Waste Management & Utilisation
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
10 Credyd neu 5 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Prysor Williams
Overall Aims and Purpose • To enable students to appreciate the importance of waste management and utilisation in the context of sustainable development. • To provide students with an understanding of the drivers governing materials consumption and disposal in the past, present and future. • To allow students to generate and develop ideas and take part in class discussions on materials utilisation and end life issues (cradle to grave). • To allow students to consider the implications and impact of waste disposal and recycling strategies from scientific and socio-economic perspectives.
The world is using natural resources at an unprecedented rate, often with little thought given to the efficient use of those resources or the consequences of disposal. The current trend has led to generation of significant volumes of waste. This often represents a loss of potentially valuable product, in addition to causing a wide range of issues related to pollution and health, greenhouse gas emissions, and limited landfill availability. Governments and society now have to meet increasingly stringent targets for reducing waste volumes; indeed, effective waste management and utilisation is now regarded as an inherent part of sustainable development. This module will explore the implications of our present behaviour around waste generation and materials utilisation, will look at the options and issues surrounding different strategies for dealing with waste, and will consider the changes needed to manage and utilise waste and materials in a sustainable manner.
Good (C- to B+) A good grasp of the subject matter, evidence of some supplementary reading, few errors of facts, evidence of misunderstanding of some of the subject matter. Statements supported by factual information, but not in a fully consistent and comprehensive manner. Essays having structure, but not being structured in a fully logical or consistent manner. Use of diagrams to support concepts where appropriate and where they add to the understanding of the points being made, but not always used appropriately. Very Good (60-70%) A very good understanding of the subject matter, evidence of a moderate amount of supplementary reading, with very few errors of facts, little misunderstanding of the subject matter. Statements supported by factual information in a largely consistent and essentially comprehensive manner. Essays structured in a logical or consistent manner, but with some inappropriate development of thought or arguments. Use of diagrams to support concepts where appropriate and where they add to the understanding of the points being made.
Excellent (A- to A**) Excellent grasp of subject matter and knowledge of subject, evidence of substantial supplementary reading with no errors of facts, no misunderstanding of the subject matter. Statements supported by factual information in a consistent and comprehensive manner. Essays structured in a logical or consistent manner. Imaginative and appropriate use of diagrams to support concepts where they add to the understanding of the points being made.
Threshold (D- to D+) Fundamentals of key points covered, some serious inaccuracies, misunderstandings and misconceptions, no evidence of supplementary reading. An adequate but low understanding of the concepts presented in the course. Little provided in the way of factual information to support statements. Little evidence of a structured approach to essay writing. No attempt to use diagrams to support the concepts introduced in the essay, where such use would be of benefit.
Have an understanding of the drivers of materials consumption and waste generation in both developed and developing countries.
Understand the various problems associated with end of life disposal of materials.
Have knowledge of the various legislative procedures concerning disposal and recycling.
Appreciate the benefits and problems (scientific and socio-economic) associated with different waste management strategies.
Be able to consider the criteria that should be used to determine the environmental credentials of materials usage (LCA's, renewable energy generation, etc.).
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Private and guided self-study
22 h of lectures
A visit to a waste management facility taking in multiple streams of different wastes. This will enable students to see and discuss the practicalities of waste management, "upcycling", communication and education, and the social / community benefits from appropriate utilisation of waste streams.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3402.html
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
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- F900: BSC Environmental Science year 3 (BSC/ES)
- F901: BSc Environmental Science (4 yr with placement) year 3 (BSC/ES4)
- F90F: BSc Environmental Science year 3 (BSC/ESF)
- 8U71: BSc Environmental Science (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/ESIE)
- F850: Master of Environmental Science year 3 (M/ENVSCI)
- F851: MEnvSci Environmental Science with International Experience year 3 (MENVSC/ESIE)
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- L700: BA Geography year 3 (BA/GEOG)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/GEOGIE)
- F854: BSC Environmental Management year 3 (BSC/EM)
- F803: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 3 (BSC/GEF)
- F804: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 4 (BSC/GEF4)
- F800: BSC Geography year 3 (BSC/GEOG)
- F806: BSc Geography (4 yr with placement) year 3 (BSC/GEOG4)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 4 (BSC/GEOGIE)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 3 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 4 (MGEOG/GIE)