12.085 Seminar in Environmental Science (MIT)
Required for all Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences majors in the Environmental Science track, this course is an introduction to current research in the field. Stresses integration of central scientific concepts in environmental policy making and the chemistry, biology, and geology environmental science tracks. Revisits selected core themes for students who have already acquired a basic understanding of environmental science concepts. The topic for this term is geoengineering.
17.441 International Politics and Climate Change (MIT)
This course examines the interconnections of international politics and climate change. Beginning with an analysis of the strategic and environmental legacies of the 20th Century, it explores the politicization of the natural environment, the role of science in this process, and the gradual shifts in political concerns to incorporate "nature". Two general thrusts of climate-politics connections are pursued, namely those related to (a) conflict – focusing on threats to security due to envir
11.307 Beijing Urban Design Studio (MIT)
In 2008, the Beijing Urban Design Studio will focus on the issue of Beijing's urban transformation under the theme of de-industrialization, by preparing an urban design and development plan for the Shougang (Capital Steel Factory) site. This studio will address whether portions of the old massive factory infrastructure can be preserved as a national industrial heritage site embedded into future new development; how to balance the cultural and recreational value of the site with environmental cha
21A.360J The Anthropology of Sound (MIT)
This class examines the ways humans experience the realm of sound and how perceptions and technologies of sound emerge from cultural, economic, and historical worlds. In addition to learning about how environmental, linguistic, and musical sounds are construed cross-culturally, students learn about the rise of telephony, architectural acoustics, and sound recording, as well as about the globalized travel of these technologies. Questions of ownership, property, authorship, and copyright in the ag
1.020 Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability (MIT)
This course provides a review of physical, chemical, ecological, and economic principles used to examine interactions between humans and the natural environment. Mass balance concepts are applied to ecology, chemical kinetics, hydrology, and transportation; energy balance concepts are applied to building design, ecology, and climate change; and economic and life cycle concepts are applied to resource evaluation and engineering design. Numerical models are used to integrate concepts and to assess
12.086 Modeling Environmental Complexity (MIT)
This course provides an introduction to the study of environmental phenomena that exhibit both organized structure and wide variability—i.e., complexity. Through focused study of a variety of physical, biological, and chemical problems in conjunction with theoretical models, we learn a series of lessons with wide applicability to understanding the structure and organization of the natural world. Students will also learn how to construct minimal mathematical, physical, and computational mod
1.782 Environmental Engineering Masters of Engineering Project (MIT)
This class is one of the core requirements for the Environmental Masters of Engineering program, in conjunction with 1.133 Masters of Engineering Concepts of Engineering Practice. It is designed to teach about environmental engineering through the use of case studies, computer software tools, and seminars from industrial experts. Case studies provide the basis for group projects as well as individual theses. Recent 1.782 projects include the MMR Superfund site on Cape Cod, appropriate wastewater
1.061 Transport Processes in the Environment (MIT)
This class serves as an introduction to mass transport in environmental flows, with emphasis given to river and lake systems. The class will cover the derivation and solutions to the differential form of mass conservation equations. Class topics to be covered will include: molecular and turbulent diffusion, boundary layers, dissolution, bed-water exchange, air-water exchange and particle transport.
2.61 Internal Combustion Engines (MIT)
This course studies the fundamentals of how the design and operation of internal combustion engines affect their performance, operation, fuel requirements, and environmental impact. Topics include fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer and friction phenomena, and fuel properties, with reference to engine power, efficiency, and emissions. Students examine the design features and operating characteristics of different types of internal combustion engines: spark-ignition, diesel, str
11.947 Urbanization and Development (MIT)
The course examines the causes and effects of rapid urbanization in developing countries. Using case studies from the world's four major developing regions, including (among others) Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Managua, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Kabul, Beirut, Cairo, Kinshasa, Cape Town and Johannesburg, it explores the economic and political dynamics that grease the wheels of contemporary patterns of growth. In addition to examining both local and transnational forces that drive contempora
ESD.72 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis (MIT)
ERBA (ESD.72) emphasizes three methodologies - reliability and probabilistic risk assessment (RPRA), decision analysis (DA), and cost-benefit analysis (CBA). In this class, the issues of interest are: the risks associated with large engineering projects such as nuclear power reactors, the International Space Station, and critical infrastructures; the development of new products; the design of processes and operations with environmental externalities; and infrastructure renewal projects.
The Microbiology of Natural Environments
A suite of resources describing the microbiology of natural environments. This resource includes information on environmental sampling, the role of organisms in the fixation of nitrogen, how to count soil bacteria, how to examine iron-rich water and visualisation and examination of cyanobacteria.
Develop and update hospitality industry knowledge
This unit helps students to develop and update their knowledge of the Hospitality industry. Activity 1 covers the hospitality industry, what it is, the key departments and how to research the industry, sharing knowledge with colleagues and customers. This activity should also give students the ability to keep their knowledge of the industry up to date throughout their career. Activity 2 looks at the tourism industry and its relationship with the hospitality industry. Acti
Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
This learning object addresses the competency required to identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns. You will learn about finding heritage items and accessing heritage areas. You will also learn about environmental legislation, isolation and clearances, contaminants, and how to respond to environmental concerns including emergency plans and incident reports.
This learning object addresses the competency required to monitor the environment as part of a tailings dam management process. You will learn about the function of tailings dams, and how to inspect and maintain the dams and associated ponds. Topics include legislation, environmental impact assessments, site plans, emergency procedures and reporting.
Contribute to quality system
This learning object addresses the competency required to achieve quality work outcomes. You will learn about quality assurance, and how your actions can impact on work outcomes and the work environment. Topics include outcomes, monitoring, production targets, quality assurance, and environmental issues.
Carry out work effectively in the seafood
This unit covers a broad spectrum of issues related to working in the aquaculture industry. Activity 1 assists students in identifying stock species and their habitats. It also requires students to identify equipment used in Aquaculture. Activity 2 covers work practices and activities to be undertaken at each stage of the seafood supply chain to maintain quality and safety of products. The following stages of the process are covered: growth, harvest, transport, processing
Apply chemicals and biological
This unit deals with the equipment and methods used to apply chemicals and biological agents in aquaculture. Activity 1 shows learners how to identify personal protective equipment, select appropriate personal protective equipment for a task and clean and maintain personal protective equipment. Activity 2 looks at hazardous chemical substances, dangerous good symbols, product labels and material safety data sheets. In Activity 3 students will learn how to use application
Directional design: classroom chair
Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness by choosing options for an element such as colour, materials and finish. Minimise environmental impact by choosing el
Directional design: computer lab chair
Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic needs. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness by choosing options for an element such as colour, materials and finish. Minimise environmental impact by choosing el