Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme
The Environmental Technology programme gives students:
- a thorough scientific background of living organisms (microbiology, animal biology, plant biology) and a notion of ecological concepts (and risks)
- a thorough understanding of chemistry, physics, informatics, mathematics (including statistics) and knowledge of engineering technologies (process engineering; process technology, process modelling and control, etc.) that can be employed in environmental technology
- an in depth scientific background in environmenal technology/environmental sciences related sub-disciplines (focusing on water, air and soil) and the influence of human activities (risk assessment, treatment and remediation, pollution, green chemistry, clean technology)
- an understanding of related disciplines aiming for assessing/remediating environmental risks (soil, water, gas) and the social/legal implications (environmental law and management).
This is achieved by theoretical training as well as training in practical use of research methodology to study environmental technology. The student will develop a critical mindset that enables him to solve problems related to environment. The Bachelor of Environmental Technology has its own graduation finality, which is ensured by courses giving insight in the social context of environmental sciences (such as market economics and marketing, project management, intellectual property, environmental law, courses in company visits and seminars) and also through a big emphasis on the undergraduate thesis.
Next to that the programme is also very well designed to enable students to move on to various Master degree programmes related to environmental sciences, at Ghent University as well as other Belgian and international institutions.
Next to the above mentioned knowledge and understanding, learning outcomes also include the following skills and attitudes:
- Readily assimilate knowledge that is offered with regard to living matter and/or environmental sciences in particular
- Search, assimilate and process information and new knowledge
- Use knowledge and insight to solve problems related to the environmental problems through logical reasoning and analytical thinking
- Work goal-oriented, systematically and methodically
- Report and communicate clearly, intelligibly and scientifically (oral, written and graphical communication)
- Exhibit the capacity to put in place an experimental design and execute laboratory techniques in some specific scientific disciplines, with knowledge of the underlying
- Use the computer/ICT as a work instrument
- Work both self-reliantly as in a team, also in an interdisciplinary context
- Receptive to new ideas
- Ethical awareness
- Conscious of the social and economical role of environmental sciences in the society
- Focusing on lifelong learning
- Capable of great commitment