Disposal of solid an Luqid Wastes in the Geoloigcal Environment

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  7ο
Course Title
 Disposal of solid an Luqid Wastes in the Geoloigcal Environment
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, seminars, laboratory work and field trip
Weekly Teaching Hours
 2 (L), 1 (LAB), 1 (SEM)
Credits  5
Course Type
 Field of Science  and Skills Development
Prerequisite Courses
 Typically, there are not prerequisite course
Language of Instruction & Examinations
 Greek. Teaching may be however performed in English in case foreign students attend the course.
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)  https://eclass.upatras.gr/courses/GEO361/
Learning Outcomes

The lecture is a basic introductory lecture on the disposal of solid and liquid wastes in the geological environment.

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of pollution and contamination
  • Understand the impact of pollutants on the environment in general and on the quality of groundwater in particular.
  • Understand the different ways of disposal of urban, industrial and agricultural wastes.
  • Assess which of the waste disposal ways have the least impact on the environment.
  • To prepare a geological and hydrogeological study of suitability for the construction of landfill (landfill site).
General Competences

By the end of this course the student will, furthermore, have developed the following skills (general abilities):

  1. Ability to exhibit knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, theories and applications which are related to disposal of solid and liquid wastes.
  2. Ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to the solution of problems related to groundwater pollution coming from the disposal of wastes.
  3. Searching, analysis and synthesis of facts and information, as well as using the necessary technologies
  4. Adaptation to new situations
  5. Decision making
  6. Autonomous (Independent) work
  7. Group work
  8. Exercise of criticism and self-criticism
  9. Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking
  10. Respect to natural environment
  11. Work design and management
  • The concepts of pollution and contamination
  • Pollutants and their physicochemical properties
  • Sources of pollution of groundwater and surface water
  • Waste categories - Legislation for the management of wastes
  • Urban pollution
  • Solid wastes, hazardous, non-hazardous, hospital wastes
  • Alternative ways of managing solid waste. Recycling, Burning, Bio-stabilization
  • Sanitary Landfill Sites
  • Geological-Hydrogeological Study of suitability for finding a region for the construction of landfills
  • Sewage - Biological Treatment - Artificial Wetlands
  • Agricultural Pollution
  • Industrial Pollution
  • Disposal of Radioactive Wastes
  • Microbial pollution
Delivery  Lectures, laboratory work and seminar face to face. 
Use of Information & Communication Technology
 Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (e.g. powerpoint) in teaching. The lectures content of the course for each chapter are uploaded on the internet, e-class platform, in the form of a series of ppt files, where from the students can freely download them. 
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
 Lectures (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  2Χ13=26
 Laboratory work (1 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  1Χ13=13
 Seminars (1 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  1Χ13=13
Field trip (10 hours per one  day) 10
Homework in teams 23
Hours for private study of the student and preparation of the final project in teams  50
 Total number of hours for the Course 135 
 Student Performance Evaluation
  1. Written examination during the examination period and
  2. 2. Examination of the presentation and the report of the final team project.
Attached Bibliography

Suggested bibliography:

  1. Zagana, E., 2015. Disposal of solid wastes and sewage in the geological environment, University of Patras

Related academic journals:

  1. Environmental Earth Sciences, Springer Publishers
  2. Water Resources Management, Springer Publishers
  3. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,  Springer Publishers