Applied Sciences Department
The Ministry of Manpower approved the offering of Environmental Science Program as a new specialization in the Department of Applied Sciences of Higher College of Technology in 2003.
The curriculum shows a balance treatment of all branches of Environmental Sciences with the inclusion of recent advances and current topics. It provides an in-depth understanding of the basic principles governing Environmental Sciences. The curriculum extends the students knowledge and understanding of the critical assessment of current views and theories to the study of selected areas of Environmental Sciences. It also improves the performance of the students in basic laboratory and fieldwork techniques. The curriculum provides the graduates with a strong sense of concern for the environment.>
The application of concepts and principles that are learned by the students in their theory classes and the acquisition of skills are supported and made possible, respectively, by hands-on activities or experiments (practicals) that are conducted in the teaching and project laboratories of Environmental Sciences Section (ESS). Since the section is still in its early stage, one teaching laboratory, one project laboratory, one preparation room, a dark room and a store room are allotted to the section. These function rooms are equipped with state of the art equipment that were acquired through funding by LNG. Equipment such as Gas Chromatographer - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS), Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), High Performance Liquid Chromatographer (HPLC), UV/Visible Spectrophotometer are stationed in the Project Laboratory for students to use in their projects and practical-based specialization courses such as Environmental Toxicology, Hazardous Waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Waste Water Management, Environmental Monitoring and Data Analysis, Pollution Sources and Control II. The availability of the said equipment in the Project Laboratory allows the students to explore / experience and learn other possibilities in terms of scientific methodologies, skills and data generation that are at par with state of the art laboratories available locally or globally.
The Teaching Laboratory is equipped with basic equipment and instruments that are needed in the basic practical courses of the ESS program such as Fundamentals and Principles of Environmental Sciences, Pollution Sources and Control I, Field Study and Laboratory Techniques in Environmental Sciences, Freshwater and Marine Ecology and the courses of other sections of the Department of Applied Sciences being served by the ES Section. The Dark Room which houses the epifluorescent microscope and binocular microscopes will be very useful in Biodiversity and Nature Conservation course of the ES section.
Although the program guarantees the conduct of field studies and sample collections in addition to industrial visits, it cannot discount the importance and vital role of laboratories in the teaching and learning process.
A pool of dedicated and competent human resources coupled with laboratories that are equipped with top of the line laboratory resources that are maximally used, warrants quality technological and scientific education of students who are properly exposed and have experienced in presentation and publication of scientific papers and who are ready to embrace, withstand and hurdle the challenges in their workplace and endeavors that they may undertake in the future. In addition, staff may also be encouraged, motivated and inspired to pursue their research interests and inclination.
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