Courses Catalogue

Natural Environmental Systems

COURSE CODE: CIV4200
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course presents a system dynamics approach towards understanding and modelling natural environmental systems. It emphasises the development and analysis of models that describe the material flows and feedback processes within natural environmental systems, and the influence of environmental management.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

This course will blend the background in the physical sciences with human management approaches to the environment

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

·        Get exposed to qualitative modelling techniques to describe and analyse the influence and feedback structures within environmental systems.

·        Acquire knowledge on quantitative models for the simulation of dynamic environmental systems.

·        Understand the fundamental dynamic systems theory concepts to analyse 1- and 2-D dynamic systems.

·        Gain knowledge to develop and analyse stochastic system-dynamics models

·        Investigate and analyse the dynamic response of environmental systems subject to changing environmental conditions, and assessment of management policy interventions

·        Make detailed presentation and analysis of modelling results, with lucid discussion and interpretation.

·        Review and critique current state-of-the-art frameworks.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student on completing this course is expected to:

·        Recognise the complex structure of environmental systems.

·        Comprehend the mathematical concepts underlying the quantification of system-dynamics models.

·        Comprehend fundamental dynamic systems theory.

·        Classify the sources of uncertainty in environmental models

·        Design structured computational studies, using system-dynamics models

·        Prepare engineering reports based on results from computational studies of environmental systems.

·        Demonstrate knowledge of the broader field of integrated modelling of human-environmental systems.