Code:ENV510 Course:Environmental Health And Safety Studies Level:- Credit Unit:3.0 Contact Hour:4.0 Part:06 Course Status:Elective Prerequisite:None
1.Course Objectives Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to: - Further develop an understanding of the function of complex systems and inter-relationships within them. - Develop a critical approach to the analysis of environmental problems. - Develop an understanding of the development of an area by comprehensive and intensive study.
Course Description - This course will provides an understanding of the function of complex systems which have inter-connected within them. - Students will be carrying out a field course studies in a selected area which have the availability of background information.
Syllabus Content An area will be selected which provides a range of environmental problems / issues which can be readily inter-connected. The Klang Vally and Selangor / Melaka / Perak state is a suitable area because of the availability of background information.
1. Mining activities and the nature of spoil - Natural and artificial recolonisation. - Role of the National Mining Board, Planning authorities (Town and Country Planning Dept.) and other agencies (e.g. FRIM). 2. The socio-economic use of reclaimed industrial waste land. - Light industry (each district there is one), - Leisure facilities (e.g. Mines Resort city and Sunway Resort city). - Role of the local Environmental Health Department. - Registers of Contaminated Land (e.g. NRE).
3. The biological problems associated with re- vegetation of areas of toxic waste (e.g. FRIM) 3.1 Toxic residues and effects, particularly on tree growth. 3.2 Comparison of polluted and control areas. 4. Agricultural exploitation and development 5. The role of the Ministry of Agriculture. 5.1 Pollution of water courses (Agro-business) & water extraction (SYABAS). 5.1 Role of Water and National River Authority (e.g. DID).
6. The effects of centuries of air pollution on surrounding vegetation (anthropogenic activities). 7. Nature conservation 7.1. Role of Voluntary Organization (e.g. MNS). 7.2. Malaysian Nature. 7.3. Legal Framework. 8. Decline in employment, and its social and economic consequences (EPU).
9. Impact of human activities on marine environments –Leisure use of marine environment (DOE) 9.1.1 Exploitation of natural marine resources. Teaching Methodology –Lecture with student participation, assignments, demonstrations and/or audio- visual aids and field course visits.
Assessment Student will be assessed on the basis of written proposal for field course studies, and their contribution to the preparation of poster displays, oral presentation and final examination. i. Written proposal of field course work:15% ii. Written and visual materials prepared for display from field course:15% iii. Written reports and oral presentation:20% iv.Final examination:50% v. Total:100%
Recommended Texts Miller, G.T. (2007). Environmental Science (15 th Edition). Thompson Brooks Cole, USA. Francis, B.M., (1997) Toxic Substances in the Environment, John Wiley & Sons, U.K. Baird, C., (1995). Environmental Chemistry, W.H Freeman & Company. C. Dinaur (1987). Minerals in Soil Environments, Soil Science Society of America, Madison. Kupchella, C.E. and Hyland, M.C. (1993). Environmental Science : Living Within the System of Nature (3 rd Edition). Prentice-Hall, USA.
References Ahmad Ibrahim, (1995). The Malaysian Legal Syatem, DBP. Martin Philips and Tim Mighall., (1998), Society, Nature and Environment, Longman. Bernrd J. Nebel and Richard T. Wright., (1996), Environmental Science, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall. Malcom Newson et al. (1992), Managing the Human Impact on Natural Environment: Patterns and Processes, Belhaven Press, London. Andrew R.W Jackson and M. Jackson., (1996), Environmental Science: The Natural Environment and Human Impact, Longman. London. Derek Ellis. (1989), Environmental at Risk: Case Histories of Impact Assessment, Springer-Verlag. New York.
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