Sustainable Technologies and Development

NAME OF THE COURSE Sustainable Technologies and Development



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Jelica Zelić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Asst Prof Mario Nikola Mužek

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

The application of preventive environmental strategies in the chemical and technological (manufacturing) processes, products and activities, according to the principle: cleaner production - sustainable development, in order to increase production efficiency and reduce risks to the environment and human health.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Selected Processes of Chemical Industry

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After passing the exam, student is expected to be able to:
- assess contemporary environmental problems
- describe the concept and principles of sustainable technology and development
- apply the principle of cleaner production - sustainable development in some industrial processes
- propose an energy efficient and completed technological process
- organize the implementation of environmental management systems and quality assurance.

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1st week: Introduction. Development and the environment. Important concepts. Contemporary issues in society. The objectives of environmental protection strategy with the aim of sustainable development.
2nd week: Linking industrial activity and social sciences and environmental sciences. Assessing the impact of chemical-technological processes on the environment. Origin and distribution of pollutants in air, soil and water, global warming and the greenhouse effect.
3rd week: The basics of sustainable development. The concept and evolution of sustainable development. Principles and models of sustainable development. Indicators of sustainable development, their management and implementation.
4th week: Preventive approach to cleaner production (non-waste production processes). Integrated Strategies for sustainable technologies and the development of the manufacturing process, products and support activities in order to increase production efficiency and environmental protection.
5th week: Analysis of resource flow in industrial ecosystems. Rational use of raw materials, water and energy and reduction of waste at source during the production. Examination (I colloquium).
6th week: ”Cost-benefit” analysis in environmental protection as an indicator of proper environmental management strategy. Viewing and control of overall mass balance in industrial processes in environmental protection.
7th week: Environment and protection. From the rehabilitation and prevention of pollution to the environment management system. The implementation of environmental management systems and quality assurance. The role of ISO standards in environmental management strategy. Models for Environmental Management (ISO 14000 system). Models for Quality Assurance (ISO 9000).
8th week: Overview of all activities in the chemical production facility as the basis for a program of environmental management and quality assurance. Operational control and corrective measures.
9th week: A systematic monitoring of emissions to air, water and soil in industrial chemical processes. Sources of emissions of emissions, equipment and devices for different waste treatment processes. Selected examples.
10th week: Energy efficiency of the technology processes. Alternative energy (municipal waste, car tires, used oil and other waste materials).
11th week: Cement production - example of sustainable technology and development. Increased production efficiency and product quality.
12th week: European Union Directives (IPPC, WID, BATNEEC, BREF) for the prevention and control of pollution in the cement industry.
13th week: Methods of forecasting crisis situations and their prevention in production processes as the basis for the development of cleaner technologies.
14th week: The role of sustainable technologies in the development of new chemical-technological processes for the protection of heritage and ensure sustainable - sustainable, rather than survive development.
15th week: Examples of the application of the ”cleaner” production concept on certain industrial processes. Best available technology (BAT) - principles, the implementation of sustainable and similar processes for the environment.
Examination (II. Colloquium).

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities


Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

A student can pass the entire exam through tests (two tests) during the semester. Passing threshold is 55%. Students who did not pass the exam through tests pass the exam at regular examination dates and the exam consists of written and oral part. Limit of passing the written exam is 55%.
The principle of assessment: 55% -64% - sufficient, 65% -78% - good, 79% -90% -very good, 91% -100% - excellent.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

T.E. Graedel, B.R.Allenby, Industrial ecology, Second ed., Pearson education Inc. Upper saddle River, 2003.


M. L. Davis, D.A. Cornwell, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, McGraw Hill, New York, 1998.


Z. Osmanović, J. Zelić, Proizvodnja portland-cementa, Univerzitet u Tuzli, Tuzla, 2010.


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

IPPC - EU Direktiva za prevenciju i kontrolu onečišćenja zraka, vode i tla
WID - EU Direktiva za spaljivanje otpada
BATNEEC - EU Direktiva za nadzor i smanjenje emisije u industriji cementa
BREF - EU Direktiva za poboljšanje ukupne ekološke zaštite u sektorima aktivnosti BAT - EU Direktiva za najbolje raspoloživu tehniku za proizvodnju cementa

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Quality assurance will be performed at three levels:
(1) University Level;
(2) Faculty Level by Quality Control Committee;
(3) Lecturer’s Level.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)