Education for SDGs in specific courses on sustainability

CUD has a large number of courses for the different programs, most of the courses are linked to the SDGs, this is due to the university's process of collaborating with the UAE in the process of sustainable development. In addition to this, the university has a process of aid in research, project participation and several additional aids for students to also be part of the process of improving the university and to have more sustainable courses.

  • Course Descriptions

Below is a small list of some of the courses related to the SDGs at the university.

ACT 315 Digital Forensic

This course addresses forensics in computerized systems that use Windows as the operating system. This course focuses on operating system analysis, file system analysis, web and email analysis, and handling forensic evidence at court. Prerequisite: ACT-212 & SWS-351

ACT 325 Forensic Accounting

This course introduces the basics of forensic accounting, its key areas, and the required set of skills to succeed as a forensic accountant. The course also gives students, through some real-life cases, a glimpse into the actual practice of forensic accounting. Topics covered include legal environment of forensic accounting, staging the engagement, gathering evidence, financial statement fraud, fraud investigation, money laundering, business valuation, and digital forensics. Prerequisite: ACT-212

ACT 328 Money Laundering

This course addresses money-laundering operations that are designed to take the proceeds of illegal activities, such as profits from fraud, and make them appear to come from a legitimate source. The course explores the laundering process; methods used to launder funds, and discuss local and international regulations to combat money laundering. It also addresses techniques used to investigate suspected laundering activities. Prerequisite: ACT-212

ARCH 330 Environmental Design

Throughout the academic year three specific themes are engaged: design brief and use, site and environment, and construction and materials. Studio exercises, individual assignments and design projects each emphasize the investigation and assessment of such themes in addition to addressing various design factors that include human safety, ease of accessibility, sustainability and urban context. Specified studio design projects are coordinated with the corresponding subject areas and projects in the required courses concerning Environmental Systems and Design Integration, and Structures. Prerequisite: DESI-221

ARCH 331 Integrated Design

Throughout the academic year three specific themes are engaged: design brief and use, site and environment, and construction and materials. Studio exercises, individual assignments and design projects each emphasize the investigation and assessment of such themes in addition to addressing various design factors that include human safety, ease of accessibility, sustainability and urban context. Specified studio design projects are coordinated with the corresponding subject areas and projects in the required courses concerning Environmental Systems and Design Integration, and Structures. Prerequisite: ARCH-330

ARCH 430 Architecture and Ecology

In this course, through lectures and presentations, the ecological systems that connect with architectural theory and practice are analyzed in the context of a number of factors, many of which embody current and future problems. Human physiology, the occupation of space, and principles of sustainability are further examined against energy consumption, environmental degradation, life cycles of materials and products, and valid interior and exterior design strategies. Assignments will address these key criteria including a major integrated project. Prerequisite: ARCH-331 or INDE-330

ARCH 431 Planning and Urban Design

This course is an introduction into Planning and Urban Design. It focuses on connections between urban form and the general cultural and socio-economic context. It will introduce both basic concepts of Planning and Urban Design as developed in relevant theories and specific methods of examining and developing proposals for particular design contexts. The aim of the course is to create awareness and an understanding of the basic principles of City Planning and Urban Design. It aims at facilitating critical approaches towards understanding, examining and proposing directions towards solutions at the urban context. The course will start by introducing and examining a historical development of planning theory highlighting the main issues and approaches towards them. The course will proceed to introduce the subject of urban design highlighting the main trends and the basic concepts. Having established the general theoretical framework, specific methods are introduced. These will cover ways of examining urban contexts as well as those relating to the formulation of solutions to specific urban design problems. Prerequisite: ARCH-331

BIO 100 Unifying Life Processes

The unity underlying all life forms is explored through examination of the cell, and the biological chemicals, structures, and processes that govern cell organization, metabolism, communication, integration and reproduction. Major topics include respiration and photosynthesis; regulation of the cell cycle; features of multicellularity; DNA structure, function, and repair; gene expression and regulation; mitosis and meiosis; patterns of inheritance; microbial genetics. Prerequisite: None

BIO 101 Human Biology

This course introduces the students to the basic knowledge of the human body with emphasis on understanding human biological mechanisms and processes, the human body’s structure and functional organization. Interactive lab sessions allow students to better understand the interrelation between the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: Cell Structure and Function, Organization of the Human Body, Skeletal System, Human Systems and Aging Process. Prerequisite: None

CRI 402 HR in Creative Industries

This course exposes students to the dynamic and diverse field of human resources management and provides a foundation in theory and practice for areas such as: human resources planning, recruitment and selection, training and development and compensation. Current events, relevant legislation and future trends are also explored. The course provides students with the fundamentals necessary to effectively manage the human resources function of an organization. Prerequisite: CRI 301, BSM 300

CRI 403 Creative Industries Research Methodology

This course asks how information about the Creative Industries can be collected and analyzed. It surveys research methods that are both useful within the Creative Industries and crucial to studying them. Information retrieval techniques will be reviewed as well as methods of data collection (audience research; content analysis; critical and textual analysis; surveys; interviews; focus groups etc.). Through practical exercises we will develop the research skills that are required of many careers within the Creative Industries (grant, report and policy brief writing etc.) as well as in advanced graduate degrees. Prerequisite: CRI 301

DESI 270 Sustainable Design 1

In this course, through lectures and presentations, the natural and built environments, along with ecological systems are analyzed in terms of depleting resources and the possibilities for sustainable technological solutions to contemporary and future problems. Human physiology, the occupation of space, and principles of sustainability are examined against energy consumption, environmental degradation, life cycles of materials and products, and valid interior and exterior design strategies. Prerequisite: DESI-101

DESI 320 Environmental Systems and Integrated Design 1

In this course, students are introduced to the factors that contribute to the heating and cooling loads in a building, followed by strategies for minimizing energy consumption. Criteria considered include acoustics, ventilation, day lighting, solar energy and geometry, shading and control, heating and cooling. Integrated/holistic design strategies will encompass energy efficiency, energy conservation, human comfort levels for health and productivity. Strategies for passive solar design are combined with day-lighting and ventilation concepts in the context of a sustainable environment. Prerequisite: DESI-221

DESI 321 Environmental Systems and Integrated Design 2

This course embraces a variety of building environmental controls that refer to mechanical systems, duct layout and controls, electric lighting, indoor air quality, transportation, communication, fire safety, water and sewage. Examination of the integration of these systems into the overall building and how the selected systems influence the building design and energy consumption characteristics are emphasized. Students 1earn that architectural design and the mechanical systems impact on the overall building efficiency and that these are a result of not only the efficiency of the individual components, but of their integration. Prerequisite: DESI-320

EFS 200 Introduction to Food Safety

This course introduces the student to the principles of foods safety. It presents information and exercises to demonstrate public health risk associated with production and consumption of food. Topics include: the role of industry, governments and consumers in food safety; and, the role of industry and government in managing and controlling risks. Prerequisite: ENV 201

EFS 210 Food Laws and Legislation

This fundamental course, introduces the student to food legislation and compliance methods at the international, (i.e., Codex Alimentarius, WHO/FAO, GAT, TBT) regional (GCC) and local levels to ensure safe and wholesome food. Prerequisite: EFS 200

EFS 220 Food Chemistry

Food chemistry theory is the focus of this course, whereas the student explores food functional groups and their properties. In this course students will learn the effects of these functional groups on food safety and quality. Prerequisite: SHS 103 & ENV 305

EFS 225 Food Processing

Food processing methods are the focus of this course, whereas the student explores different food processing techniques. In this course students learn the basics of food processing & preservation using various methodologies, and determining the effects of preservation on microorganisms, food safety and quality. Prerequisite: SHS 103 & ENV 305

EFS 230 Food Inspection, Sampling Techniques and Audition

This hands-on course prepares the student to conduct risk-based food inspections. Students will be familiarized with the microbiological food sampling and modeling software to verify and validate food safety management systems. Topics include: food product inspection, food equipment and process verification, and inspection methodologies. This course includes field visits. Prerequisite: ENV 305

EFS 240 Food Safety Management

EFS 240 Food Safety Management Systems This course introduces the student to food safety management systems such as HACCP, ISO 22000, menuSafe, BRC, Safer Food Better Business, Salamat Zadna. Topics also include the identification of risk factors which adversely affect public health and hazard analysis. Prerequisite: EFS 200 & ENV 305.

ENV 125 Ecosystems and Human Health

This course introduces the key concepts of ecosystems and health, emphasizing how they are related and the implications of this relationship to human wellbeing. Students will juxtapose the ecosystems and health, and ecosystems and the health of humans. The course will provide knowledge, skills and attitudes of relevance to problem-solving in personal and professional like. Prerequisite: None Equivalent: GED-125

ENV 201 Principles of Environmental Sciences

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies. It covers a range of issues: Environmental impact, Biodiversity, Air and water pollution, Food production, Soil resources, Soil erosion, Energy, Domestic and hazardous wastes, population growth, ethics, and policy. Approaches to prevention and control are discussed within the overall context of sustainability. Prerequisite: None

ENV 304 Water and Wastewater Quality Control

This course focuses on the principles of water management (both in quantity and quality) with emphasis on fresh water resources for domestic and multi-purpose utilization. Characterization, treatment, reclamation, and recycling of wastewater are also discussed. International guidelines, standards, and directives for water and wastewater management are presented. Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 305 Food Quality and Control

This course introduces the concept of food hygiene and emphasizes its importance. Topics include: Quality terms & definitions, Quality development cycle, elements and their evaluation, Food quality management (structures, policies and responsibilities), Food standardization and legislation, Statistical tools and quality improvement, Food quality systems (GMP, ISO 9000, HACCP, risk analysis and conformity certificate), Food quality systems (The audit process, registration, and certification). Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 308 Community Environmental Health

This course addresses Sanitation and management principles of community problems related to waste disposal, vector control, food and milk protection, swimming pools, and recreation activities. Topics include: Sustainable Yield & Natural remediation, Environmentally-incurred disease, Zoonotic diseases, Insects and other pests, Integrated Pest Management, Food Quality and Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Food Bio Security Issues, Solid Waste Management, Recreational Facilities, Milk Products. Prerequisite: ENV 201

ENV 407 Management of Domestic and Hazardous Waste

This course introduces the element of solid waste management: sources, characterization, generation rates, collection, transportation, and disposal technologies. Topics include: Collection, transportation, storage and disposal methods, Treatment and disposal technologies, Solid waste management planning, Waste minimization Reduction, Reclamation, Recycling, Reuse and Disposal, Application of treatment and disposal methods, Collection and disposal of wastewater, Types of hazardous wastes, Treatment and disposal technologies of hazardous waste, risk assessment and management, Site redemption, Safe management of wastes from healthcare activities. Prerequisite: ENV 304

ENV 408 Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This course introduces the types and sources of data in measuring population health, the different epidemiological study designs, and exploratory data analysis. Topics include: Measures of morbidity and mortality used in epidemiology, Descriptive epidemiology, Measures of effect and data interpretation issues, Screening for disease in the community and epidemiology of infectious disease, Molecular, genetic, psychologic, behavioral and social epidemiology, Practical applications of biostatistics, concept, scope and uses of statistics, Probability and sampling distribution, Correlation and regression, sample size for estimation, Epi-Info 3.3.2 and SPSS. Prerequisite: MTH 195, ENV 201

ENV 409 Marine and Air Pollution

The environments covered in this course include water and inside and outside air: There is an emphasis on sources and types of pollutants as well as environmental degradation and its consequences. Marine pollution management is covered in depth; including international legislation for the conservation of the marine environment. The course discusses the health effects and economic consequences of exposure to outdoor pollutants and of indoor pollutants (e.g., asbestos, tobacco smoke, formaldehyde, radon). Prerequisite: ENV 407

ENV 410 Occupational Health and Toxicology

This course introduces the general principles governing occupational health and acceptable levels of hazardous chemical and physical agents in the workplace. Toxic agents in the environment in general and specifically in the occupational environment are studied with respect to entry routes, how they act in the body, their effect on metabolism, the impact of different levels of exposure (i.e. their toxicity). Tools and techniques for monitoring the work environment and the workers themselves for exposure to hazardous agents, evaluating data, recognizing and assessing risks and controlling hazards are presented. Prerequisite: ENV 302, 407.

ENV 411 Research Study in the Field of Environmental Health

This course provides the students with the skills required to develop a research study in the field of environmental health and present the finding to the audience. Following aspects are covered: Introduction on how to write researchable questions and problem statement, Problem statement, critical review of the literature, methods for data collection questionnaire construction, tools for data collection, reliability and validity measures, citations and references and writing the research document. Prerequisite: 81 Cr.H

GED 199 UAE Society

This course is an introduction to the UAE society in its political, geographical, cultural, demographical and social aspects. Students are encouraged to reflect on the evolution of society in view of the fast changes brought by modernization and globalization. Topics include: the Emirates geography and history, aspects of life before and after the Emirates political union, economic and social development, the cultural life before and after the union Prerequisite: None

HRM 275 Conflict Resolution

This course focuses on the nature of conflict and the methods to resolve conflict with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving and mediation. The students will be able to synthesize and be exposed to the preparation for negotiation, development of a negotiating style, and how to establish trust in building a relationship. Prerequisite: MGT-202, HRM-210

HRM 300 Human Resource Development

This course is a study of the theory and practice in human resource training and development applied to organizational settings. Topics include: Organizational Role of Training Specialist, Identifying Training Needs, Maximizing the Trainee’s Learning, Evaluating Training Programs, On-Site and Off-Site Training Methods, Developing & Training Leaders & Executives, Societal Concerns. Prerequisite: HRM-210 Equivalent: HRM-410

HRM 310 Human Resource Management

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental issues associated with Human Resource Management (HRM). An examination of the major topics related to HRM and current issues are addressed to better understand the important role of human resources as a source of competitive advantage for organizations in today’s ever-changing environment Prerequisite: MGT-202

HRM 320 UAE Labour Law and Relations

This course explores how UAE labor law regulates the legal aspects of employer-employee relations, attempting to identify the economic and regulatory influences that have shaped UAE labor laws. It focuses particularly on the legal regulation of collective worker activity and will identify values that inform the legislative, judicial, administrative, arbitral, contractual and informal rules and norms through which law regulates the current diverse management-labor environment. Prerequisite: MGT 202