Environmental management

Characteristics of the study programme:

The bachelor’s study programme accredited in the study field 4.3.3 Environmental management consists of subjects of natural scientific, technical and social nature. It focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the area of aspects and influences of economic activity on environmental elements and their environmental and economic implications, in the area of natural resources and their rational use, environmental legislation, technical normalisation, metrology and testing, information and communication technologies, project development, environmental marketing, determinants of human development and quality of human life.

It is developed so as to prepare graduates for qualified work in state and public institutions, in the environment of business legal entities, educational institutions, for the need of state and public administration focused on the creation and protection of environmental elements and management of instruments of the environmental policy on national and international level.

Studies profile graduates as multidisciplinary experts for medium-level management and ensuring care for the environment in state and public administration, as well as in the field of institutional ensuring, planning and management of sustainable development in all its aspects and on the level of business legal entities.

Graduate profile:

Graduates of the study programme gain knowledge and competences applicable in basic areas of creation and protection of environmental elements in the context of sustainable growth and sustainable development.

Graduates:

  • Have knowledge about the multi-causality and variability of anthropogenic human activity and its impacts on biodiversity and the environment;
  • Can define the basic problems of the environment, determine the priorities of their solution and the possibilities of effective and saving impact of humans in the environment;
  • Are competent to work in an environment of legal entities, can carry out business and actively work on the definition of environmental aspects and influences of processes, their inputs, ongoing activities and outputs, including unused rests of products and their disposal;
  • Will also gain competences of environmental decision-making focused on changing the formula of consumption, environmentally suitable productions and products, development and management of programme of the entity's set environmental policy execution, implementation and maintenance of basic system of environmental management, counselling and consulting in selected areas of environmental management, practical increase of environmental education, awareness and greater engagement of people and employees as well as influencing, forming and stimulating public opinion as part of the environmental behaviour;
  • Can work on the level of basic and middle management in bodies of state administration, municipality, the third sector as well as in the production and non-production organisations when implementing instruments of the environmental policy and environmental management;
  • Can work in cooperation with institutions and bodies of national and international institutions and organisations;

Study Plan Template:

Environmental management – Bc. - Full-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015
Environmental management - Bc. - Part-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015

Brief characteristics of the mandatory study subjects:

  • General ecology

General ecology generalises ecologic phenomena regardless of systemic affiliation of living organisms. The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the study of ecology – through characterisation of media where organisms live and whose ecological factors conditions the dissemination of organisms on the surface of earth, through characterisation of mutual relations of organisms in populations and communities, as well as their evolution. Organisms and their environment create inseparable bio-systems. Part of the course is also the introduction to studies of structures and functions of the ecosystem.

  • Mathematics

The aim of the subject is to acquire knowledge of differential and integral functions of one real variable. To understand the principles of solving a system of linear equation using matrixes and determinants.To understand the principles and methods of solving definite integral functions and their applications.

  • Introduction to environmental studies

The subject represents an introduction to the studies of the environmentally-oriented subjects. It provides basic knowledge of environmental studies as interdisciplinary discipline studying the environment. Students learn the basic terminology concerning the environment, its elements and factors. They will learn to understand mutual implications between economic activities, sources of pollution and quality of the environment.

  • Informatics I

One of the prerequisites of success is the effective and quick information processing. This process nowadays cannot exclude the use of computer technology. The aim of the subject is to provide a complete and complex overview of the development and related information technologies, information and communication systems and enhanced knowledge of the use of text editor, table calculator.

  • Introduction to law

The aim of the subject is to introduce students to basic terms, categories and problems of the law by selecting the most important ones, especially the general problems that are shared by several field of law, as well as economic and political sciences. It will enable students to understand them in mutual systemic implications and links during their further studies of individual legal, economic and political fields reflected in individual study programmes and within them in individual study subjects. This way it will enable them to understand the significance of law and its place in the life of humans and society.

  • Foreign language I /English, Russian, French, German, Italian/

The aim of foreign language instruction is to prepare students to master the basics of the given language. To develop communicative competences of students in the following areas: Get by in everyday situations, learn grammar and vocabulary, lead a simple conversation about everyday life issues, practice understanding of heard text and understand a simple foreign language presentation, read, though using dictionary, simple foreign language texts, write various simple texts, provide students with basic overview of terminology of the chosen language. Read selected everyday texts, enhance vocabulary and improve grammar. Develop communicative competences of students. Master the basics of the language within given thematic fields. The aim is to achieve B2 level (according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

  • Statistics

The aim is to introduce students to the elemental terms of descriptive statistics, basic calculations of probability and principles of mathematical statistics. Students will learn about the standard used statistical procedures and methods. They will gain information about their purposes, principle, conditions of use and manner of results' interpretation.

  • Environmental aspects of processes and technologies

The aim of the subject is to provide profound information about the technological processes in industry, power engineering, in transport and other sectors. To examine and evaluate agricultural production, its use and negative impacts on the landscape.To discuss consequences of processes and technologies of elements of the environment.To learn ways of restoration and standards of pollutants.

  • Global and landscape ecology

The subject contains an explanation of basic terms, definitions and principles of landscape ecology. Attention is paid to the classification and evaluation of the areal structure of the landscape, processes of functioning and dynamics of landscape as well as natural landscape-creation processes and the role of human in landscape development. The subject also includes anoverview of the applied landscape-evaluating research methods.

  • Applied chemistry

The aim of the subject Chemistry is to deepen the use of acquired basic terminology and laws of general chemistry and to gain basic knowledge about the elements and compounds. By studying this subject, students will learn basic terms from organic chemistry, basic principles of chemical reactions taking place in living organisms. The aim is to understand the potential negative influence of these chemical reactions of foreign chemical substances as well as other factors (radiation, temperature etc.). They will also learn basic principles of analytical methods used in analytical chemistry.

  • Introduction to management and marketing

The aim of the subject is to teach students what management is, what its subject of study, its development is. It talks about the contribution of individual countries and nationals to the origin of management - Roots of management in military and religious organisation; Classification of management schools; Pre-classic management; Classic management; Behavioural management; Baťa’s management; Modern management; Empirical management; American, European and Asian management; Basic functions of management - planning, organisation, leadership and control.

  • Foreign substances and management of their risks

Foreign substances are an unnatural element of the environment. Sources of their origin are varied. The aim of the subject is to clarify places of their origin, mutual links in terms of global problems and possibilities of their reduced production. We analysethe risks and manners of elimination so as to prevent their potential entering of chains.

  • Environmental education

The aim of this subject is to teach students in a greater detail about the philosophical, psychological, pedagogical, legal and natural scientific aspects of environmental issues in the context of environmental education. To enable students to create as complex and as full view of the environmental issues as possible by identifying its individual aspects. To inform them about ecological and environmental education on various level of curricular and extracurricular education. Complex environmental education follows the basics of eco-philosophy, dynamic development of human personality, change of values and attitudes to environmental issues, development of activating methods in curricular and extracurricular education, development of didactic methods and broad environmental awareness.

  • Information systems and environmental monitoring

The aim of the subject is to gain knowledge about basic principles of monitoring systems of environmental protection and physical and chemical processes in various environmental media in order to exactly determine the representative of polluting substances.

  • Public relations

The aim of the subject is to acquire knowledge about the role of relations and communication among organisations of state administration, municipality, non-governmental organisations, business entities and the public. To understand the principles of communication and leading people. To get an overview of how communication with the public works while applying legal tools emphasising meeting of requirements through active participation of the public and active approach of the obliged entities.

  • Economic utilisation of landscape

The aim of this subject is the regional and geographic analysis of the economic use of the territory of Slovakia. Emphasis is put on important terms and definitions in the field of economy, economic geography and economic systems. Students will learn in detail about the economy of Slovakia and its historical development, the current state and regional differences in a special sector view.

  • Evaluation of environmental impacts

Students will learn about the valid legislation and methodology of evaluating the aims for realisation of activities. They will learn the structure of the process of evaluation and will master the individual steps of this process from submitting the aim to the final standpoint to realisation, including the principles of strategic environmental evaluation and evaluation of cross-border influences.

  • Environmental policy

The aim of the subject is to provide students with theoretical knowledge in the area of environmental policy, its tools as well as international documents concerning environmental protection while emphasisingrealisation of the environmental policy on the level of production organisations on the regional and local level. Tools of the environmental policy create, depending on specific market conditions, space also for individual decision-making of entities which leads to more effective allocation of sources and sufficient possibilities of improved environmental quality, provided clearly set conditions and rules are set.

  • Environmental law

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the issues of legal definition concerning individual elements of the environment, performance of state administration in the area of environmental protection and administrative law, international cooperation in the field of environmental protection, selected international agreement related with the protection of environmental elements, ecosystems, waste management and modification of liability for damages caused by activities that are dangerous for the environment that the Slovak Republic and the EU are a party to or are planning to be a party to.

  • Sustainable development

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the principles of sustainable development, with the need to refocus strategic decisions on environmental responsibility. The outcome for the theory of sustainable development is the explanation of environmental burden by anthropogenic activity and the related civilisation conflict. They will get to know the Agenda 21, indicators of sustainability according to the UN Committee for Sustainable Development and indicators of sustainability according to the OECD.

  • Environmental managerial systems

Students will learn about the purpose and reasons of introducing systems of environmental management pursuant to the EMAS scheme. They will understand the structure of this system and clarify individual systemic elements pursuant to relevant legislation. They will acquire practical experience with the realisation of the introductory environmental study and they will be able to manage these and constantly improve these in line with sustainable development of these systems.

  • Seminar to bachelor thesis I

The aim of the seminar is to methodologically guide the process of writing of the bachelor's thesis until it has the form of a complex project corresponding to the requirements of the given degree of studies. In order to write a good bachelor’s thesis, it is necessary to master the basic methodological knowledge on how to create a bachelor’s qualification paper. Students must be able to work individually, on adequate professional level, process the chosen topic, critically evaluate the given issue, work with professional literature as well as to use professional terminology, principles of quotation, paraphrasing and working with bibliographic reference.

  • Environmentally suitable products and technologies

Students will gain knowledge about the influences of products and technologies on global and local environment. They will understand the basic principles of evaluating environmental characteristics of machinery products and the conditions of labelling environmentally suitable products. They will learn about the valid legislation concerning the evaluation and labelling of products, technologies and services. They will understand the principles of methods to evaluate technologies. In the practical part of the subject, students will verify the theoretical knowledge on practical examples of evaluating given products.

  • Valuation of natural resources and real estate

The aim of the subject is to present students with basic terminology of environmental economy, to teach them to understand market and non-market prices of natural resources and real estate. To mediate the use of various methods of valuation of natural resources and real estate.

  • Waste management and recycling

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the topic of waste management in Slovakia, with the concept of waste management, manner of waste disposal, economic instruments in waste management. After passing the subject, students will gain theoretical knowledge necessary for the waste management and development of waste management programmes for business entities. Students will also learn about selected recycling technologies. They will understand their core and significance.

  • Seminar to bachelor thesis II

The seminar to the bachelor’s thesis II is aimed to support the passing of the state final exam. The aim is to review the key topics of the subjects of the bachelor’s exam. It includes the preparation for processing and evaluating acquired documents to the topic of the bachelor’s thesis as well as the preparation of defence of the bachelor's thesis.


For more information please contact us:

PhDr. Jozef Vlčej, PhD.
phone: +421 34 69 652 27
email: j.vlcej@sevs.sk

Mgr. Jana Gondeková
phone: +421 34 696 52 20
email: j.gondekova@sevs.sk