King Abdullah I School of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research

Course Description

General Environment Status in Jordan (NH)
This course is designed to bring students up to a standard level of understanding Environmental issues and Environmental Management in Jordan. It will thus cover a wide range of subjects and will also provide numerous in-depth perspectives of specific current topical concepts such as key environmental issues for Jordan and the means for coping with environmental challenges. For example, the course will tackle legislative framework for environment protection, issues of water availability for economic development and sustainability, current issues on hazardous substances management, energy resources, solid waste management, and others.

Environment and Sustainable Development (MS)
In this course students will learn about historical developments that resulted in current unbalanced environmental situation. It will explore the limits of an industrial society which depends on fossil energy resources. The coherence of natural material and energy flows and man-made technical production processes will also be explained at length. Issues of integrated management of ecosystems will be addressed in depth.

Environmental Resource Management (NH)
Resources are becoming scant and we have to optimize their use in a professional manner. With increasing demand for water, Jordan is facing severe shortages of water resources for future development. This course will address managerial and technical aspects and include national policies, standards and regulations, pricing and water management by different users. Resource management also implies changing attitudes regarding waste disposal. This course is also designed to give students overview on topical issues such as solid domestic waste and waste water, hazardous waste and industrial emissions. Integrated resource management schemes/alternatives will be provided for different types of wastes.

Environmental Management Tools (BH)
The course will provide an overview of presently applied management tools in a practical manner and will explain complete methodology/steps for well known tools in environmental management such as Good Housekeeping, Environmental Diagnosis, Ecomapping, Environmental Performance Indicators and environmental management systems (EMAS and ISO 14000). Additionally, the course will cover environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing. The course will include designing and implementing necessary field studies to practice and apply the different tools. The course will also introduce and prepare for more specialized topics that will be taught in more detail during the programme. Instruction will be through E-learning and on-site.

Cleaner Production (BH)
Cleaner Production (CP) is a strategy to make enterprises more environmentally and economically efficient, thus contributing to achieving sustainable industrial production. This course is designed to provide the methodology for implementing and maintaining cleaner production practices in enterprises. This entails the initial quick scan for any production activity, material and energy flow analysis, identifying and evaluating the CP options from both technical and financial aspects. Case studies and practical sessions will be included in the curricula.

Hazardous Material, Toxicology and Human Health (NH +BH +MS)
This course is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of hazardous material and its management. It will include characterization of hazardous materials and wastes, national legal framework and international conventions, sources, proper storage, handling, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes, in addition to preparing a management plan for hazardous materials and wastes at an enterprise level. Furthermore, risks resulting from an inadequate handling of hazardous goods will be presented and its possible impact on health will be addressed.

Environmental Economics & Meso analysis (MS)
Environmental Economics is a theoretical framework for analysing interfaces between nature and human activities. The study of environmental costs and benefits of an economic activity has been known to be either micro (at the level of a company) or macro (at the level of a country). A meso study is the economic assessment of the environmental degradation at the level of an economic sector or an urban community; a level in between micro and macro. The consequences of their activities are translated in economic monetary terms into environmental degradation costs (costs of damages and inefficiencies) and remediation costs. The course will provide students with all the required knowledge and the tools needed to undertake environment-economic analyses at various levels, including industrial and urban levels.

This module will cover technical knowledge as well as the managerial and administrative skills needed in order to undertake proper projects. The course is designed to help students develop their managerial skills in Finance, Business ethics, Business managerial approaches, Feasibility studies, Human Resources and Project Management. Moreover, these future decision-makers will also find in this course the tools to develop their leadership skills, such as team-building, problem solving, communicating, negotiating and influencing the organization.