Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Environment and Resources: Issues and Management

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduced students to the main challenges related to environment and resources, namely energy production and consumption, water and waste management. Energy resources will be discussed in the light of increasing pressures on oil and emission targets. Water resources and management will be discussed within the wider framework of the hydrological cycle and sustainable water consumption in the various sectors. Waste management will be discussed as a challenge facing many cities trying to achieve sustainability targets.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at introducing three societal challenges, energy, water and resources, by describing the natural and anthropological processes which determine their consumption and more importantly their management.

The study-unit also aims to expose students to real world practices on resources management in collaboration with entities such as the Environment and Resources Authority, Wasteserv and Malta Resources Authority.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- list and describe the various sources of energy;
- describe the hydrological cycle and water use;
- define the principles of waste management.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- design basic management plans for water and waste management;
- provide critical review of plans and programmes related to resources management.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text:

- Davis, T. (2007) Fundamentals of Hydrology. Routledge.
- Cech, T. (2010) Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy. John Wiley and Sons.
- McDougall, R. F. (2001) Integrated solid waste management. A life cycle inventory. Blackwell Science.

Supplementary Text:

- Hollins, O. et al., (2017) Towards a circular economy – Waste management in the EU. European Union. Available at
- Anderson, D.A., (2013) Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management. Routledge.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Margaret Camilleri Fenech
John A. Schembri

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