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Introduction to Environmental Engineering


The Curricular Unit of Introduction to Environmental Problems has as main objective to establish the first contact of students with environmental engineering subjects on a prospective basis for development of subsequent courses of degree in Environmental Engineering.


Environmental Engineering

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 3

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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  • Framework and specificity of UC in the context of the Degree in Environmental Engineering;
  • Major Environmental Issues: Biodiversity; Climate change. Mitigation and adaptation measures; Natural resources; Microplastic; Circular Economy;
  • International Marks: Helsinki Conference, Rome Club Report, Brundtland Commission, Rio Conference, Agenda 21, Montreal Protocol, Kyoto Protocol, Johannesburg Conference, Paris Conference;
  • European environment policy. Action Programs. National Policy for the Environment. Basic Law of the Environment;
  • Factors of Degradation of the State of the Environment, Natural and Environmental Risks;
  • Environmental Technologies;
  • Areas of work of an environment engineer.


The curricular unit main goal is introducing current subjects related to the environment, intended to stimulate students' motivation and critical opinion, helping on clarifying key aspects of future professional activity, as well as introduce the way of an Engineer "thinks and acts" in daily situations.

In this Curricular Unit (UC) it is intended that students:

  • Know the areas of performance of an environmental engineer;
  • Acquire knowledge regarding environmental concerns, international milestones and a comprehensive view of European and national policies;
  • Develop interpersonal skills: group work and communication in heterogeneous training teams.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The presentation of the topics defined in the UC syllabus will be carried out using audiovisual and interactive methods, always promoting the discussion of the subjects presented. Whenever necessary / possible / appropriate, real cases / case studies will be presented in order to increase knowledge and awareness of environmental issues.

Assessment: Continuous with 1 individual work (50%), 1 group work (50%). 

Although it is established that this unit is presential, the transition to 100 % remote learning, in the context of COVID, is planned for and feasible at all times.  

Pedagogical inovation practices: students' acquisition of knowledge is deeply focused on an individual task of critical analysis of information obtained by themselves, developing their research capacity, their critical thinking in relation to scientific information and the formulation of reasoned opinions on the most relevant topics in the area of Environmental Engineering.



  •   Chiras, D.D. (2006). Environmental Science. Creating a Sustainable Future. 7th edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudburry.
  • Kutz, M.   (2018).   Handbook   of   Environmental   Engineering.   John   Wiley   &   Sons,   Inc.. ISBN:9781119304418, DOI:10.1002/9781119304418.
  • McKinney, M.L e Schoch, R.M., (2003). Environment Science. Systems and Solutions, 3th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury.
  • Vesilind, P.A. & Morgan, S.M. (2004). Introduction to Environmenal Engineering, 2nd ed. Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning, Belmont.
  • Wagner, T. &Sanford, R. (2005). Environmental Science: Active Learning Laboratories and  Applied Problem Sets. John Wiley & Sons, New York. FCT GE105.WAG
  • Wright, R.T. (2005). Environmental Science, 9th edition. Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River. FCT GE105.WRI.


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