Marine Pollution

Program Presentation

Currently, there are numerous industries that produce waste with high concentrations of heavy metals that can affect the aquatic environment. In invertebrates and other organisms, the accumulation of heavy metals in marine sediments causes them to pass through the food chain, starting the bioaccumulation of metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, among others.

From a practical approach, the Marine Pollution Program presents a comprehensive analysis of the main problems of pollution that are affecting marine spaces. In reference to to physical contamination issues, existing theories and models of diffusion and the dilution of discharges into rivers and seas are addressed. In the discussion of chemical pollution, an overview of all chemical contaminants is carried out: hydrocarbons, pesticides, heavy metals, organic matter, etc. Finally, in terms of biological contamination, assessments and analysis of the major pathogens that can contaminate the environment are also studied.

Who is the programme for?

The Marine Pollution program is targeted specifically to satisfy two different types of groups:

  • People without a college degree who may want a quality education in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their base education, want a practical specialization in the management of marine pollutants to broaden their career opportunities

Diploma

After successfully completing the program, the student will receive a diploma from the university in which he or she has enrolled with the endorsement of the Ibero-american University Foundation FUNIBER..

Program Structure

The estimated length of the Marine Contamination program is 100 hours (10 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • This being a distance learning program, not subject to classes, there is no definitive starting date, which is why the student can finish the enrollment process at any moment, as long as there are available spaces.
  • Due to academic and learning purposes, the minimum length for this program is one month.
  • The maximum time to finish the program is three months. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding evaluations..
  • The credit structure of the Marine Pollution program is gathered in the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 10 3 100
TOTAL 10 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objective:

  • To evaluate the principal human impacts that the marine environment receives as the result of a growing social and industrial pressure on marine coasts.

Specific Objectives:

  • To describe a marine ecosystem and the environmental impact that its organisms suffer.
  • To analyze the processes that rule over the dynamics of marine pollutants and to identify the effect they have on coastal and marine ecosystems.
  • To perform a first approach to the possible toxic effects of the incipient pollutants in the marine environment.
  • To develop the environmental management of a coastal zone identifying and evaluating the impacts on the sea caused by different industrial activities.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Marine Pollution program are the following: 

  • Teaching.
  • Working in a hatchery and at fishing spots.
  • Aquaculture
  • Working in city hall as a technician/advisor in marine resources

Study Plan

The Marine Pollution program is composed of four subjects, including practical cases of toxicity by pesticides and industrial waste.

The subjects allow the student to learn and comprehend, first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical fundaments implied in marine contamination and, second, its organizational, social and technological implementation.

The objective is to ensure that the student acquires a global vision of the management of the marine pollutants through the related multidisciplinary topics.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:

# SUBJECTS HOURS
TOTAL 100
1 ¡Potentially Contaminated Marine Ecosystems 25
2 ¡Environmental factors that affect pollutants 25
3 ¡Pollutants 25
4 ¡Toxicology 25
5 Practical Cases -

These subjects, are independent from each other, yet are structured in a pedagogical sequence from lesser to greater complexity. Each class is divided in thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material that must be studied in order to successfully answer the evaluation tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI) 

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. . Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

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