cod. 1004855

Academic year 2016/17
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course aims to provide the elements for a proper assessment of the risks of human activities on the environment and their effects on human health. At the end of the course the student will be able to know the main aspects and issues related to world energy production and consumption, “air quality” and effects of environmental air pollutants. The student will be able, starting from the basic knowledge given in the course, to acquire by himself the information, features, data that can be useful to know the main characteristics of systems and solutions used and/or for these broad areas (energy and air quality).


Attendance to the course requires knowledge provided by the courses of Physics and Chemistry.

Course unit content

The course aims to provide the basic concepts related to the planet energy balance, to the energy sustainability, to the classification and measurement of environmental pollutants and their effects on human health. In particular aspects relating to the use of energy, the use of primary sources, to issues related to the consumption of energy in the world and the health impact of pollution both outdoor and indoor will be examined, taking into account both natural and anthropogenic contributions.

Full programme

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M.Bianchi, A.De Pascale, A.Gambarotta, A.Peretto – “Sistemi energetici - Impatto ambientale” - vol.3, pp.1-544, ISBN 88-371-1754-X, Pitagora Editrice, Bologna, 2008.
R.Vismara, "Ecologia Applicata", Hoepli, 1992
M.L. Davis, D.A.Cornwell, "Introduction to Environmental Engineering", McGraw-Hill Int.Ed., 1991
P.A.Vesilind, J.J.Peirce, R.Weiner, "Environmental Engineering", Butterworth Publishers, 1988
"Chimica Ambientale", C. Baird, M. Cann; Ed.: Zanichelli.
"Chimica dell'Ambiente", S. E. Manahn; Ed.: Piccin.

Material provided by the teacher

Teaching methods

The course includes both lectures and moments of interaction and depth of the material with the students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning is accomplished through oral interview during which through questions on the topics covered in the course will be evaluated in particular the critical capacity, property exposure and the ability to relate the topics covered.

Other information

Attendance to the course lectures is highly recommended.