ENV4401 Environmental Impact and Risk AssessmentBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs CIVIL ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ENV4401 Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Fall
3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi HÜSEYİN ÖZDEMİR
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to discuss the process and techniques for assessing and managing the impacts on and risks to humans and the ecosystem associated with engineered facilities, processes and products. Both biophysical and social impacts are addressed.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Describe the theory and methodology of exposure and risk assessment
2. Define the relationship and association of exposure assessment with health risk assessment
3. Define the implications of exposure type
4. Apply mathematical and statistical models to quantify exposures and risks
5. Perform the sampling and analytical methods for measuring exposure to air, water, soil contaminants
6. Explain risk management and communication
7. Perform toxicity assessment
8. Analyse uncertainty
9. Select exposure measurement methods

Course Content

Introduction to the methods of environmental impact and environmental risk assessment. Analysis of environmental impact using technical and non-technical parameters, environmental impact assessment legislation, impact prediction, strategic impact assessment.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Environmental assessment processes
2) Environmental legislation
3) Techniques for assessing impacts
4) Engineering risk analysis
5) Health risk assessment
6) Risk management and communication
7) Social impact assessment / Midterm exam
8) Environmetal management systems
9) Process of considering alternative methods for preventing and controlling impacts
10) Toxicity assessment
11) Uncertainty analysis
12) Exposure measurement methods / Midterm exam
13) Exposure assessment strategies
14) Examples of exposure and risk assessments


Course Notes / Textbooks: 1) Handouts and reading material will be given weekly.
References: 1) Dennis J. Paustenbach. 2002. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Theory and Practice (1st edition). Wiley-Interscience. ISBN-10: 0471147478.
2) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov
3) http://www.epa.gov

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 0
Quizzes 6 % 25
Midterms 2 % 35
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 15 4 60
Quizzes 6 1 6
Midterms 2 2 4
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 114

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and civil engineering; the ability to use theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas in complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design a complex system, process, structural and/or structural members to meet specific requirements under realistic constraints and conditions; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to develop, select and use modern techniques and tools necessary for the analysis and solution of complex problems encountered in civil engineering applications; ability to use civil engineering technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design, conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for the study of complex engineering problems or civil engineering research topics.
6) Ability to work effectively within and multi-disciplinary teams; individual study skills.
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing.
8) Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; ability to access information to follow developments in civil engineering technology.
9) To act in accordance with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility; having awareness of the importance of employee workplace health and safety.
10) Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of civil engineering solutions.