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Diploma in Environmental Management

Learn about the environment and various ways of sustaining different energy systems with this free online course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online environmental management diploma course will introduce you to climate change, sustainability, and the IPAT equation. You will study climate processes, biogeochemical cycles, water pollution, the different types of pollutants and sources of pollution, environmental regulations, and waste management strategies. You will also learn about carbon emissions, combined heat and power, and building a sustainable energy economy.
  • Duration

    6-10 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This course begins with a definition of sustainability and looks at how the IPAT equation can be applied with various patterns fo human consumption. It also introduces the learner to various climate processes and how they work with also how these principles by producing greenhouse gases humans are altering the physical properties of the atmosphere in such a way as to increase its ability to retain heat.

You will also learn about biogeochemical cycles like the water, nitrogen and carbon cycles and their interactions with the ecosytem. You will also be introduced to water pollution, types of pollutants and the sources of pollution. The course will also teach you about environmental regulations governing waste management, waste management strategies and the history of human energy use. Finally, the course will teach you about carbon emissions, combined heat and power and how to build a sustainable energy economy.

This free online course will be of great interest to those with an interest in learning about or working in the area of environmental management. So, why wait? Start the course today and by the end of the week you will have gained some valuable knowledge on environmental management studies!


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Introduction to Sustainability: Humanity and the Environment

Climate and Global Change


Physical Resources: Water, Pollution, and Minerals

Diploma in Environmental Management - First Assessment

Environmental and Resource Economics

Modern Environmental Management

Sustainability and Environmental Challenges

Energy Sources, Carriers and Energy Uses

Sustainable Infrastructure

Sustainable Energy Practices

Diploma in Environmental Management - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be tested on the following learning outcomes:

- Discuss the definition of sustainability.
- Identify the basic facility before the IPAT equation can be used.
- Define both "climate" and "weather" and explain how they relate.
- Discuss the role and mechanisms of the major controls on Earth's climate using the concepts of insolation, albedo and greenhouse gases.
- Explain the enhanced greenhouse effect.
- Describe the natural cycles of carbon, water, and nitrogen.
- Discuss biodiversity and current trends in biodiversity loss.
- Discuss soil sustainability and soil-forming factors.
- Discuss what sewage treatment does and its importance.
- Discuss cost-benefit analysis.
- Discuss how to identify/evaluate uncertainties in risk assessment.
- Identify the ultimate sources of renewable energy.
- Discuss the basic thermodynamic principles of heat.


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