UE Code : IL3-DURENV-DURENV Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering / Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering

Level :

Third year of Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Language(s) :


Studies organization

Credits :


Semester :


Total Hours :

21.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

In the Segment “Environment of Farming”, the module “Environmental Sustainability” addresses the relationships between human activities (mostly agricultural or related) and natural resources: What are the dependencies, effects and management tools in a perspective of Sustainable Development?

To gain awareness of:
• The vital role of the “environmental component” as a condition of shared and sustainable human Development (The Rio Declaration 1992, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005);
• The role of ecosystems, current or former, providers of resources and supplies required for the wellbeing of Humanity;
• The magnitude and diversity of worldwide changes that are man-made;
• The various availability of resources, finite or renewable.
Identify and understand the principles of:
• Technical and biogeochemical cycles, in a comprehensive global approach to ecology, to better understand the causes and consequences of the over-exploitation of natural resources.
• Basic techniques for managing energy, water and waste (single operations, process chains), to be able to apply;
• Ecology approaches which can be applied to resolving environmental problems (most notably landscape ecology).
Develop an initial approach for investigation and technical analysis of an environmental issue.

And therefore prepare to apply these concepts and techniques to respond to tomorrow's challenges.

Contents :

1. Sustainable Development and resources from The Environment for Agriculture and Agro-Industries (8 Lectures-CM, 1 Seminar-TD)
Based on a general research into the concept of Sustainable Development, the module focuses on the environmental component, especially developed with regard to agricultural and agro industrial activities.
• General issues of Sustainable Development (inequality in Human Development, limited resources, solidarity between current and future generations);
• Environmental resources: Availability, farming, technical and economic cycles of the key materials, water and energy; linear economy, circular economy;
• Content on natural environments, ecosystems and biodiversity for human welfare; anthropic disturbances (harvests, environmental destruction, development pressure, pollution); ecological consequences at the level of living organisms, the population, the community and ecosystems; feedback effects on human populations (health, natural catastrophes, the safety of food and water resources) taking into account the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005.

2. Processes for managing environmental resources (5 Lectures-CM, 3 Seminars-TD)
Introduction to organizational processes or techniques aimed at preserving or restoring environmental resources, specifically when compared to Agriculture and Agro-Industry activities.
• Principles of management and basic techniques:
o Water (samples/sampling, treatments, waste);
o Waste (typology, flow management, treatment and valuation);
o Energy/Fuel (typology production, conversion, valuation) in fossil fuels or renewable energies.
• Applied scientific ecology
o Introduction to landscape ecology and conservation biology
o Applications for solving management problems and the conservation of species and their habitats.

3. Application for an environmental problem/issue (1.33 Accompanied Work-TA, 6 Study Time-ED, 1 Seminar-TD / Oral examination)
Recommendations to resolve an environmental problem/issue in Agriculture or Agro-Industries.
• In groups of 3 and on work-related subjects assigned by the professors, carry out documented research and a design project;
• Write a short report with technical contents (present the data on the issue to be resolved, describe the principle of a process or recommended action/intervention), with components of technical and/or economic pre-dimensioning);
• Oral Report lasting 10 mins + discussion, to part of your graduating class.

Prerequisites :

Mobilizing skills acquired in 1st year (MSC Module) and 2nd year (Ecology).
Introduction to notions which will be used later in the Majors (environment, sustainability).

Teaching methods :

Contributing Elements: 13 Lectures (CM) (19.5 hrs) and 4 Seminars (TD) (6 hrs) or 25.5 hrs of Face-To-Face
Application: 1.66 Accompanied Work (TA) (2.5 hrs Face-To-Face) – 6 Study Time ED (9 hrs of personal work) – 1 Seminars (TD) of Oral examination (1.5 hrs of Face-To-Face)
Assessments: 1.33 Evaluation TD (2 hrs):
For a total of: 30 hrs of student Face-To-Face (a total of 49 hrs of student work)

Robert Biagi - Claver Kanyarushoki - Guillaume Pain - Joséphine Pithon
Several guest speakers, professionals in the field, as needed (ARS,DDT)

Assessment :

Written exams: Intermediate (30 min) then final (1 hr 30 mins), which may combine Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and written answers
Mini-Dossier (10 p) and Oral Report (10 min + discussion)

Bibliography :

3rd year of Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Here are the modules of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. On the second semester, besides all the compulsory common courses, students will choose between 2 minors : "Types of Agriculture and Territories" or "Business and Transformation".