GE2021 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Syllabus for CSE,IT 3RD SEM , ECE ,MECH 5th Semester - Anna University

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The aim of this course is to create awareness in every engineering graduate about the importance of environment, the effect of technology on the environment and ecological balance and make them sensitive to the environment problems in every professional endeavour that they participates

At the end of this course the student is expected to understand what constitutes the environment, what are precious resources in the environment, how to conserve these resources, what is the role of a human being in maintaining a clean environment and useful environment for the future generations and how to maintain ecological balance and preserve bio-diversity. The role of government and non-government organization in environment managements.

UNIT I            ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY                          14
Definition, scope and importance of environment need for public awareness - concept of an ecosystem structure and function of an ecosystem producers, consumers and decomposers energy flow in the ecosystem ecological succession food chains, food  webs  and  ecological  pyramids   Introduction,  types,  characteristic  features, structure and function of the (a) forest ecosystem (b) grassland ecosystem (c) desert ecosystem (d) aquatic ecosystems (ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, oceans, estuaries) Introduction to biodiversity definition: genetic, species and ecosystem diversity biogeographical  classification  of  India   value  of  biodiversity:  consumptive  use, productive use, social, ethical, aesthetic and option values Biodiversity at global, national and local levels India as a mega-diversity nation hot-spots of biodiversity – threats to biodiversity: habitat loss, poaching of wildlife, man-wildlife conflicts endangered and endemic species of India conservation of biodiversity: In-situ and ex- situ conservation of biodiversity.
Field study of common plants, insects, birds
Field study of simple ecosystems pond, river, hill slopes, etc.

UNIT II           ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION                                                                8
Definition causes, effects and control measures of: (a) Air pollution (b) Water pollution (c) Soil pollution (d) Marine pollution (e) Noise pollution (f) Thermal pollution (g) Nuclear hazards soil waste management: causes, effects and control measures of municipal solid wastes role of an individual in prevention of pollution pollution case studies disaster management: floods, earthquake, cyclone and landslides.
Field study of local polluted site Urban / Rural / Industrial / Agricultural.

UNIT III          NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                         10
Forest resources: Use and over-exploitation, deforestation, case studies- timber extraction,  mining,  dams  and  their  effects  on  forests  and  tribal  people   Water resources:  Use  and  over-utilization  of  surface  and  ground  waterfloods,  drought, conflicts over water, dams-benefits and problems Mineral resources: Use and exploitation, environmental effects of extracting and using mineral resources, case studies Food resources: World food problems, changes caused by agriculture and overgrazing, effects of modern agriculture, fertilizer-pesticide problems, water logging, salinity, case studies Energy resources: Growing energy needs, renewable and non renewable energy sources, use of alternate energy sources. case studies Land resources: Land as a resource, land degradation, man induced landslides, soil erosion and desertification role of an individual in conservation of natural resources Equitable use of resources for sustainable lifestyles.
Field study of local area to document environmental assets river / forest / grassland /
hill / mountain.

UNIT IV        SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                             7
From unsustainable to sustainable development – urban problems related to energy water conservation, rain water harvesting, watershed management resettlement and rehabilitation of people; its problems and concerns, case studies role of non- governmental  organization-  environmental  ethics:  Issues  and  possible  solutions  – climate change, global warming, acid rain, ozone layer depletion, nuclear accidents and holocaust, case studies. wasteland reclamation consumerism and waste products environment production act Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) act Water (Prevention and control of Pollution) act Wildlife protection act Forest conservation act enforcement machinery involved in environmental legislation- central and state pollution control boards- Public awareness.

UNIT V         HUMAN POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                   6
Population growth, variation among nations population explosion family welfare programme environment and human health – human rights – value education HIV / AIDS women and child welfare role of information technology in environment and human health Case studies.



1.  Gilbert M.Masters, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science,     2nd
Edition, Pearson Education ,2004.
2.  Benny Joseph, Environmental Science and Engineering, Tata McGraw-Hill, New
Delhi, 2006.

1.  R.K. Trivedi, “Handbook of Environmental Laws, Rules, Guidelines,  Compliances and Standards, Vol. I and II, Enviro Media.
2.  Cunningham, W.P. Cooper, T.H. Gorhani, Environmental Encyclopedia, Jaico
Publ., House, Mumbai, 2001.
3.  Dharmendra S. Sengar, Environmental law”, Prentice hall of India PVT LTD, New
Delhi, 2007.
4.  Rajagopalan, R, Environmental Studies-From Crisis to Cure, Oxford University
Press (2005)

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