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Last update 03-03-2014
HU Credits: 3

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: Environmental Sciences

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: E. Safra

Course/Module Coordinator: Yigal Erel

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday 12-13

Teaching Staff:
Prof Yigal Erel
Prof Shimshon Belkin
Chana Kranzler
Nivi Kessler

Course/Module description:
The course presents the most pressing environmental issues and the scientific methodology used to study environmental issues. The environmental issues to be presented and discussed are: demography, energy and the environment, bio-geochemical cycles, air, soil, and water pollution, soil erosion and degradation, waste and toxic waste, climate change, ecosystems and their functioning, bio-diversity and extinctions.

Course/Module aims:
To present the most pressing environmental issues and the scientific methodology used to study environmental issues

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To list and explain the most important environmental problems globally

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: lecture and exercise

Course/Module Content:
Survey of major environmental issues and the scientific methodology
Demography and providing food to humanity
Energy sources: fossil fuels and alternative energy sources
Bio-geochemical cycles and human effects
Climate and the atmosphere – greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollution processes
Water – quantities, pollution and algal blooms
Soils, open areas, agriculture, forestation, and deforestation
Oceans – overfishing, pollution, acidification, and coral bleaching
Ecology and biodiversity
Urban environment and solid waste management
Ethics of environmental quality and nature preservation

Required Reading:
Botkin D. B., Keller E. A., Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 5th/6th/7th/8th Edition (B&K), John Wiley & Sons, 2003/2005/2007/2008/2011

book report (only one):

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, J. M. Diamond, Viking Press
Silent Spring, R. L. Carson, Houghton-Mifflin Press (1962)

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 60 %
Assignments 10 %
Reports 30 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.