102-0004-00L  Introduction into Environmental Engineering

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersP. Molnar, R. Boes, P. Burlando, I. Hajnsek, S. Hellweg, M. Maurer, E. Morgenroth, R. Stocker, J. Wang
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


102-0004-00 GEinführung Umweltingenieurwissenschaften
Maximal ein Drittel der an der Lehrveranstaltung beteiligten Dozierenden unterrichtet auf Englisch.
2 hrs
Fri09:45-11:30HCI J 3 »
P. Molnar, R. Boes, P. Burlando, I. Hajnsek, S. Hellweg, M. Maurer, E. Morgenroth, R. Stocker, J. Wang

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AbstractIn this course students are introduced to how environmental problems in the areas of water quantity and quality, waste production and recycling, air pollution control, are formulated and solved with engineering methods. The course makes a connection between the theoretical Bachelor foundation classes and practical topics of environmental engineering in six main thematic areas.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course, the student will be able to:
- formulate key global environmental problems
- develop a systems perspective and solutions to the problems (critical thinking)
- identify and solve simple numerical problems in the domain areas
- understand why/how we use data/models in environmental engineering
- develop own interest in the domain areas and see career opportunities
ContentTopics of study:
0. Introduction – description of the Earth System, main stressors, global warming, introduction into the methods and goals of environmental engineering.
1. Water Science & Engineering – definition of the global water cycle and hydrological regimes, surface/subsurface flow equations (advection, diffusion), water resources management, climate change.
2. Resource Management & Recovery – waste management, recycling, resource recovery, lifecycle assessment, water and carbon footprints.
3. Urban Water Technology – water quality parameters, municipal water and wastewater treatment processes and technologies, urban water systems (infrastructure).
4. River and Hydraulic Engineering – hydropower production, flood protection, river restoration, ecological measures at hydropower plants.
5. Air Quality – air quality parameters, main air pollutants, air quality in cities/indoor, emission control, the plume dispersion model.
6. Earth Observation – satellite observation of the Earth System from space, methods, environmental applications (glaciers, forest, land surface change)
Lecture notesCourse will take place in English and German (bilingual). The English textbook by Masters and Ela (see below) will be complemented by instructors materials to the individual thematic topics. Lecture presentations will be the main study material. There is no formal Script.
Literature- Masters, G.M., & Ela, W.P. (2014). Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, Third Edition, Prentice Hall, 692 pp, Link
- lecture presentations and selected papers
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersP. Molnar, R. Boes, P. Burlando, I. Hajnsek, S. Hellweg, M. Maurer, E. Morgenroth, R. Stocker, J. Wang
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

LiteratureMasters, G.M., & Ela, W.P. (2014). Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, Third Edit
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEnvironmental Engineering BSc (105000)

Offered in

Environmental Engineering BachelorAdditional First Year CoursesOInformation