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Jožef Stefan
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Postgraduate School

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Slovenia

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Ecotechnology


Programme Description

The Ecotechnology study programme is anchored in development projects for ecotechnological reconstruction and advancement in production, service activities and public services. These projects integrate the research and educational capacities of IPS with the research capacities of participating industry, services and public services. The strategy of sustainable development includes the integration of environmental, technological, economic and social goals, particularly in production and consumption. It is essential to plan, develop and disseminate the use of ecotechnologies (“eco” meaning both ecological and economic), and to implement systematic sustainable market strategies to develop more favourable consumption trends. The essential components of ecotechnological approaches are new procedures and products which include an increasing efficiency in the use of raw materials and energy, minimizing and recycling of wastes, the reduction of adverse environmental impacts of production and transport, and the systematic improvement of the endangered environment. Characteristic for the proposed programme is the emphasis on the interlinking of basic research with applied research and with the progress in industry and trade, and therefore this study programme is intended, as a rule, for candidates who have at least two years of work experience and the support of their employers.

This postgraduate study programme offers the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills for competent research, forming international relationships, and for the management of sustainability-oriented development, and the transfer and application of ecotechnologies.

Emphasis will be placed on threefold ability for:

  • widening and deepening the scientific content, methods and techniques in the selected fields of natural sciences, technologies, engineering and information sciences, which will support strategic choice, development, transfer, optimization, utilization and control of selected ecotechnologies for increasing commercial efficiency while benefiting broader social interests concerning sustainable development;
  • developing the abilities and skills for enhancing the quality of processes, products and services, and increasing the added value, striving for excellence and maximum enforcement of the principles of sustainable development;
  • developing an integral process of thinking which surpasses individual areas and develops multidisciplinary communication skills for dealing with experts from other disciplines and subject areas, comprehensive definition of problems, systematic approaches solving complex problems through teamwork, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and long-term target-oriented strategic planning.

For this purpose, the programme will also include selected managerial skills and the development of expertise in applying knowledge to resolve broader economic, environmental, socio-political, regulatory and administrative issues.

Basic Objectives of the Programme

The basic objective of this programme is to qualify the candidate for:

A)  General competences

  • ability to research, select and organize information, as well as synthesize solution and anticipate their consequences,
  • mastering of research methods, procedures and processes, development of critical and self-critical assessment,
  • ability to use knowledge in practice,
  • autonomy in professional work, as well as responsible and creative performance of activities,
  • development of communication abilities and skills, particularly for communication in international environment,
  • ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics and regulations,
  • cooperativeness, work on joint assignments and problems within a group and in international environment.

B)  Subject-specific competences

  • knowing the bases of environmental protection techniques, material and energy balance and process systems technology,
  • understanding integrated planning of energy production and distribution in the economic sector, including environmental evaluation of energy consumption and energy processes, management of internal energy systems in connection with the public energy supply system, energy and emissions trading, evaluation of operational and investment/supported improvements,
  • ability to combine various skills and knowledge in identification and analysis of environmental issues, evaluation and decision-making on the use of the environment in relation to development schemes, plans and policies,
  • ability to analyze ethical aspects of practices, institutions and valuations associated with the environment and nature,
  • recognizing the social relevance of scientific knowledge and responsibility of planners for activities interfering with nature, social and cultural environment,
  • understanding the legal aspect of environmental protection, in the European and national legislation,
  • knowing the bases of ecology and ecotoxicology for students without basic education in biology,
  • ability to discover knowledge in environmental data,
  • continuing research & development work in ecotechnology,
  • knowing the concepts of ecotechnology,
  • acquiring the bases of natural-science and technical knowledge in ecotechnology in the form of combining the existing solutions.

Credit Framework

All credits for the second-level study programme (1st and 2nd year together)  
Lecture credits78 credits
Individual research work42 credits
CREDITS ALTOGETHER120 credits

Courses

The student selects:

1st YEAR
Seminar I (ECO2)
Project 1: Individual Research/Project Work

2nd YEAR
Seminar II (ECO2)
Project 2: Individual Research/Project Work
Master Thesis

Student must select one of the following courses:
- Environmental Protection Engineering (ECO2)
- Tools for the Environmental Quality Control (ECO2)
- Basic Ecology and Ecotoxicology (ECO2)

Student can collect 6 credits from the following courses:
- Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement (3 ECTS)
- Concept of Sustainable Development (3 ECTS)
- Economics for Researchers (3 ECTS)
- Preparation of patent application (3 ECTS)
- Writing Research Projects (3 ECTS)
- Innovation Management (3 ECTS)
- Commercialization of Technology (6 ECTS)

The student selects other courses from the following list so that the total of all selected courses is 78 credits.

Society, Nature and the Environment (ECO2), 9 ECTS
Economics for Researchers, 3 ECTS
Innovation Management, 3 ECTS
Commercialization of Technology, 6 ECTS
Concept of Sustainable Development, 3 ECTS
Master Thesis, 18 ECTS
Knowledge Discovery in Environmental Data (ECO2), 6 ECTS
Tools for the Environmental Quality Control (ECO2), 12 ECTS
Basic Ecology and Ecotoxicology (ECO2), 12 ECTS
Fundamentals of Green Chemistry (ECO2), 6 ECTS
Writing Research Projects , 3 ECTS
Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement, 3 ECTS
Project 1: Individual Research/Project Work, 15 ECTS
Project 2: Individual Research/Project Work, 9 ECTS
Seminar I (ECO2), 9 ECTS
Seminar II (ECO2), 9 ECTS
Strategic Environmental Assessment (ECO2), 6 ECTS
Environmental Protection Engineering (ECO2), 12 ECTS
Energy Efficiency in Industry (ECO2), 9 ECTS