Introduction to Environmental Studies (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    36 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: January 11, 2021 – February 08, 2021

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This course provides the fundamental concepts for students and/or professionals who are looking to understand the linkages between the environment, society, and the possible engineering solutions to protect our planet’s environment. The course aims to provide the foundational knowledge that would assist the students in choosing their future career paths in environmental studies at certification and undergraduate levels.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Show an understanding of the environmental aspects of engineering, sociology, and its impact on the society
  • Understand basic definitions and concepts related to environmental engineering
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role played by environmental science in general and its engineering applications to shape society’s response to the environment
  • Have a broad understanding of the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment
  • Have a basic understanding of the environmental laws governing engineering practice in Canada
  • Demonstrate global awareness of the critical role played by environmental engineering in shaping the future of the globe

Week-1: Environmental Science & Engineering

  • Basic Definitions and concepts
  • Social impact of environmental science
  • Public health and safety concepts
  • Ethics, Ecology and Social Responsibility

Week-2: Assessing Environmental Impact

  • What is Environmental Impact Analysis?
  • Various Types of Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Risk Analysis in Environmental Studies
  • Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Analysis
  • Ecosystem Risk Assessment

Week-3: Environmental Engineering

  • Understanding Aquatic Ecology
  • Water Pollution & Bio Degradation
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Decomposition
  • Heavy metals and Toxic material classifications
  • Impact of pollution on various water bodies (streams, rivers, oceans)

Week-4: Solid Waste Management

  • Classification of municipal solid waste
  • Techniques of solid waste management
  • Landfills, Unprocessed Refuse, and land degradation
  • Hazardous and Radioactive Waste
  • Air pollution and weather studies

Week-5: Environmental Law & Society

  • Canadian Federal law on Environment
  • Environmental Sociology & Economics
  • Career paths in environmental studies
  • Group Project Presentations

Required Materials

Textbook: Free Textbook in PDF format is available with the Instructor. Other books may be recommended.


Live Online

Part Time:

January 11, 2021 – February 08, 2021

  • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars.
  • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST .
  • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students need access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions. To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.


Registration fee for this course is $480.

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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