INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY

Giovanni DE FEO INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY

0622200021
DIPARTIMENTO DI INGEGNERIA INDUSTRIALE
EQF7
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
2021/2022

OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 1
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2019
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
660LESSONS
ExamDate
ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIALE31/05/2022 - 09:00
ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIALE08/07/2022 - 09:00
ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIALE15/09/2022 - 09:00
Objectives
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
ELEMENTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, POLLUTION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS. ELEMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION: MANDATORY AND VOLUNTARY TOOLS. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (ISO 14001, EMAS). WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATION OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) TO INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ASSESSMENT USING THE PRINCIPAL APPROACHES. LCA REFERENCE STANDARDS.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING – ENGINEERING ANALYSIS
ABILITY TO ANALYSE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE INTERACTION OF THE INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, WITH AN APPROACH THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC VARIABLES USEFUL TO DEFINE THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING – ENGINEERING DESIGN
ABILITY TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED, DEEPLY DESCRIBE IT, EXAMINE THE ALTERNATIVES, SELECT THE "BEST CHOICE". ABILITY TO ANALYSE THE RESULTS OF A LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM. ABILITY TO DEVELOP A BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND A WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

MAKING JUDGMENTS - ENGINEERING PRACTICE
ABILITY TO DEVELOP AN EVALUATION OF THE LIFE CYCLE OF AN INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM ALSO USING SPECIFIC SOFTWARE AS WELL AS RESPECTING THE REFERENCE STANDARDS.

ABILITY TO INVESTIGATE
ABILITY TO COLLECT THE NECESSARY INVENTORY DATA FOR THE LCA.

AUTONOMY OF JUDGMENT - ENGINEERING PRACTICE
ABILITY OF USING THE LCA SOFTWARE TOOL SIMAPRO. ABILITY TO MAKE JUDGMENTS ON THE OUTCOME OF IMPACT ASSESSMENTS THAT INCLUDE CONSIDERATION ABOUT SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS – TRANSVERSAL SKILLS:
BEING ABLE TO WORK IN TEAM AS WELL AS TO PRESENT A TOPIC RELATED TO THE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY.

LEARNING SKILLS – TRANSVERSAL SKILLS:
BEING ABLE TO APPLY THE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE IN SITUATIONS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE PRESENTED DURING THE COURSE. ABILITY TO DEEPEN THE TOPICS COVERED USING MATERIALS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE PROPOSED.
Prerequisites
No prerequisite
Contents
THE STUDENTS WILL ACQUIRE THE SKILLS NEEDED TO STUDY, BY MEANS OF LCA, THE IMPACTS OF INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT. MOREOVER, THE STUDENTS WILL ACQUIRE SKILLS ABOUT QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS.

TOPICS:
PRESENTATION OF THE COURSE (2 H THEORY)
DEFINITION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, POLLUTION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, ETC. (3 H THEORY)
INTRODUCTION TO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT (3 H THEORY)
SEPARATE COLLECTION SYSTEMS (2 H THEORY)
WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL FACILITIES (4 H THEORY)
QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS (8 H THEORY, 4 H EXERCISE)
INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) (3 H THEORY)
GOAL AND SCOPE DEFINITION (3 H THEORY)
INVENTORY ANALYSIS (5 H THEORY, 5 H EXERCISE)
LIFE CYCLE IMPACT ASSESSMENT (5 H THEORY, 3 H EXERCISE)
THE LCA SOFTWARE TOOL SIMAPRO (2 H THEORY, 3 H EXERCISE)
EXAMPLES OF APPLICATION OF LCA TO DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES (3 H THEORY, 2 H EXERCISE)
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE CONSISTS IN FRONT LESSONS (43 H) AND CLASSROOM EXERCISES (17 H) FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF 60 HOURS WHICH ARE WORTH 6 CREDITS. THE LECTURES ARE MADE WITH MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION GIVEN TO THE STUDENTS BEFORE EACH SINGLE LESSON. DUE TO THE GREAT PRESENCE OF FOREIGN STUDENTS, STUDENTS WHO KNOW EXCLUSIVELY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE COURSE IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY.
DURING THE LESSON, STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED AND STIMULATED WITH QUESTIONS, EXAMPLES AND ANECDOTES AIMED AT FACILITATING DISCUSSION AND ACTIVE PARTICIPATION. THE EXERCISES ARE MADE USING LAPTOPS AS WELL AS THE SOFTWARE-TOOL SIMAPRO; THEY ARE TYPICALLY PERFORMED IN GROUPS.
ATTENDANCE AT LECTURES IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Verification of learning
THE ASSESSMENT OF THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE FIXED GOALS IS OBTAINED THROUGH THE PRESENTATION OF AN ESSAY AND A SUBSEQUENT ORAL EXAMINATION.
THE STUDENT HAVE TO PREPARE A WRITTEN ESSAY CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF THE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) TO A PARTICULAR INDUSTRIAL SECTOR IN THE FORM OF A REVIEW OF 3-5 SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES. THE CHOICE OF THE TOPIC IS DISCUSSED WITH THE PROFESSOR. THE STUDENT HAS TO SEND THE ESSAY BEFORE THE FINAL EXAMINATION AND ITS PRELIMINARY EVALUATION ALLOWS TO THE PROFESSOR TO EXPRESS A FIRS JUDGMENT OF THE PERFORMED WORK. DURING THE ORAL EXAMINATION, THE STUDENT HAVE MAKE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION OF 20 MINUTES WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTION FROM THE PROFESSOR.
DURING THE PRESENTATION OF THE STUDENT, THE PROFESSOR ADD OTHER INFORMATION TO THE PREVIOUS JUDGMENT FORMULATED ON THE BASIS OF THE WRITTEN ESSAY. CONTEMPORARILY, THE PROFESSOR ELABORATE SOME IN-DEPTH QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION.
THE MAIN EVALUATION CRITERIA ARE THE FOLLOWINGS: 1) CAPACITY TO ELABORATE DATA CONTAINED IN THE EXAMINED ARTICLES (INDEED, THE ESSAY SHOULD NOT SIMPLY DESCRIBE THE PAPERS); 2) CAPACITY TO ANSWER TO THE IN-DEPTH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS; 3) PRESENTATION SKILLS.
IN ORDER TO OVERCOME THE MINIMUM LEVEL, THE STUDENT SHOULD DEMONSTRATE TO KNOW THE MAIN ASPECTS OF THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (GOAL AND SCOPE DEFINITION, FUNCTIONAL UNIT, CALCULATION PROCEDURE OF THE INVENTORY ANALYSIS, LIFE CYCLE IMPACTS ASSESSMENT WITH DIFFERENT METHODS, INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS). THERE IS A SPECIFIC VERIFICATION OF THE END-OF-LIFE PHASE (RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL). THESE SKILLS ARE PRELIMINARILY EVALUATED DURING THE REVISION OF THE WRITTEN ESSAY AS WELL AS DURING THE PRESENTATION WITH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.
THE STUDENT OBTAINS AN EXCELLENT EVALUATION IF HE/SHE HAS PRESENTED AN EXCELLENT REVIEW, WELL ORGANIZED, WITH A PERFECT FORMAL CONTROL OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES IN THE BODY TEXT AS WELL AS WITH A SIGNIFICANT ELABORATION OF DATA CONTAINED IN THE CONSIDERED ARTICLES. THE STUDENT HAS ALSO TO PRESENT THE ESSAY IN A VERY CLEAR WAY, SHOWING PERFECT MASTERY OF THE DIFFERENT TOPICS. FINALLY, HE/SHE HAS TO ANSWER CORRECTLY TO ALL IN DEPTH QUESTIONS.
Texts
HENRIKKE BAUMANN, ANNE-MARIE TILLMAN, THE HITCH HIKER’S GUIDE TO LCA, STUDENTLITTERATUR AB, USA, 2004.
GIOVANNI DE FEO, SABINO DE GISI, MAURIZIO GALASSO, INGEGNERIA SANITARIA AMBIENTALE. RIFIUTI SOLIDI. DARIO FLACCOVIO EDITORE, PALERMO, 2012.
GIOVANNI DE FEO, DISPENSE DI ECOLOGIA INDUSTRIALE, DIPARTIMENTO DI INGEGNERIA INDUSTRIALE, UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO.
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