School of Environmental Sciences

Individual Project II

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 teach the student how to approach to project-oriented solving of a problem, which principles to apply during the project implementation and how correctly interpret and disseminate the project results

Competences: attaining skills for analysis of a problem, design and planning of project work, implementation of the project tasks and interpretation of results.


The successfully passed course Individual Project I.

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. The topic can be equal to the one of the Individual Project I, but has to represent an upgrade of the latter.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • The students will be capable to autonomously aquire the already existing knowledge of research topics
  • The students wil be capable to design the plan of project tasks and implement them
  • The students will be capable of a critical assesment of the results and their dessimination


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 individual project (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: 2OK007

Year of study: 2

Semester: 1, 2

Course principal:


ECTS: 10


  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 300 hours

Course type: mandatory

Languages: slovene and english

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