ENVR06050 2019 Environmental nuisance

General Details

Full Title
Environmental nuisance
Transcript Title
Environmental nuisance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science

This subject provides an introduction to the environmental issues that are easily sensed by people and which can cause annoyance or, in more extreme cases, nuisance.  The learner should be able to identify the causes, impacts and effects of each and to outline strategies for the reduction of any impacts. Complaints handling is also addressed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the terms associated with nuisance issues and describe, where relevant, the terms, conventions and units of measure appropriate to each nuisance issue


Identify the main causes of each of the nuisance issues.


Identify and explain the significant adverse effects and impacts of these nuisance issues.


Outline strategies that can be used to reduce the impact or negative effects of each of the nuisance issues.


Conduct group-based practical investigative work in relation to a nuisance issue and communicate information regarding such investigation(s).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures, practicals, groupwork and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). 

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed by Continuous assessment (100%).  There will be a combination of  short written assessments, a written assignment  and presentation of information.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

Annoyance and  nuisance

Visual intrusion

Light pollution





Vermin control

Complaints handling

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short tests Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Assignment Practical assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 1,5
3 Group work (EBL) Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % OnGoing 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Group Learning Science Laboratory Laboratory and Workshops 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bies, D. (2017). Engineering Noise Control; Theory and Practice (5th ed.). Taylor and Frances CRC Press.

EPA 01/10/2017 EPA Guidance Note for Strategic Noise Mapping for the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006 (Version 2 – August 2011) EPA, Wexford 

EPA 05/07/2009 EPA Guidance Note for Noise Action Planning EPA, Wexford 

WHO 01/01/2018 Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region WHO Regional Office for Europe 

V.P.2008, Air Pollution, Pragati Prakashan, Meerut (e-book)

Luxon, L.M. & Prasher, D., Ph. D 2007, Noise and its effects,John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ    

Vincenzo Belgiorno, Vincenzo Naddeo, Tiziano Zarra, (2013) Odour Impact Assessment Handbook, John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Peters, R., Smith, B., & Hollins, M. (2011). Acoustics and Noise Control. 3rd ed. Canada: Peason Education

Lodge, J.P, (1989) Methods of Air sampling and Analysis, 3rd Edition , Lewis Publishers.

Cheremisinoff, Nicholas P., (2002) Handbook of air pollution prevention and control technologies Amsterdam ; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann

Mandel, S., (2009). Presentation Skills (Crisp Fifty-Minute Books). 4th edition. CRiSP.

Journal Resources


URL Resources





Other Resources

sound level meters and associated equipment

Additional Information