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BAE (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
204
032165
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Intro to Env/Ecol Eng
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Biological and Agriculture Engineering (11BAE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
2
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture1.0
Laboratory2.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Francois Birgand
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Laboratory4040Non/a
Laboratory4040Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BAE 200 and (BIO 181 or BIO 183); Corequisite: BAE 203 and SSC 200
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11BEBS-11BEBEEBiological Engineering-Environmental EngineeringRequired
11BEBSBiological EngineeringElective
Introduction to the principles and applications related to environmental and ecological engineering. Topics include watershed hydrology, nutrient cycling, sources of environmental pollution, and the impact to ecosystems. An overview of different methods employed in these two disciplines to remediate and protect natural resources. Special emphasis on how soil, water, microbial, and plant interactions occur in ecosystems and how they are used to develop treatment technologies.

The proposed 2 credit hour course will be offered in the second semester of the sophomore year.  It will complement BAE 203 Introduction to AutoCAD Civil 3D for Environmental & Ecological Engineers (2 hrs). These two courses will replace BAE 202 (4 hrs) for the Environmental and Ecological concentrations in BAE.


Traditional soil and water concepts utilized in Agricultural Engineering have been blended with biology and ecology to form the foundation of Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Employers in numerous sectors seek graduates that have an advanced understanding of the relationship between biology, ecology, and engineering that can effectively design and manage projects to protect and improve our environment.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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Existing resources are being reallocated to support this course. No new resources will be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student will be able to describe what are the causes and the sources of pollution in the environment, and will have acquired experience on monitoring methods:



  • Describe what are the fundamental requirements of life

  • Describe the energy flow from the cellular to the ecosystem level

  • List the most common causes and the sources of pollution in the environment

  • Explain the common strategies to mitigate excess nutrients in water: wetlands, riparian zones, stormwater control measures

  • Describe the common strategies to mitigate excess nutrients in air

  • Demonstrate experience in flow and water quality monitoring in streams

  • Demonstrate experience in air flow and quality monitoring

  • Calculate nutrient and material fluxes from time series data

  • Monitor intensively rainfall and stormflow

  • Calculate water and mass balance at the watershed scale


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework50%One or two exercises per week to be completed individually.
Quiz15%Pre-class or in-class quizzes will cover readings and skills.
Midterm15%n/a
Final Exam20%n/a
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Week 11 weekLecture: Introduction to the five major requirements of life, major molecular families

Lab: Methods to measure flow in streams
Week 21 weekLecture: major molecular families and how organisms obtain their living needs

Lab: Introduction to different instrumentation to measure flow and rainfall in the field
Week 31 weekLecture: How organisms obtain their living needs: energy flow at the cellular level

Lab: Collection and description of wetland soil samples: organic matter, oxidation/reduction
Week 41 weekLecture: Energy flow at the cellular level, redox conditions, drivers of all biogeochemical processes

Lab: Indicators of good vs bad water quality: introduction to concentration standards
Week 51 weekLecture: The energy and nutrient flow at the ecosystem level

Lab: What is and how to delineate a watershed
Week 61 weekLecture: Causes and sources of excess nutrients and pollution in water

Lab: Stormwater sampling
Week 71 weekLecture: Causes and sources of excess nutrients and pollution in air

Lab: Calculating indicators of hydrological cycle from acquired data
Week 81 weekLecture: Nutrient and energy flow in the biosphere

Lab: Midterm exam
Week 91 weekLecture: Introduction to treatment systems: wetlands

Lab: Sample water quality and analyze in the lab
Week 101 weekLecture: Introduction to treatment systems: riparian zones

Lab: sample air quality and analyze in the lab
Week 111 weekLecture: Introduction to treatment systems: Stormwater control measures

Lab: Calculate a mass balance of defined pollutant in Rocky Branch
Week 121 weekClassroom -Introduction to treatment systems: air quality measures

Lab: Field trip to air control measures
Week 131 weekLecture: Introduction to treatment systems: waste management measures

Lab: Field trip to animal waste control measures
Week 141 weekLecture: Introduction to Water quality sampling strategies

Lab: Sampling and identifying stream and wetland organisms
Week 151 weekLecture: Review of the water and air quality issues in NC

Lab: Tour of all treatment systems on campus

Key: 7154