Course Information
SchoolMechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNikolaos Mousiopoulos
Course ID20000385

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Mechanical Engineering

Registered students: 118
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
EnergyCompulsory Courses belonging to the selected specialization845
Design and StructuresElective Courses belonging to the other845
Industrial ManagementElective Courses belonging to the other845

Class Information
Academic Year2014 – 2015
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours6
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Thermodynamics Heat Transfer Fluid Dynamics
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will: - Understand the concept of sustainability and sustainable development - Recognize sustainable and non sustainable practices - Be able to utilize tools for the sustainability assessment - Be able to integrate sustainability principles in the management of energy and environmental resources
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction – Principles of sustainability: History and definitions, Population growth and development limits, The “sustainability triangle” and main dilemmas, Intergenerational and intragenerational justice issues, Distribution of resources and sustainability, Global governance. Natural resources and sustainability: Environmental pressures with focus on the role of energy, Climate change, the role of vegetation, Biodiversity, Water quality, Sustainability in the urban environment. Sustainability and development: Characteristics of sustainable development, Globalisation impacts, Ecological Footprint, Ecoperformance and dematerialisation, Shift to a “Green” economy, Sustainability and corporate responsibility, Sustainability assessment techniques: The DPSIR framework, sustainability indicators. Air pollution: Source-receptor relationships in different scales, From emission to exposure and its impacts. Protocols and associated regulations. Cost allocation for pollution control schemes. Air pollution reduction: Pollution control and mitigation, Waste gas treatment for gaseous and particulate pollutants, CO2 emission reduction. Sustainability in energy production: Conventional sources, renewable sources, International environment and the situation of Greece. Sustainability in energy consumption: Buildings, Transport. Product end-of-life approaches: Reuse and recycling, energy utilization, Reverse logistics issues. Lifecycle analysis: General approach of LCA, Indicator design through LCA, LCA in transport: Well-to-wheel. Environmental management tools: ISO, EMAS, Eco Label. Integrated product policy: The consumer’s role, Successful examples. Risk assessment and management: Risk and decision making, Risk quantification.
sustainability, sustainable development, environment, energy, integrated management, corporate responsibility
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Video and image projection with the use of a beamer. Course management through the eclass web application.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.5
Student Assessment
The final score is the result of the oral exam for the semester project that the students have to carry out and the semester final exams, using the formula 0,2*Oral Examination+0,8*Final exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Munier, N. 2005. Introduction to Sustainability – Road to a better future. Springer. Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο : 170113.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Πανεπιστημιακές σημειώσεις 2. Ellen M. van Bueren (Editor), Hein van Bohemen (Editor), Laure Itard (Editor), Henk Visscher (Editor), Sustainable Urban Environments: Ecosystem Approach, Springer; 2012 edition. 3. GEA Writing team, Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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