2017/1505
  • - ÖNORM EN ISO 45001:2019 – Managementsysteme für die Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit
  • - ÖNORM EN ISO 50001:2018 – Energiemanagementsysteme
  • - Course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent performance assessment and written final exam
Waste Disposal and Circular-flow Economy (M16)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Waste Management & Recycling (AMR)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00

Course description

The participants are given in-depth knowledge of waste management, the circular economy and the disposal process.

Learning outcomes

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

  • - explain the basics of waste management and interpret the legal basis
  • - implement operational requirements of waste management.
  • - interpret and assess requirements for cycles.
  • - explain and interpret disposal procedures.

Course contents

  • - Waste management as a system including types of waste, - volume and flows
  • - Legal bases including regulations on waste management
  • - waste logistics
  • - Pre-treatment and end-of-pipe processes
  • - Waste officer and waste management concept
  • - Circular economy in selected areas
  • - Waste-to-energy cycles
  • - Water-wastewater cycles
  • - Excursion sorting and / or recycling plant

Literature

  • - Kodex Abfallrecht 2018/19, Kodex des Österreichischen Rechts, 39., aktualisierte Auflage, Stand 01.10.18
  • - Verordnungen zum Abfallrecht i.d.g.F
  • - Kodex Umweltrecht 2019/20, Kodex des Österreichischen Rechts, 51., aktualisierte Auflage Stand 01.09.19
  • - Sarc, R., Pomberger R., Lorber K.E.: 100 %-Substitution in der Zementindustrie mit Einsatz von qualitätsgesicherten Ersatzbrennstoffen, Vortrag, Berlin 2016, akt. 2018
  • - Course scripts of the lecturers

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent performance assessment and written final exam

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Applied Research Project Part1 (M26)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Research Project Part1 (AF1)
German / PRJ
5.00
3.00
Compulsory Elective Module 1 (M25)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Elective Module: Environmental Biology (M251)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Cell Biology & Alternative Methods to Animal Testing (ZAT)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Epigenetics (EGEN)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Elective Module: Environmental Management Part2 (M252)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Environmental Management Part2 (UM2)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Procedural Law and Dealing with Authorities (VUB)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Ecotoxicological Test Methods (M23)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Applied Ecotoxicology (ATOX)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Lab Course in Ecotoxicology Part2 (LTOX2)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
Environmental Analysis (M22)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Environmental Analysis (UA)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Lab Course in Environmental Analysis (LUA)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
Environmental Management & Environmental Legislation (M24)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Environmental Legislation & Environmental Norms (URN)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Environmental Management Part1 (UM1)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Green Chemistry (M21)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Chemistry of Renewable Resources (CNR)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Green Chemistry (GC)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Applied Research Project Part2 (M36)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Research Project Part2 (AF2)
German / PRJ
5.00
3.00
Compulsory Elective Module 2 (M33)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Elective Module: Environmental Management Part3 (M332)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Environmental Management Part3 (UM3)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Environmental Reporting & CSR (CSR)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Elective Module: Environmental Medicine Part2 (M331)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Endocrine Substances & Endocrine Disruptors (ESU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Environmental Microbiology (UMI)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Environmental Informatics (M31)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Arteficial Intelligence in Environmental Technologies (AIU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
NGS in Ecological Systems (NGS)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Human Safety (M34)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Exposure Assessment & Risk of Contamination (EKO)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Occupational Safety (ASH)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Regulatory Requirements of Chemicals (M35)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Regulatory Ecotoxicology (RTOX)
German / ILV
5.00
3.00
Safe Innovation & Green Product Design (M32)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Life Cycle Analysis & Environmental Economics (LCA)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Project Green Product Design (PGD)
German / PRJ
2.00
1.00

4. Semester

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