Course Objective: This course provides knowledge on various environmental resources and issues facing the world. It deals with natural resources, eco system, biodiversity and environmental pollution.
UNIT I INTRODUCTION
The multidisciplinary nature of Environment of studies – Definition – Scope and Importance – Need for Public Awareness.
UNIT II NATURAL RESOURCES
Natural resources and associated problem – Renewable and Non- Renewable resources: -Forest Resources-Mineral Resources-Food Resources, Energy Resources. Land Resources: Role of an individual in conservation of natural resources- Equitable use of resources of sustainable lifestyles.
UNIT III ECO SYSTEM
Concepts of an Ecosystem – Structure and Functions of an Ecosystem – Procedures, Consumers and Decomposers – Energy flow in the ecosystem – Food chains, Food webs and ecological pyramids – Introduction, types, Characteristics features – Structures and functions of the following ecosystem: Forest ecosystem, Grass land ecosystem, Desert ecosystem, Aquatic ecosystem.
UNIT IV Biodiversity and Its Conservation 06 Introduction – Definition, genetic, species and ecosystem diversity – Bio-geographical classification of India – Value of Bio-diversity – Bio-diversity at global, National and Local levels – India s a mega-diversity nation – Hot-Spots of diversity – Threats to diversity: Habitats loss, poaching of Wild life, man wild life conflicts – Endangered and Endemic species of India In-Situ conversation of Bio-diversity.
UNIT V Environmental Pollution and Human Rights
Definition – Causes, effects and control measures of : Air pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Marine pollution, Noise pollution, Thermal pollution, Nuclear pollution – Soil pollution management: Causes, effects and control measures of urban and industrial wastes – Role of an individual in prevention of pollution – Pollution – Case studies -Disaster Management – Flood, earthquakes, cyclone of landslides Environment and human health – Human rights – Value education – HIV/AIDS – Women and child welfare – Role of information technology in Environment and Human health – Case study
Total: 30 Hrs