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by Sisko Mällinen


Contents created by teachers participating in the project.
Compiled by Sisko Mällinen

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This curriculum is the result of the EduEnvi project - a joint collaboration of nine universities: Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Lillebaelt Academy (Denmark), University of Valladolid  (Spain), ITMO University (St. Petersburg, Russia), Ural Federal University named after Boris Eltsyn (Russia), Tumen State University (Russia), Kazakh National University Al-Farabi (Kazakhstan), Kokchetau State University named after Sh. Ualikhanov (Kazakhstan), South Kazakhstan State University named after. M. Auezov (Kazakhstan). The project addressed the need to update the current education and create new competences in the field of sustainable waste management in Russia and Kazakhstan by developing higher education training curriculum at the master's level together to better match the needs of companies and other interested parties.
The EduEnvi project led to creation of 20 new courses, which can be used in various combinations according to the required curricula content or learning package. The content offers eight contemporary thematic modules created, 60 ECTS altogether and is implemented in three Russian and three Kazakh universities within the new master's programs and includes online courses and e-learning materials to share the aligned curricula content between participating universities. It is also available at open education platforms, and edx and can be used for training purposes in the international student groups and for training in companies.

1. Module I: Comprehensive risk assessment in waste management
1.1 Course 1: Introduction to environmental risks
1.2 Course 2: Environmental, social and economic risks
1.3 Course 3: Solid wastes and environmental risks
2. Module II: Biotechnologies for waste utilization
2.1 Course 1: Basics of ecological biotechnologies
2.2 Course 2: The Applied Aspects of Using Biotechnological Methods for Waste Utilization
3. Module III: Non-energy technologies for waste utilization
3.1 Course 1: Basics of waste utilization
3.2 Course 2: Reuse of side products and outputs
3.3 Course 3: Physico-chemical treatment methods in waste management
4. Module IV: Energy technologies for waste utilization
4.1 Course 1: Waste-to-energy plants and technologies
4.2 Course 2: Energy efficient technologies in waste treatment
5. Module V: Development of business and entrepreneurship for sustainable waste management
5.1 Course 1: Modeling of business processes in the field of waste management
5.2 Course 2: Business planning for sustainable waste management projects
6. Underpinning pedagogical principles
6. Module VI: Public administration and municipal governance in Sustainable Waste Management
6.1 Course 1: Institutional approach to SWM decision-making
6.2 Course 2: Public and municipal governance in SWM
6.3 Course 3: Budget and financial base of SWM
7. Module VII: Environmental management and waste prevention
7.1 Course 1: Waste prevention: sustainable business models, tools and good practices
7.2 Course 2: Application of ISO 14001 for waste prevention
7.3 Course 3: Theory and practice of waste management in companies
8. Module VIII: Life cycle assessment and life cycle costing
8.1 Course 1: Introduction to LCA based on ISO 14040 series
8.2 Course 2: Application of LCA for waste prevention
MODULE I: Comprehensive risk assessment in waste management

Competences obtained by students:

Ability to assess and rank risks associated with waste management (social, economic and environmental risks).

Ability to choose technologies for waste management facilities and manage environmental monitoring of soil, water, air and nature.
Course 1: Introduction to environmental risks, 3 ECTS

Competences obtained by students: Students will be
– able to assess the environmental risk created by the object of waste disposal on air, water, soil for sustainable management of industrial production;
– able to apply quantitative calculation methods of risk assessment in practice;
– able to argue and determine the level of risk associated with the activities of enterprises;
– possesses competencies for formulating issues, challenges, and generalization of the results obtained for risk assessment.

Learning Outcomes:
After this course students will be able to
- demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, definitions and different approaches to environmental risk assessment;
– use knowledge of environmental monitoring to assess risks;
– calculate the level of risk created by the enterprise for air, water, soil using monitoring data;
– use regulatory documents in the field of environmental risk assessment;
– normalize and assess the risk of contamination of territories with radioactive waste;
– make design and technical documentation for the assessment of existing risks.