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

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Mechanical Engineering

Registered students: 125
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 Year2015 – 2016
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
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
  • Book
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 Assigment401.3
Student Assessment
Ι. The final score is the result of the oral exam for the semester non-obligatory project that the students have to carry out and the semester final exams, using the formula 0,2*Oral Examination+0,8*Final exams (Condition: 50% success in final examination). II. Final score equals the score of the final examination.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Μουσιόπουλος Νικόλαος, Ντζιαχρήστος Λεωνίδας, Σλίνη Θεοδώρα, 2016. Τεχνική Προστασίας Περιβάλλοντος - Αρχές Αειφορίας. Ελληνικά Ακαδημαϊκά Ηλεκτρονικά Συγγράμματα και Βοηθήματα. Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο: 320064 2. Munier, N. 2005. Introduction to Sustainability – Road to a better future. Springer. Κωδικός στον Εύδοξο : 170113.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Meadows Donella, Randers Jorgen, Meadows Dennis. “Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004. 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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