Introduction to Environmental Studies (Live Online)

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    15 hours

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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

Admission Requirements



Subject to change without notice

Hassan Syed

Hassan Syed is a law graduate from England and Wales. He holds an LLM in International law and a doctorate in Finance and Economics. He is also a professional civil engineer. Hassan is currently completing his second doctoral degree in Italy. He has published extensively on the topics of sustainability, environmentalism, law, history, sociology, economics, and finance. Three of his publications are now chapters in IGI Global books. He is an active researcher and international presenter at annual international conferences on environmentalism, law, and economics. He serves as a scientific committee member for three international conferences on economics and finance. Hassan is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Economic Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Live Online

  • Coming again in 2023
    • 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

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies. Claudia J.Ford. Coognella Academic Publishing. 2022. ISBN: 9781793519139, 1793519137


The registration fee for this course is $480.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced 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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