Courses Catalogue

Urbanization And Environment

COURSE CODE: ENV2109
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

Topic

CH

Introduction

  • Rural and urban settlements compared
  • Reasons for rural- urban migrations (push and pull factors), Characteristics of urban and rural communities

 

2

Dynamics of urbanization in East Africa

  • Urban processes in East Africa: trend and stages (pre-colonial, during colonial and post colonial)
  • Factors for the urbanization differences in various places of East Africa.

 

3

Urban planning

  • Definitions: planning and urban planning;
  • objectives of urban planning and steps involved in urban planning process,
  • Major challenges met in urban planning and how to overcome these challenges,
  • Approaches to urban planning: systems approach, master planning, structural planning, local planning and strategic planning approaches
  •  The new urban planning paradigm: Enabling and sustainable development approaches, Rationale process of urban planning: definition of goals and problems;
  • identification of plans/ policies; evaluation of alternative plans/ polices; implementation of plans/ policies and monitoring the effects of the plans/ policies

 

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Urban sectors

  • Urban infrastructure: road network, medical facilities, educational facilities, public transport systems and security,
  • Urban Agriculture: forms of urban agriculture (animal rearing, horticulture, etc), effects of urban agriculture,
  • Problems experienced by urban authorities in providing services to urban sectors.

 

6

Sustainable Urban Environment Management

  • The concept of sustainability and sustainable cities (greening concept)
  •  Indicators of monitoring sustainable urban development and lack of sustainability for an urban environment,
  • Urban environmental concerns: resources, health services, and sanitation, conservation and preservation of fragile ecosystems.

 

6

Urban Water

  • Water quality and supply in urban areas: urban water management cycle,
  • Urban water related infections/ sources of water in urban areas; water- infection path ways,
  • Urban water treatment process (case study: Kampala water-Ggaba 2 water plant, Sewage NWSC-Bugolobi, Kampala),
  • Causes of poor water quality in urban areas (developed and developing countries).Urban water pollution and control.

 

4

Urban solid waste management

·         Definition of solid wastes, sources and categories of solid wastes.

·         Methods of urban solid waste management: ocean dumping, deep well injection, municipal incineration, sanitary landfills and waste recycling.

 

4

Urban pollution

·         Introduction: major forms of urban pollution.

·         Air pollution: causes of air pollution, effects of urban air pollution and how to overcome these effects.

·         Noise pollution: introduction and measuring noise pollution, effects of noise pollution.

·         Addressing urban noise pollution problems

·         Water pollution: types and causes of water pollution in urban areas, effects of water pollution and preventive measures of water pollution.

·         Soil/ land pollution: causes of urban land pollution, effects and preventive actions of urban land pollution.

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MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes