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THIAGARAJAR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, MADURAI 625015

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering


Course plan for the Academic Year 2014 - 2015
Course Name: Environmental Science and Ethics
Course Code: 14EE230
Semester: II
Staff in charge: Mr. S.Rajkumar
Objective:
The objective of this course to provide comprehensive insight into ecosystem, natural resources and
biodiversity and creates awareness in every electrical engineering graduate about the importance of
environment and the effect of technology on the environment and ecological balance and make them
sensitive and educate the ways and means to protect the environment in every professional endeavour
that they participates. It also imparts fundamental environmental ethics and legal provisions.
Module No.
1.0
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
2.0
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
3.0
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.9
4.0
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5

Topic

Environment- an overview
Ecosystem- Definition, concept, structure
Function and types of an ecosystem, ecological succession
Biodiversity- definition, consumptive and productive values
Threats to biodiversity
Conservation of biodiversity
Natural resources types, uses of energy resource
Role of an individual in the conservation of natural resources
Environmental impacts of energy sources
Sources of primary energy
Present and future consumption of energy
Environmental impacts of oil, natural gas, coal
Environmental impacts of hydro electric and nuclear power
plants
Wind mills and solar panels- effects on environment
Urban problems related to energy
Climatic change and solid waste management
Sources and effects of air and noise pollution
Global warming, ozone layer depletion, acid rain- causes and
consequences
Preventive measures for pollution
green technologies and green buildings
Role of an individuals in pollution control
Sustainable development
E-waste- effects and management
Nuclear waste management
Future challenges
Environmental laws and Ethics
Legal provisions in India need
Air, water, forest, soil and wildlife act
Environmental ethics- theories and codes
Resource consumption pattern, equity-disparity, Urban-rural
equity issues, need for gender equity
Preserving resource for future generation

No. of Lectures
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1

CO 1. Explain the concept, structure and function of an ecosystem


CO 2.Identify the values and conservation methods of biodiversity
CO 3. Demonstrate the environmental impacts of energy development
CO 4. Describe the effects and control measures of air and noise pollution
CO 5. Select the suitable management method for solid wastes
CO 6. Recall the environmental ethics and legal provisions
CO 7. Identify the appropriate disaster management method
4.6
Right of animals, ethical basis of environmental education and
awareness
4.7
Conservation ethics and traditional value system in India
4.8
Effect of social media on the adolescent
4.9
Disaster management
4.10
ISO 14001 certification
Total number of lectures

1
1
1
1
1
40

Course Outcomes
On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to
Text books
1. Erach Bharucha, Text book for Environmental sciences for Undergraduate cources, UGC,
2004 ( Module I,III &IV)
2. Kaushik, A & Kaushik, CP, Environmental Science and engineering, 3rd Edition,
New Age International (P) Limited, New Delhi, 2009. ( Module I)
3. Henry, JG & Heinke, GW, Environmental Science and Engineering, 2nd Edition,
PHI Learing Private limited, New Delhi, 2011. ( Module II)
Reference materials
1. Masters, GM & Ela, WP, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, 3rd
Edition, PHI Learing Private limited, New Delhi, 2009. ( Module III)
2.Encyclopaedia
of
environmental
ethics
and
philosophy.
Available
at
<www.gmu.ac.ir/download/booklibrary/e-library/Encyclopaedia of Environmental Ethics and
philosophy.pdf ( Module IV)
3.www.hightech.lbl.gov/dc-india/documents/presentation/greenbuilding-Srinivas.pdf
(Green
buildings)
4. www.bvucoepune.edu.in/pdfs/Research and Publication/Research Publication_201011/national conference_2010-11/Green building leader.pdf (Green buildings)
5. www.iisc.ernet.in/currsci/dec25200/1534.pdf ( Nuclear waste)
6. www.cpcb.nic.in/latest/27.06.08 guidlines for E-waste.pdf ( E-Waste)

HD/ EEE

Staff in-charge