Sustainability Courses

The Tafila Technical University is committed to promoting sustainable development and addressing the pressing global challenges of our time. In line with this mission, the university offers a comprehensive range of degrees and courses focused on sustainable development aspects. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to address environmental, climate change, social, and economic issues, ensuring a more sustainable future for generations to come.

No.Course TitleDescription
1Environmental and Public SafetyThe concept of the environment, its laws and relation to other sciences, primary and secondary components, cycle of elements in the natural environment, environmental problems, pollution of the environment, the problem of the depletion of environmental resources, principles of public health and diseases: the concept of public health, pathogens, viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, insects. Nutrition and public health: types of food, malnutrition diseases, undesirable eating habits.
2wind energy systemIntroduction to power production from wind resources. Historical uses of wind resources. The Earth’s wind systems. Physics of wind power. Vertical and horizontal axis turbines. Aerodynamics of wind turbines. Large-scale turbine farms and sitting. Commercial development, economics and environmental impacts.
3Photovoltaic SystemThis course of photovoltaic energy systems will focus on fundamentals of solar energy conversion, photovoltaic, basic manufacturing processes for the production of solar panels, environmental impacts, and the related system engineering aspects will be included to provide a comprehensive state of the art approach to solar utilization. Stand- alone PV system components. Designing stand- alone PV system and sizing. Analysis of efficiency of solar cells. PV power system. Grid connected PV.
4Integration Renewable Energy SystemsOverview of power system structure and operation, and challenges introduced by high penetrations of intermittent renewable energy sources. Various energy storage systems and their characteristics including electric vehicles. Solar resources, modelling, design, and evaluation of standalone, grid-connected, and large-scale PV systems. *Wind power fundamentals, turbine speed control and the integration and modelling of induction generators to the power grid. Wind generator types and overview of power converter topologies, control systems.
5Transportation EngineeringIntroduction to transport and transportation engineering; types of passengers and freight transportation; transportation systems and elements) highway, railway, airport); design criteria for transportation systems; traffic flow theory and queuing theory; introduction to capacity analysis and quality of service; logistic in transportation; transportation environmental impact; introduction to transportation planning.
6Environmental and Sanitary EngineeringDefinitions of the environmental engineering concepts; Pollution sources and types; Pollution prevention; Air pollution, sources and causes; Principles of water chemistry and Microbiology; Design of water distribution systems; Drinking water treatment; Wastewater characteristics and treatment. Contemporary issues.
7Renewable Energy SystemsConventional and renewable energy sources; Possible approaches for conversion of sunlight into electricity; Statistics on world installations of renewable energy systems and costs; Environmental considerations; Wind turbines (WTs) and Wind characteristics: Types of WTs, Power in the wind, Impact of tower height, Maximum rotor efficiency, Average power in the wind; WT generators: Review of induction generators, Fixed- and Variable-speed WTs, Types of Control systems, Typical wind generation configurations, Estimates of produced electrical energy, WT power curve, WT economics, Environmental impacts of WTs; Solar radiation: Properties of light, Solar Radiation in Space and the Earth’s Surface, Solar angles, solar radiation measurements, calculation of average monthly insolation on a tilted surface, Peak Sun Hours; Physics and electrical characteristics of solar PV Cells: Basic semiconductor physics, Equivalent circuit for a solar cell, The I–V curve under STC, Bypass diodes and blocking diodes, Types of PV cells; Grid-connected PV systems: Principal components, Configurations of inverters and PV arrays, Interfacing with the Utility, DC and AC rated power, STC efficiency of PV module or array, Estimating PV energy production, PV System sizing (Design), PV System economics; Computer applications to all studied topics using Matlab.
8Smart GridsTraditional and new concepts of power systems; Possible benefits and drawbacks of Distributed Generation; DG definitions; Types of DG; Interface with the grid; Point of common coupling (PCC); Hosting capacity of DG; Impact of DG on power flow: Steady state voltage rise, Voltage profile for multi-bus radial feeder, Methods for steady state voltage regulation, Estimation of hosting capacity, Evaluation criteria, Power losses; DG impact on hosting grid under fault conditions: DG impact on balanced fault levels, DG impact on unbalanced fault levels, Behaviour of DGs under fault conditions; Power Quality in presence of DG: Long duration voltage variation, Short duration voltage variation, Harmonics, Harmonic producers, Individual and total harmonic Distortion, Effect of harmonics on power system components; DG and Smart Grids: Definitions, Structure, Advantages, Smart grids worldwide, Microgrids, Smart grids and information technology; Computer applications to all studied topics using Matlab. Prerequisite: 0875318 Renewable Energy Systems.
9Traffic SafetyThis course will cover the following topics in detail; accident definition and types, accident cost, factors affecting road accidents, roadway safety appraisal techniques, road safety measures, accident data collection, roadway design standards, traffic education, and law enforcement, before and after studies.
10Environment and societyThe course focuses on the intersection of the social and natural worlds, the defining environmental problems of our time and the search for effective social solutions. Examine environmental challenges as social issues, examining the institutions, power relationships, and attitudes that influence wilderness preservation, resource use and production, equity, health and well-being and future sustainability. To fully examine these issues, we critique popular ideas about population, economic growth, green technology solutions.
11Principles of Environmental ScienceEarth structure and spheres, natural ecosystems, structure of ecosystems, energy flow in ecosystem, biogeochemical cycles, population dynamics, human population, natural resources: water, energy and mineral resources, water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution.
12Environmental Management SystemsThe importance of the environment management systems for the industries, ISO as a reference point in the global economic competition, requirements that are necessary to succeed in the global market including environmental auditing, environmental systems, environmental systems measure and preparing environmental reports.
13Industrial Wastewater ManagementChemical and physical properties of industrial water, impact of industrial wastewater on water bodies and the environment, minimizing industrial wastewater effluent volume through modification, reduction and recycling processes, pre-treatment standards, reuse of industrial water, application of quality control regarding selected industries and, finally, industrial wastewater technology processes
14Energy Resources & EnvironmentRenewable and non-renewable resources, past, present, and future energy consumption patterns, fossil energy, oil, natural gas, and coal resources, biogas, nuclear energy, biomass energy, the environmental impact of fossil energy conversion including air pollution, acid rain, and global climate change.
15Climate Change and Global WarmingClimate history of the Earth, climate processes, scales of heat and mass transfers in the atmosphere, the role of oceans, scales of climate change, historical and future climate change, global warming, causes of climate change, modeling the climate, predicting climate change, the rate of climate change, human effects on climate, health impacts of climate change, ecosystem impacts of climate change, options for response, linkages with resource management and sustainable development, ongoing policy debates at the international scale including responses to the Kyoto Protocol and others.