ECOLOGICAL SAFETY

Course ID: IIB-SE>BEZEKO
Course title: ECOLOGICAL SAFETY
Semester: 5 / Winter
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 45 hours
Field of study: Safety Engineering
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Biology and ecology
Contact person: dr inż. Justyna Hachoł justyna.hachol@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Analytical and systemic attitude to ecological safety problem. Environmental elements liable to natural and anthropogenic impacts. Environmental problems. Natural and technical threats. Safety and ecological risk in water economy.
Full description: Ecological safety and risk- basic terms. The essence of ecological safety. Ecological safety in terms of general safety. The State duties in relation to environmental protection and ensuring ecological safety. Environmental elements liable to natural and anthropogenic influences. Environmental issues: global Warming, ozonesphere liquidation, biodiversity threatening, soil degradation, forest threatening, contamination and water shortage, waste. Natural and technical threats. Threat symptoms, predicted forms, ways and areas of the impact. Analytical and systemic attitude to ecological safety problem in water economy. Sources of ecological risk in investment projects relating water economy, risk identification, assessment, planning reactionary methods to risk. Ecological safety plan and protection against extraordinary events.
Bibliography: 1. Lawrence W. Barnthouse, Wayne R. Munns, Jr.,Mary T. Sorensen: Population-Level Ecological Risk Assessment. New York, 2008; 2. Pritchard C.L.: Risk Management: Concepts and Guidance. Fourth Edition. Taylor & Francis, 2010; 3. Pritchard P.: Environmental Risk Management. Routledge, 2014; 4. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment. Washington, DC, 1998.
Learning outcomes: After completing the course student in terms of knowledge: 1. Knows „ecological safety” and „ecological risk” terms; knows how to classify risk and what precautions should be taken to lower its level. 2. Has the knowledge on natural and anthropogenic threats, knows environmental elements threated with natural factors and technical activities. 3. Is familiar with the selection of methods of obtaining data to the plan of ecological risk management and knows the criteria that determine their selection. in terms of skills: 1. Can identify ecological risk factors of investment projects in terms of water economy, choose the method and conduct an assessment of the likelihood of threats occurrance and their effects to chosen ecosystem elements. Can interpret obtained results and basing on them choose methods of risk reactions. 2. Can assess the impact of chosen investment to environment. 3. Can formulate the plan of ecological risk assessment. in terms of social competences: 1. Can foresee environmental threats with particular consideration of protected areas including NATURA 2000; identify the level of these threats and make a critical analysis of designing technical solutions especially tools, objects and water economy systems. 2. Can assess the risk of natural threats. 3. Can work individually and in a team.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Total grade components: grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%)

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