Informatie over minors
Environmental Sciences and (water) - technologyMinor
Unit of study - name Minor Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Environmental Water Technology  Semester 2
ES 1:Developing and balancing sustainable solutions; level 2 and 3 (Advanced and professional)
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)
ES 6: To function responsibly: level 3 (professional)        
Learning outcomes
LMK222:Dealing with large scale environmental risks:
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
- Analyse and evaluate the effects of human activities on organisms,
  ecosystems, biodiversity and different types of landscapes.
- Apply risk assessment methods in complex situations to map the
  different aspects of sustainability.
- Take the factors concerning human behaviour into account in
  formulating solutions and advices
- Take the international aspects of environmental issues into account.
- Research scientific articles and makes a critical assessment of the
  selected material.
- Formulate a problem description based on the outline of an
  (environmental)problem; make a problem analysis and design a
  methodological adequate research plan.
- Execute the research plan systematically, and focus on the purpose of
  the research.
- Apply  simple analytical techniques to data processing.
- Interpret the outcomes of the research.
- Present the outcomes of the research to the client in an appropriate
- Reflect on the used methods and research results.
- Defend effectively the research plan, its execution, results and
- Keep up to date with the current situation and the (global)
  developments in his field of expertise.
- Show an independent research attitude and acts responsibly.
LMK230VE: Water treatment and soil remediation
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • Describe water treatment technologies and assess them in specific situations
  • Size waste water treatment plants (WWTP)
  • Operate water treatment techniques at lab scale and combine these techniques in a logical way
  • Describe soil remediation techniques and assess them
  • Choose between different soil remediation techniques in a specific situation of pollution
  • Describe the most important microbial processes in soil remediation and waste water treatment
  • Calculate degradation rates in the soil (predict) in specific situations
  • Calculate transport rates in soils
  • Integrate sustainability and recognize this in the different treatment systems
  • Make simple calculations of heat transport
LMK231VE: Advanced Water Technology.
After successful completion of this module the student is able to:
  • to apply knowledge of different water treatment systems in the field of wastewater and drinking water treatment
  • Discern how to (re)use water from several sources for various applications
  • Perform basic design calculations for water treatment systems
  • Have an overview of possible nutrient recovery techniques
  • Operate pilot scale water treatment systems.
The fundamentals of sustainability in water treatment will be considered as a principle in this module.

LMK258VE: 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.
How to develop and balance sustainable solutions to environmental issues?
Where environmental issues then involved urban environment, air quality, climate and energy and material cycles, t In this minor the focus is on concern water and soil remediation technologies, large scale environmental risks and sustainable urban environment. GIS (Geographic Information System)    is a supporting tool.
In this minor you are also challenged to develop sustainable solutions. Taking planet, profit and people into account. 
The minor consists of four  Environmental Sciences modules and a supplementary assignment.
  1. LMK230VE: Water and Soil Remediation                               7 credits
  2. LMK 231VE: Advanced water technology/or  LMK 320VE: SURE: Sustainable urban environment                                                                     7 credits
  3. LMK222VE: Dealing with large scale environmental risks    7 credits
  4. LMK258VE : 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.
Target group Students with two years of study in an environmental sciences-oriented or related program at a BSc level, who are interested to learn more about an integrated approach to environmental sciences, water- and environmental technology issues.
Added value Students will obtain a wider view on environmental issues. They will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills using innovative methods to solve actual problems. It will benefit them and enable to become a professional in environmental sciences and in the end it will benefit the environment. And thus, our society.
Teaching method(s) and student workload LMK222VE:
Lectures, assignments, integral assignment, lab work, computer exercises
  • LMK222VE-01 Assignments, 90 study hours  study load, mark
  • LMK222VE-02 Theory, 80 study hours  study load, mark
  • LMK222VE-03 Practical 30 study hours  study load, mark
  1. Theory LMK230-01 (56 study hours ) 
  • Waste Water treatment                        20 study hours
  • Soil remediation                                   14 study hours
  • Microbiology                                        14 study hours
  • Heat transfer                                        8 study hours
  1. Assignments LMK230-02 (112 study hours )
  • Description processes in WWTP              18 study hours 
  • Calculations for dimensioning                 30 study hours 
  • Writing soil remediation proposal            64 study hours 
  1. Practical LMK230-03 (28 study hours ) 
  • Execution                                               16 study hours 
  • Presentation                                             4 study hours 
  • Sludge practical                                        8 study hours
Teaching methods:
  • Lectures
  • Practical (lab and computer)
  • Case study (group assignment)
  • Excursion WWTP
  • 40 hours (guest) lectures (guest lectures obligatory)
  • 16 hours practical (obligatory)
  • 16 hours excursion (obligatory)
  • 16 hours exercises
  • 56 hours design assignment
  • 52 hours home work
Lectures, internet courses, computer practical, tutorial, group work, self-study, excursion. Total study 196 hour (7 credits), divided in (indication):
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

Rating scale 1-10 ( pass = 5,5)
  • LMK222VE-01 Assignments
  • LMK222VE-02 Theory (written exam)
  • LMK222VE-03 Practical
  • Written exam
  • Assessment of (group) assignments
  • Assessment practical (method & presentation)
  • LMK231DE – 01  Written exam (open book) – 70%
  • LMK231DE – 02 Report design assignment – 30%
  • Exam (3EC)
  • Report (3EC)
  • AcrGIS certificate (1EC)
Mandatory literature Materials will be published on Moodle Rooms in due course
Minor coordinator (leo.bentvelzen@hvhl)
Language English
Credits 30
Period Period 3 and period 4
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, micro biology and more specifically statistics, research, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, ecology.
  • Knowledge of physical/chemical characteristics of substances
  • Knowledge of transport processes of substances in environment
  • Lab skills (passed a course: ‘work safely in the laboratory’)
Documents that need to be supplied prior to joining the program 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 bindin
Contactpersoon LWJ Bentvelzen (tel: 0582846204, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Environmental Sciences and (water) - technology 2021