Environmental Technology (Laboratory)

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Module Objective

The specific course is an introduction to basic concepts of air pollution, pollution control and abatement technologies, quality of atmospheric indoor and outdoor environment, etc. As the time passes, the courses deepen in more specialized knowledge and concepts that require ability and skills development from the students, both understanding and use of new technologies.

The courses deal with the problems (directly and indirectly) that affect the people due to air pollution (adverse health effects, adverse constructions effects, etc) as well as to the actions to manage these problems. This course is also a technological analysis on issues and problems related to air pollution.

The purpose of the course is the understanding of the importance of the quality of the atmospheric environment, the concepts of air pollution control and abatement technologies, and the development of an ecological consciousness, a consciousness that is closely linked to environmental protection, a potentially active and thoughtful citizen and scientist.

Module Study Targets

Upon completion of the course, students will have:

  • They have acquired the knowledge and the understanding of issues related to air pollution and the quality of the atmospheric environment in general. Be able to describe relevant concepts and to identify the causes-sources that cause problem in the quality of the atmospheric environment
  • Be able to perceive, interpret and clearly explain issues related to air pollution, to generalize the problem, to correctly appreciate in order to make right conclusions
  • Be able to use all the concepts related to air pollution, to provide new calculations, to be able to correctly classify the causes of the various problems and generate new knowledge, while gaining implementation experience
  • To have the ability to analyze the problems of air pollution and degradation of the atmospheric environment in probably components so that they can combine, design, develop and implement both old and innovative technologies in order to tackle these problems
  • Be able to revise old views related to air pollution and its treatment, so they can create new knowledge. Also, be able to compose and organize working groups and propose solutions
  • Have a proven critical ability so they can compare and evaluate different statements on the quality of the atmospheric environment (for example, high concentrations of particulate matter from anthropogenic activities and dust transport from the Sahara-Sahara Dust event)
  • Be able to participate in measuring-experimental procedures. Be able to know to handle suitable measuring devices and also to be able to evaluate the measurements results in order to judge situations correctly, proposing in each case the appropriate solution
  • Be able to work with their fellow students, to create and present both at individual and group level a case study from its initial stages up to the final evaluation and finally to be able to propose new ideas and solutions

More specifically, students will be able to:

  • Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information using and applying the required technologies
  • Decision Making
  • Autonomous work
  • Teamwork
  • Working in an international environment
  • Working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Production of new research ideas
  • Respect for the natural environment
  • Ability of both criticism and self-criticism
  • Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking

Module Acquired Abilities

  • Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information
  • Decision-making
  • Working independently

Module Description

The workshop includes the following laboratory exercises:

  • Introduction – Targets and laboratory procedures
  • Meteorological station
  • Introduction to statistical analysis and treatment of meteorological and environmental data sets
  • Bioclimatic Indices
  • Presentation of student work
  • Educational visit
  • Particulate matters monitor Aerocet 531
  • Environmental Indices
  • Pollutant Standard Index (PSI)
  • Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • European Regional Pollution Index (ERPI)
  • Final presentation of student work
  • Evaluation

Module Student Evaluation

Final written examination for the theoretical part of the course: 60%

Continuous evaluation and final examination for the Laboratory part: 40%


  • Vallero D.A., "Fundamentals of air pollution", 4th Edition, Academic Press (ISBN: 978-0-12-373615-4), 2008
  • Boubel R.W., Fox D.L., Turner D.B. and Stern A.C., "Fundamentals of air pollution", 3rd Edition, Academic Press (ISBN: 0-12-118930-9), 1994