Informatie over minors
Environmental Sciences: Climate and energyMinor
Module code  
Unit of study - name Environmental Sciences: Climate and energy (Semester 1)
ES 1:Developing and balancing sustainable solutions; level 2: advanced
ES 2 :To work interdisciplinary and internationally; level 2: Advanced
ES 3: To think, act and perform research in a methodical and reflective level 2 and 3 (Advanced and professional)     
ES 4: Project work; level 3: Professional 
ES 5: Advising professionally; level 2 and 3: (advanced and professional) 
Learning outcomes
LMK320: Sustainable Urban Environment (SURE)
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • to integrate  the concept of the UNSDG11 and the principles of urban planning into a product or an advice that can be used by the client in one of the aspects of sustainable urban development
  • to develop, monitor, control and participate in an interdisciplinary project. He is able to use technical, legal and financial resources efficiently and to organize the collaboration processes effectively.
  • to compare and use different tools effectively for the planning and qualitative research processes for developing the professional product

LMK321: Air Quality and Climate:
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • Describe the relations between the different elements of systems and processes in the environment, to map the effects of human activities on organisms, ecosystems, biodiversity and different types of landscapes.
  • Apply norms to identify and analyse the risks and effects of substances on humans and ecosystems.
  • Make a sound comparative assessment of different solutions for (simple) environmental problems based on sustainability.
  • Use English study materials.
  • Apply  simple analytical techniques to data processing.
  • Interpret the outcomes of the research. Reflect on the used methods and research results.

LMK224VE:  Energy and material cycles:
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • Apply the taught methods to design socially responsible solutions for environmental problems.
  • Make a sound comparative assessment of different solutions for (simple) environmental problems based on sustainability.
  • Execute the research plan systematically, and focus on the purpose of the research.
  • Present the outcomes of the research to the client in an appropriate way.
  • Render an advice on a complex environmental problem for an external client while taking ethical dilemmas into account.

LDM 258: Basic GIS
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • design and implement a suitability analysis;
  • have basic understanding about raster data;
  • recognize and make use of different  policy instruments;
  • use GIS as an instrument in spatial planning;
  • carry out spatial analysis based on a layered approach using a GIS and supporting theory;
  • report the GIS operations effectively, in writing to professionals;
  • critically review his own findings with respect to the procedures.
At the core of ES is the focus on developing and balancing sustainable solutions. While taking the three P’S: planet, people and profit into account. This minor prepares students to deal with different aspects of environmental sciences: Urban environment, air quality and climate, energy and materials cycles and GIS as a supporting tool.

The minor consists of four ES major modules and a supplementary assignment.
  1. LMK 320VE: SURE: Sustainable urban environment      7 credits
  2. LMK321VE: Air Quality and Climate                               7 credits
  3. LMK224VE:  Energy and material cycles                          7 credits
  4. LDM 258VE : Basic GIS                                                        7 credits
  5. LMK410VNEX: Supplementary Assignment                      2 credits
N.B.: 1 credit = 28 study hours
More extensive Module descriptions can be obtained from the minor coordinator.
Teaching method(s) and student workload LMK320VE
  • Lectures, workshops
  • Guest lectures
  • Group project and individual assignments
  • (International) excursion(s)
  • Self-study
  • Presentations professional products

  • Air quality: 90 study hours
  • Climate change: 44 study hours
  • Measures (emission control): 30 study hours
  • Legislation and policy: 32 study hours
The teaching methods vary by subject. In the module the following methods are being used: Lectures, laboratory and computer practical’s, excursion or guest lecture, self-study.

  • Lectures
  • Practical assignments
  • Project
  • Excursion 

Lectures, internet courses, computer practical, tutorial, group work, self-study, excursion:
Report spatial analysis of case, including practical, tutoring, and self-study
86 hours
Exam on GIS, including specific thematic topics (e.g. Hydrology), including lectures and self-study
86 hours
ArcGIS certificate, including practical and self-study
28 hours

LMK410VNEX: Supplementary assignment,
content depends on students’ background                56 hours

Please note that this minor includes an excursion abroad, for which the total extra costs to be paid by the student will be approx. 300 euro
Rating scale 1-10 ( pass = 5,5)
  • Continuous assessment/Professional product (7EC)

LMK321VE: (7EC)
  • Air Quality (computer)+ Legislation/policy (written, individual)
  • Climate Change + Emission control (written, individual)
  • Practical’s (reports, partly by group and partly individual)

  • Exam (open questions; 90 min; individual;3EC)
  • Test Economics (computer test; 90 min; individual;1EC)
  • Project (group assessment; 3EC)

  • Exam (3EC)
  • Report (3EC)
  • AcrGIS certificate (1EC)

  • Report (2EC)
Mandatory literature Materials will be published on Moodle Rooms in due course
Minor coordinator
Language English
Credits 30 EC
Period Period 1 and period 2
Entry requirements/
Two years of study in an environmental sciences-oriented or related program at a BSc level. A solid base in mathematics, physics, chemistry and more specifically a good understanding and mastering of the following topics: Composition of the atmosphere, chemical bonding (especially covalent bonding), chemical calculations, absorption of radiation, Behaviour of gases and vapours.
Motivation letter in which the student motivates his choice.Depending on your study background and motivation letter, you may be asked for additional information, e.g. in an intake interview with representatives of this minor. Their advice is binding.
Contactpersoon LWJ Bentvelzen (tel: 0582846204, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Environmental Sciences: Climate and energy 2021