Mandatory Modules

Module B1: Introduction to ERM

The module provides an introductory overview of the concept of Environmental and Resource Management with its economic, environmental, social and legal approach. Students learn in case studies to define and identify regional and global environmental problems, the appropriate management techniques and solutions. Furthermore the class gives an introduction to methods of scientific work. The content of the module is changing from year to year according to topicality.
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Module B2: Mathematics of Engineering I

The module provides an introduction into mathematical reasoning and into the basic principles and techniques of analytic geometry and linear algebra. The students are taught to apply the learned topics in accompanying problem sessions. Objectives of the course are to enable the students to perform simple mathematical arguments, to verify the validity of simple mathematical relations, and to deal with and get routine with some fundamental tools of advanced mathematics in the areas of analytic geometry and linear algebra.
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Module B3: Mathematics of Engineering II

The module provides an introduction into the basic principles and techniques of calculus of one and several variables. The students are taught to apply and to get routine with the learned methods in accompanying problem sessions. Objectives of the course are to enable the students to carry out simple mathematical arguments, to verify the validity of simple mathematical relations, and to perform and employ fundamental techniques in the area of calculus.
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Module B4: Statistics

The learning outcome will be the acquirement of basic knowledge and skills in probability theory and mathematical statistics and gives an introduction of combinatorics, discrete and continuous random variables and their distributions, laws of large numbers, central limit theorem, point and interval estimations, significance tests and regression analysis.
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Module B5: Basic Natural Sciences

Basic Natural Sciences provides and introduction to basic ideas and fundamental techniques in Chemistry and Physics. Modern chemistry and environment, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics are some of the topics covered within the Chemistry part. Within the Physics classes fundamental laws of physics are derived and the principles of physics as the fundamental science are developed. Particular emphasis will be given to show the interdependence between observation, modelling, and mathematical description for the understanding of Nature. Lab courses and weekly offered exercises or seminars are meant as a support and a guide to problem solving.
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Module B6: Sociology

This introductory module in sociology has the objective to convey a basic understanding of sociological thought and the methods used in social sciences. The module is also designed to provide an overview of environmental sociology and a profound understanding of the potential and limitations of the various approaches. The module shall enable students to analyze social relations and identify their impact upon areas or issues significant to their work. It provides students with the analytical tools to creatively deal with problems resulting from social relations.
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Module B7: Economics

The principles of economic theory are important to understand economic behaviour in production and consumption. The module comprises an introduction in economic theory and issues of applied economics. It is complementing the course Business Administration and prepares the basis for Environmental and Resource Economics. The module gives an introduction to optimization processes of households and firms and covers market transactions and general equilibrium theory.
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Module B8: Biology

The module gives an overview of cellular and molecular biology in order to enable students to understand life processes in their basic lines from the molecular to the organismic level, to enable students to handle selected biological methods (e.g. work with compound microscopes), to enable students to explain life processes and biological methods in adequate scientific language, and to enable students to work with different literature search and data base systems.
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Module B9: Ecology

The module comprises lectures about Biodiversity and Special Ecology. Objectives are to outline the fundamentals of the biodiversity approach concerning genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity, to enable students to reflect the difference and relations between ecology, conservation biology, nature conservation and resource management and to outline guidelines for protecting and managing biodiversity in a sustainable way. Furthermore it will provide a worldwide overview of ecological problems in different ecosystem types, to provide a first introduction to ecology and biogeography, and to convey specific knowledge on major terrestrial and aquatic habitat types of the world.
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Module B10: Freshwater Conservation and Water Resource Management

The module will provide the base for a sustainable freshwater resource management. Students will get an integrative overview in surface water, groundwater and freshwater ecology. Understanding shall be achieved of the comprehensive water cycle with its abiotic and biotic processes, basics of hydrology and freshwater ecology, terms and methods related to water balance and the components of the water cycle, hydrological and ecological processes and their interaction relevant to water quantity and quality. Surface waters shall be understood as living systems, characteristics and principle ecological function of streams, rivers, and lakes shall be known.     
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Module B11: Basic Soil Science

The objective of this module is to give an overview of the basic factors and processes that influence soil formation. Subsequently existing soil taxonomies (basic structure) will be presented. Relevant soil functions will be discussed and related degradation impacts will be assessed at both the ecosystem and landscape level. Mandatory block seminars will get students familiar with the lab work and the practical use of knowledge gained during the lectures.
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Module B12: Geosciences and Natural Resources

The module provides an overview about the geological processes at the surface and subsurface of the earth and information about raw materials and resources. Students will be enabled to understand the nature of geological processes and the role of these processes for the life on earth and to realize the interaction between geological processes, environment and anthropogenic activities. Further emphasis is laid on the genesis, the worldwide distribution, the utilisation, the trade ways and volume, the substitution potential, the recycling possibilities and the environmental relevance of different raw materials. Excursions to mining sites help to understand different processes.
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Module B13: Economic and Social Instruments of ERM

The objective of the module is to develop an understanding of environmental management as a social process and to develop the ability to understand and critically assess environmental management strategies in this respect. It provides an overview of environmental policy instruments and a profound understanding of the potential and limitations of the various approaches in the political management of environmental problems.
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Module B14: International Environmental Law

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[Translate to Englisch:] The objective of the module is to develop an understanding of the functions, possibilities and instruments of law in general, and especially of environmental law. The module is designed to provide an overview of the potentials and limitations of instruments of environmental law to solve or to support solving regional, national and international environmental problems and additionally of problems in business processes.
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Module B15: Corporate Environmental Protection

The module gives an overview about product integrated environmental protection and environmental protection in enterprises and clean production. An integrated approach to environmental protection includes considerations of resource efficiency, minimization of energy usage, as well as safety and cleanliness of manufacturing and products. Legal requirements, international and national standards, environmental-related design rules and tools for the implementation of environmental design requirements are shown. Furthermore the students shall understand the environmental benefits of modern cycle economic and of recycling and recycling networks.
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Module B16: Integrated Environmental Planning

This module introduces the major tools of environmental planning, impact analysis and information systems. The module covers environmental planning systems, environmental impact analysis, site analysis and environmental risk assessment. Geographic Information Systems are described and discussed with reference to the applicability to environmental planning and impact assessment.
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Module B17: Business Administration

The module aims to impart knowledge on central business management problems under the consideration of the natural environment as well as chosen problem-solving options. It will give an introductory overview on concepts and software on evaluation procedures and decision making in environmental management. Both an integrative approach and a case study oriented approach to environmental problems and their solutions will be offered.
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Module B19: Sustainable Waste Management

In the field of waste management, the student will learn to analyse an to understand typical problems of disposal within the social, economical an technical framework of sustainability. They should learn to adapt technical and management solutions to the conditions of their home countries.
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Module B20: Atmosphere

The student shall be able to understand and apply the basic principles of atmospheric physics, because this is an avoidable prerequisite to discuss topics/problems in respect to air quality and climate change on a sound knowledge base. The student shall be able to understand and apply the basic chemical reaction mechanisms taking place in the atmosphere. Specific topics are photochemistry in the troposphere and the stratosphere, liquid phase chemistry and gas-to-particle conversion as well as anthropogenic and biogenic emissions of pollutants.
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Module B33: Semester Abroad

Semester abroad is a mandatory part of the Bachelor programme (preferably done in the fifth semester). The ERM programme is offered in cooperation between the BTU Cottbus and partner universities, out of which one can be chosen for the semester abroad. The partner universities offer compatible classes, which can easily be recognised.
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Module B34: Bachelor Thesis

The candidate shall provide evidence that he or she is able to recognize a problem involved in the respective subject and locate a solution thereof in a limited period of time and with defined means of help. He or she shall prove that he or she identifies the context of the field under examination, is able to place specific problems in context and master common methodology of the subject. The Bachelor thesis is a part of the examination by way of which the student shall prove that he or she is able to handle a particular task under guidance, working independently and successfully and can provide practical insights into the solution of the thesis' problem.
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