Faculty of Graduate Studies
The Masters of Science in Water and Environmental Engineering at An-Najah National University is a foundation of leadership for environmental professionals. The Water and Environmental Studies Institute (WESI) is a well-established multidisciplinary postgraduate institute with an international reputation and high experience for excellence in water and environmental engineering. The program was designed by academic leaders in the Water and Environmental Studies Institute at An-Najah National University and benefiting from experts and programs in applied science at regional institutes and universities. The focus of the program is on studying the environmental effects and impacts of current human activities and development on the present and future (in quality and quantity and in time and space) of environmental and natural resources.
The core curriculum consisting of 36 credit hours (18 core and 18 elective courses) provides the strong foundation of fundamental water and environmental engineering required to work at the forefront of the field. A broad range of electives provides curricular flexibility to allow students to tailor their academic experience to suit professional needs and interests. The MS in water and environmental engineering program faculty at An-Najah National University includes distinguished instructors with valuable experience in the academic, public and corporate sectors. The program is thesis oriented only (30 credit hours plus 6 credit hours as a thesis) to allow much research of local water and environmental engineering related problems.
The MSc program in Water and Environmental Engineering is over twenty years old and highly popular and relevant to the present and future needs of Palestinian people and development.
All students in the MS program in Water and Environmental Engineering earn skills and tools in the following areas:
- Water resources management and hydraulic modeling
- Water resources quality
- Applied Water chemistry and microbiology
- Water resources management and modeling
- Water and wastewater treatment processes and design
- Sanitation and sewerage
- Groundwater modeling/management
- Water Rules and regulations
- Waste management and Environmental Monitoring, Analysis and Pollution control
- Ecological Management
- Environmental regulations
- Environmental Chemistry
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Planning
- Data Management including Statistical analysis, simulation, and computer modeling
- Waste Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
The master program in water and environmental engineering and sciences promotes learning technical and technological skills and social development and economic tools and works with individuals and groups from and in the Palestinian communities using a range of formal and informal methods with will lead to better relations and engagement between people, industry, and government in relation to issues of social and economic development as well as the environment.
By improving graduate's knowledge, skills and confidence, tools, organizational ability and various computational and modeling resources, graduates from the programs would help industry solving their problems and cope with and develop with time. These skills, abilities, and tools would help to solve the various problems of local industries as well as constituting the basis for innovative initiatives to develop the sector. This program would contribute to strengthening social capital by improving the knowledge, skills, tools, abilities, confidence, motivation, networks and resources that the individuals, groups, and industries in a community or a country have.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning methods adopted and used in water and environmental engineering and sciences include direct instructor lecturing through best available teaching techniques and practices and infrastructures (buildings, teaching assistants, and labs). These methods are aimed at knowledge building (new text books-up to date-used and presented to students in course works), comprehension (demonstrating understanding of terms and concepts of water and environmental engineering and sciences), application (solving problems by laboratory and field demonstration), analysis (breaking things down into their elements, formulating theoretical explanations or mathematical or logical models for observed phenomena of water and environmental engineering and sciences), synthesis (creating, design, and make-up problem solving techniques and mechanisms, and combining elements and processes in novel ways), evaluation (choosing, determining, and selecting from among alternatives).
Active learning approach is practiced in this program resulting in and emphasizing recalling prior material, responding to questions, problem-solving, explaining the written material, analytical, critical, and creative thinking, and generating questions and summarizing. In addition, cooperative learning is employed in this program by involving students to work in teams to accomplish an assigned task and produce a final product. This cooperative learning includes the following elements: positive interdependence, individual accountability, face-to-face promotive interaction, appropriate use of teamwork skills, and regular self-assessment of team functioning.
Coursework and Assessment
The program is totaled 36 credit hours: 30 credits of coursework and 6 in thesis-research work. Continuous student opinions and feedbacks are essential for checking program learning outcomes. Also, these feedbacks are important and included/considered in the program and teaching meaningful evaluation and program assessment plan. Written exams are used in all courses (first, second, and final exam) are used to evaluate and grade students in this program. An-Najah national university uses end-of-course web-based student surveys to evaluate teaching quality. While students’ opinions are important and should be included in any assessment plan, meaningful evaluation of teaching must rely primarily on an assessment of learning outcomes. In addition to exams, projects and lab reports are used as measures to obtain an accurate picture of students’ content knowledge and skills.
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