Introduction to Environmental Studies (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    36 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

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Part Time: June 14, 2021 – July 12, 2021

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Environmental Studies- Introductory Course

The Introduction to Environmental Studies course covers the fundamental concepts for students or professionals who are looking to understand the links between the environment, society and possible engineering solutions to protect our planet’s environment. The course aims to provide the foundational knowledge that would assist the students in choosing their future career paths in environmental studies at certification and undergraduate levels.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Environmental Studies course, successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand the environmental aspects of engineering, sociology, and its impact on society
  • Understand basic definitions and concepts related to environmental engineering
  • Recognize the role played by environmental science in general and its engineering applications to shape society’s response to the environment
  • Broadly understand the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment
  • Understand the environmental laws governing engineering practice in Canada
  • Demonstrate global awareness of the critical role played by environmental engineering in shaping the future of the globe

Week 1: Environmental Science and Engineering

  • Basic Definitions and concepts
  • Social impact of environmental science
  • Public health and safety concepts
  • Ethics, Ecology and Social Responsibility

Week 2: Assessing Environmental Impact

  • What is Environmental Impact Analysis?
  • Various Types of Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Risk Analysis in Environmental Studies
  • Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Analysis
  • Ecosystem Risk Assessment

Week 3: Environmental Engineering

  • Understanding Aquatic Ecology
  • Water Pollution & Bio Degradation
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Decomposition
  • Heavy metals and Toxic material classifications
  • Impact of pollution on various water bodies (streams, rivers, oceans)

Week 4: Solid Waste Management

  • Classification of municipal solid waste
  • Techniques of solid waste management
  • Landfills, Unprocessed Refuse, and land degradation
  • Hazardous and Radioactive Waste
  • Air pollution and weather studies

Week 5: Environmental Law and Society

  • Canadian Federal law on Environment
  • Environmental Sociology & Economics
  • Career paths in environmental studies
  • Group Project Presentations


Live Online

Part Time:

  • June 14, 2021 – July 12, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • A free textbook in PDF format is available from the instructor, though other books may be recommended too


The registration fee for this course is $480.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience. 

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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