School of Environmental Sciences

Individual Project I

This course is part of the programme:
Master’s study programme Environment (2nd level)

Objectives and competences

The main goal of the course is to, through individual project work, deepen the students’ knowledge about the current environmental issues and the ways and procedures of solving them. The competences acquired are: understanding current environmental issues and the ways of solving them, skills for autonomous project work.


Basic knowledge of environmental topics.

This course represents a basis for the course Individual project II, which is carried out in 2nd year.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Each student selects the topic of his/her project upon prior agreement with his/her mentor, who supervises the student’s project work.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • The students will be able to tacke project work on research topics.
  • The students will be able to autonomously aquire the knowledge of research topics discussed.
  • The students will be able to present the acquired knowledge and the results of their research to the public.


Articles from professional journals, reports on environmental impacts, technical and scientific books from the selected topics. (The actual sources cannot be specified as they depend on the topic of each endividual project).


  • Successful presentation of the seminar (50 %) • Written report (50 %)

Lecturer's references

Full Professor of Materials at the University of Nova Gorica

PITCHER, Michael W., EMIN, Saim, VALANT, Matjaž. A simple demonstration of photocatalysis using sunlight. Journal of chemical education, ISSN 0021-9584, 2012, vol. 89, no. 11, str. 1439-1441. [COBISS.SI-ID 2588155]

VALANT, Matjaž, AXELSSON, Anna-Karin, LE GOUPIL, Florian, ALFORD, Neil McN. Electrocaloric temperature change constrained by the dielectric strength. Materials chemistry and physics, ISSN 0254-0584. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 136, no. 2/3, str. 277-280. [COBISS.SI-ID 2587899]

VALANT, Matjaž, ARČON, Iztok, MIKULSKA, Iuliia, LISJAK, Darja. Cation order-disorder transition in Fe-doped 6H-BaTiO[sub]3 for dilute room-temperature ferromagnetism. Chemistry of materials, ISSN 0897-4756. [Print ed.], 2013, vol. 25, no. 17, str. 3544-3550, doi: 10.1021/cm402353t. [COBISS.SI-ID 26970151]

VALANT, Matjaž. Electrocaloric materials for future solid-state refrigeration technologies. Progress in Materials Science, ISSN 0079-6425. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 57, no. 6, str. 980-1009. [COBISS.SI-ID 2210043]

AXELSSON, Anna-Karin, VALANT, Matjaž, LE GOUPIL, Florian, BERENOV, Andrey, ALFORD, Neil McN. Lead-free and “exotic” electrocaloric materials. V: CORREIA, Tatiana (ur.).Electrocaloric materials : new generation of coolers, (Engineering materials, ISSN 1612-1317, vol. 34). Heidelberg; Berlin: Springer, cop. 2014, str. 125-146. [COBISS.SI-ID 3245563]

University course code: 2OK005

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1, 2

Course principal:




  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 90 hours

Course type: mandatory

Languages: slovene and english

Learning and teaching methods:
• seminar • autonomous project work • autonomous work and work under supervision concerning the presentation of results