GIEP Online Courses

Basic Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control

Professor Rasha Elkholy

In this course, students will understand the foundations of environmental engineering and understand what it means to consider the environment when engaging in both small and large engineering and industrial projects.  As such, students will learn about the basics of pollution control in relation to the various regulations and regulatory bodies found throughout the world regarding emissions and pollutants.
Credit Points: 5 Start: no specific date! Effort: - / Week

Green Buildings

Rasha Elkholy

This course focuses on the new and emerging trends in architectural design relating to the aspects of energy conservation, sustainability, energy, efficiency, and ecological awareness.  In this course, students will understand the importance of architectural design in ensuring a more environmentally sustainable future as well as its interrelation with energy.  Practical applications of environmental architecture will also be understood as students will learn the foundations of energy insulation, practical natural lighting, and so on.
Credit Points: 5 Start: no specific date! Effort: - / Week

Creative Marketing

Dr. Omar Ramzy

The course of creative marketing is meant to be an integral part of the MBA on Entrepreneurship as it explains the relationship between your company, the customers, and the value that you create through your endeavors.  Through this course, you will be learning about the importance of marketing as an entrepreneur, but understand it in a non-traditional sense that will allow you to market and advertise your products/services, using realistic budgets and tools that have become available only due to the proliferation of online services and new technologies.  By the end of the course, you will not only have a solid grasp on the fundamentals of marketing, but also and understanding on how you can use it in a creative way that will allow for its application in the 21st century business environment.
Credit Points: 0 Start: no specific date! Effort: - / Week

Global Changes & Sustainable Development

Dr. Hany Farhat Abd-Elhamid

Aims of the course The aim of this module is to introduce the fundamentals of global changes and   sustainable development. The challenges of sustainable development, global environmental issues including climate change, environmental assessment, management and policies, economics of sustainability and natural, resources accounting, indicators of environment and social development, social dimensions of sustainable development, principles and guidelines of corporate Sustainability. Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in different fields such as; water, energy, environment, coastal areas, agriculture, health and society.
Credit Points: 0 Start: no specific date! Effort: 4 / Week

Engineering for sustainable environment

Prof. Nabil Hassen Mostafa

  • Introduction
  • Sustainability and the Building Industry
  • Current U.S. Trends
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Sustainable Design in Practice
  • The Genzyme Building
  • Student Presentations
  • Energy in Buildings
  • Materials
  • Water and Sanitation
Credit Points: 0 Start: no specific date! Effort: 1 / Week

Renewable energy systems

Prof. Nabil Hassen Mostafa, Dr. Mohamed Talaat Moustafa, Dr. Moustafa Mohamed Ibrahim, Dr. Mohamed Ali Essa, Dr. Ahmed Hamdy Osman

  • Biomass for heat
  • Electric power and liquid fuels
  • Geo-energy sources
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Hydro power
Credit Points: 0 Start: no specific date! Effort: 1 / Week

Global Changes and Sustainable Development

Dr. Hani Sewilam,

THIS ONLINE COURSE BELONGS TO THE GIEP MASTER PROGRAM: GREN 501/5201 - Global Changes and Sustainable Development (3 cr.)
This course focuses mainly in two important topics making an important impact in sustainable development: water and waste. It focuses on sustainable development and global changes – vital issues for humanity – with specific attention to the challenges in Egypt and developing countries, and their transition from unsustainable to sustainable development. The course prepares the students to face the community challenges and enable them to introduce the concept of sustainable development in the form of action plan. More information about this course is available in the catalog of American University in Cairo.


On completing this course, the student should be able to:
  • Articulate the complexity of global environmental change
  • Examine and evaluate local activities relevant to global environmental changes
  • Articulate a broad view of historical factors – scientific, political and social – that have led to concern about global environmental changes
  • Articulate barriers to and incentives for change in the adaptive management of global environmental changes, e.g., economic, cultural, political
  • Demonstrate knowledge and basic understanding of the field of sustainable development and natural resource management, including basic concepts, such as water management, waste management, green buildings, and renewable energy.


The MSc program in Sustainable Development is designed to take advantage of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. It aims to create a whole new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with the skills to allow them to start up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and put in place public polic1y and social entrepreneurship innovations that, together, address society’s environmental and natural resources challenges. The program aims to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in all three sectors – private, governmental and non-profit – in preparation for careers as entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” in a range of organizations. Through this program, students will learn how to identify, assess and shape environmental ideas into real business opportunities, and how to support such ventures through entrepreneurial private, government and civil society initiatives. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course work combines a conceptual review of the relationships among business, industry, environment, policy and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and sustainable economic development.
Credit Points: 3 Start: 20140908 Effort: 6 / Week

Natural resources

Prof. Dr. Salah Hassouna, Prof. Samir Nassar, Prof. Afaf Hafez

A - Freshwater sources: existing resources: surface water - the development of existing resources: the projects of developing the Nile River - ways of rationalizing the sources of fresh water, irrigation, drainage and river navigation - the role of industry in maintaining fresh water, drinking water and methods of treatment and methods of preservation. B - Marine resources, minerals and petroleum: marine resources of metals - the exploitation and development of marine resources - the continental shelves - sources of crude oil - methods of rationalization and preservation of energy resources. C - Genetic Resources: the importance of genetic resources for food and agriculture - the case of plant genetic resources and livestock for food and agriculture - determine the genetic diversity - Methods of maintenance and protection of plant genetic resources and animal - the international conventions that govern the exchange of genetic resources and their sustainable use and sharing of benefits arising from the use of those resources equitably.
Credit Points: 3 Start: 20150401 Effort: 4 / Week

Renewable Energy Resources

Prof. Dr. Salah Hassouna

Overall aims of course
  1. Introduce the students to the basic information about the renewable energy sources.
  2. Give the students information about the different means of getting energy in general and the problems associated with fossil fuels depletion.
  3. Make the students understand the different technologies used worldwide regarding solar, wind and biomass for energy generation.
  4. Make the students acquainted with the recent developments in the field of renewable energy resources.
Knowledge and understanding
  1. Make the students discuss and understand how the sun energy is the major source for biomass and how it could be used in collecting thermal energy or  how it can be converted to organic matter or for electricity generation by photovoltaics.
  2. Make the students understand the concept of using wind energy in turbines including site selection, available technologies and aerodynamics
  3. Explain the interrelationship of biomass, waste utilization, energy conservation and environmental protection.
Credit Points: 3 Start: 20150401 Effort: 4 / Week

Biological Treatment of Waste

Prof. Dr. Salah Hassouna

  1. Introduce the students to the basic information about the environmental wastes either solid or liquid.
  2. Give the students information about the proper management of waste material
  3. Make the students understand the different technologies used worldwide in waste treatment.
  4. Make the students acquainted with the recent developments in the field of waste safe-disposal, waste-to-energy, waste composting.

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Make the students classify the environmental waste and means of its treatment.
  2. Make the students diagnose the magnitude of the mishandling of waste and its environmental impacts.
  3. Make the students outline the waste stream and the different options available.
Credit Points: 3CP Start: 21050401 Effort: 4 / Week

Renewable Energy Integration Systems

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Aly

The course introduces students to the effects of integrating renewable energy to the transmission and distribution systems. Students will learn the benefits and drawbacks of this integration. At the completion of this topic the students should know AC/DC drives control, predictive direct power control of systems connected into the grid, technological aspects of power electronic systems connection to the grid, active network devices, control and FACTS technology, and micro-grids. This course gains 8 ECTS / 4 CP
Credit Points: 4 Start: 20160917 Effort: 4 / Week

Structural Design for Sustainable Environment

Assis. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mohamed Ahmed

This course aims to review the introduction of structural mechanics first, and to understand its application for structural analysis with energy principle.  Students will learn the background of various analysing techniques for structural behavior and understand the vulnerability of environment. This course gains 8 ECTS / 4 CP
Credit Points: 4 Start: 20160206 Effort: 4 / Week

Engineering for a Sustainable Environment

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Aly

Solid, industrial and hazardous waste generation and control, with an emphasis on sustainable engineering practices such as environmental impact assessment and performance, waste management, pollution prevention, waste minimization, cleaner production, energy recovery, recycling and reuse. This course gains 8 ECTS / 4 CP
Credit Points: 4 Start: 20140919 Effort: 4 / Week

Greening the Built Environment

Dr. Hatem Mahmoud, Faculty of Engineering – Aswan University

  • Examines core concepts. Analytic tools, and program models needed to develop the urban built environment in ways that are socially and environmentally sustainable.
  • Retrofitting and sustainability upgrades for the existing urban core.
  • Developing new communities on a sustainable model, and providing affordable options for low-income urban residents, including upgrading of informal areas as well as new developments.
Explores how the spatial distribution of work and housing choices interacts with transport/transit systems, energy use, and infrastructure to shape urban sustainability outcomes. This course gains 2 CP/ 8 ECTS
Credit Points: 2 Start: 20140919 Effort: 4 / Week