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Modul 1: Ecosystem and Resource Management

1.1 Ecosystem Theory
Course Objectives 
Understand the systemic interaction of ecosystems
Understand thermodynamic principles and their effect on ecosystems and man made systems
Describe material flow and energy flow in ecosystems
Show the interaction between natural system and man made systems
Analyse the global environmental issues

1.2 International Case Studies on Sustainable Ecosystem Management
Course Objectives
Two key elements in optimal ecosystem management are economic efficiency and sustainability. Economic efficient management can be interpreted as management that maximises the present value of the net present and future benefits derived from ecosystem services. Sustainable management could be interpreted as management that maintains the capacity of ecosystems to provide future generations with the amount and type of ecosystem services at a level at least equal to the current capacity.
Based on the theoretical knowledge gained in the previous course (Ecosystem Theory) the student learns to analyse best practice models and case studies integrating efficiency and the sustainability aspects of ecosystem management.

Modul 2: International Policy for Sustainability

2.1 Business and Policy Game: Conference of Continents
Course Objectives
Understand the process and the complexity of international policy making
Provide a basic understanding of certain relevant international binding treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol
Provide a stage for debating exercise

2.2 International Policies for Sustainability: Circular Economy, 3 R Society & MFM Society
Course Objectives
Due to the increasing demand for resources and the high load on the sink capacity the costs for the human society are increasing. Especially in fast developing countries like China and India or in high developed environmentally conscious states like Japan and Germany these developments lead to a strong demand for new macroeconomic conceptions and strategies for a sustainable society. The terms and names given for these conceptions as well as the concrete motivations behind are different within each country.
The course shows the situation in these countries and explains the strategies that are discussed. The students will understand the targets of a Circular Economy (CE) as well the differences compared to recycling economies. Case studies from different countries will help practice the basic understanding of CE.

Modul 3: Industrial Material Flow Management

3.1 Industrial MFM - Part 1: History, Concepts and Industrial MFM Tools
Course Objectives
Understand the characteristics of Material Flow Management (MFM) and how MFM has emerged
Demonstrate the evidence and the business case for eco-efficiency in industrial companies
Introduce Best-Practise in Industrial MFM
Overview of the most important tools for Industrial MFM

3.2 Industrial MFM - Part 2: International Case Studies on Clean Technologies and Product-Integrated Environmental Protection
Course Objectives
Understand the characteristics of 
Demonstrate the evidence and the business case for  in industrial companies
Introduce Best-Practise in Industrial MFM of the most important tools for Industrial MFM

Modul 4: Regional Material Flow Management

4.1 Regional MFM - Part 1: History, Concepts and Regional MFM Tools
Course Objectives
Analyse regions from cultural, economical, historical, political and administrative backgrounds
Understand the different forms of value in regions: Social, economical, ecological
Understand how regions communicate internally and externally
Understand how regions are governed
Know key technologies for regional material flow management
Learn to use microeconomic tools to evaluate regions

4.2 Regional MFM - Part 2: International Case Studies on Regional MFM Projects
Course Objectives
Understand how to introduce regional material flow management to villages, cities, counties and states
Learn to use MFM tools to develop and implement MFM master plans for regions
Analyse successful regional MFM projects and search for weakness and potentials for improvement

Modul 5: Industrial Ecology and Eco-Industrial Parks

5.1 Industrial Ecology - Part 1: History, Concepts and Industrial Ecology Tools
Course Objectives
The course aims to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the modern field of Industrial Ecology, in a way such that the student becomes conscious of the complex relations in such matters, and understands how methods, analytical tools and principles within the field may be applied in practice.

5.2 Industrial Ecology - Part 2: International Case Studies on Eco-Industrial Parks
Course Objectives
Provide the students practical insights in already existing IE approaches especially by analyzing various existing Eco-Industrial Parks (EIP) and apply their theoretical knowledge.
The students have to analyze or design an own EIP in their native countries.

Modul 6: MFM Project Management and Financing

6.1 MFM Business Planning and Financing
Course Objectives
This course enables the students to conduct a financial feasibility study for a business plan.

6.2 MFM Project Development and Management
Course Objectives
This course aims to provide an understanding of project management techniques applied to research (and applied research) projects in the field of Material Flow Management and apply this knowledge to develop a practical research project in the field of Material Flow Management.
The course objectives in detail are: 
Explicate the fundamental factors in project success and failure
Develop an understanding of project baseline plans, their implementation and management
Survey the variety of approaches in project time and cost management, including current techniques, technologies and practices
Define the student research projects

Modul 7: MFM Modelling and Software Application

Course Objectives
Provide knowledge about important software tools for modeling and analysing material flow systems
Applied handling of the state-of-the-art software-tools for MFM
Development of a case study so that students will be able to use the introduced software tools within their own research projects

Modul 8: Economic Aspects of Clean Technologies (Waste and Water)

8.1 Economic Aspects of Sustainable (Waste) Water Management Technologies and Strategies
Course Objectives
This course examines the impacts of human activities on regional water systems. After an overview of the hydrologic cycle and sustainability principles and concepts, the course examines water supply for multiple uses, water treatment and distribution, and the impacts of pollution on ambient water quality.
Throughout the course, particular attention is paid to the sustainability of (waste) water management practices and the economic valuation of present water management in comparison with new approaches.

8.2 Economic Aspects of Sustainable Waste Management Technologies and Strategies
Course Objectives
Due to the diminishing sources of fossil fuel and the negative impact on the global atmosphere from the fossil sources renewable energy (RE) sources are becoming increasingly popular. The course explains all forms of renewable energies from biomass to solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, water to geothermal energy. The problems of using RE with regard to the impact on the environment, the availability and energy supply security as well the costs are explained. In the end students will have a realistic picture of the possibilities and shortcomings of all RE with regard to microeconomics, social and ecological aspects.

Modul 9: Economic Aspects of Clean Technologies (Energy and Biomass)

9.1 Economic Aspects of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies
Course Objectives
Waste basically is a resource and should be treated as such.
The course aims at explaining why waste basically is a management problem. Using waste as a resource can create added regional value. Technologies, management, and financing tools for turning waste into resources and added value are explained. Students will be able to change existing waste management systems into resource providing systems and perform an economical evaluation.

9.2 Economic Aspects of Biomass and Biofuel Technologies and Strategies
Course Objectives
Understand the market potential and opportunity of Biomass and Biofuel  Technologies and Strategies
Understand the basic technological concepts
Understand the economic drivers
Learn about the push and pull factors

Modul 10: Intercultural Communication, Management and Networking

10.1 Intercultural Management, Communication and System Change Management
Course Objectives
Understand the principles of Intercultural Management and Communication
Understand the principles of Intercultural Management and Communication 
Understand the principles of System Thinking and System Change Management
Overview international and intercultural decision making and consumer behavior 
Learn how to plan, facilitate, and integrate the change efforts in international projects

10.2 MFM Networking and Stakeholder Management
Course Objectives
To convince regional stakeholders to transform material flow management (or system change) projects form the idea into reality, networking approaches can help to communicate the win-win-potentials of system change approaches. This course facilitates a basic understanding of how regional networks or business clusters can be initiated and managed.

10.3 German / Foreign Language
Course Objectives
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of German/foreign language and focuses on the development of communicative competences in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. By the end of the course students will be able to engage in simple conversations about familiar things and know greetings and everyday expressions, to count and tell time as well as negate sentences in day-to-day contexts. In addition, students will have developed reading strategies that allow to glean information from simple newspaper and magazine articles and short literary texts.

Module 11-14: Seminars/Specifications