ENVR07040 2019 Air Quality

General Details

Full Title
Air Quality
Transcript Title
Air Quality
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Feeney, Ossian Geraghty
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management

This Module explores how the atmosphere can be polluted by various activities.  It investigates the statutory responsibilities of various sectors in preventing air pollution and considers the measures that may be taken to prevent air pollution at organisational level. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify the major atmospheric and indoor air pollutants of a chemical nature and the common sources of these pollutants.


Discuss the environmental impact of discharging atmospheric pollutants from selected facilities


Assess compliance of air quality data and evaluate data with relevant legislative and best practice guidelines


Identify various sampling/analysis methodologies that may be used to characterise point source/fugitive air emissions or ambient air quality


Devise a strategy (in accordance with 'best available techniques' or best international practice) to manage air emissions from selected facilities

Teaching and Learning Strategies

his module will be delivered part-time.

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and may include site visits, augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student-learning needs.

Moodle or an equivalent will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Final theory : 50%  Continuous assessment: 50%

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), independent learning and directed learning.  This approach is expected to address various student learning needs.   Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of on-line lectures and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Indicative Syllabus

Characteristics of unpolluted/polluted air.

EPA, and their statutory responsibilities in relation to air quality

Sources and environmental impacts of selected air pollutants.

Legislation governing ambient air quality and the discharge of air pollutants from selected activities  

Measuring and monitoring of polluted air streams and ambient air quality.

Air pollution control strategies/air quliaty management tools


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Project Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 12 1,3,4
2 Multiple Choice MCQs Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 5 % Week 6 1,3,4
3 Multiple Choice MCQs Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 5 % Week 10 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online On-line lectures, assignments, directed reading 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Offsite Lectures and Lab 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Directed Learning Not Specified Researching, reading and reflecting 0.85 Weekly 0.85
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.02 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005-06-24 Occupational Hygiene Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405106212 ISBN-13 9781405106214

Employees, employers and the government have all become very aware of the effects on health of the work environment. As a result, this subject area is rapidly developing with recent changes in legislation, sampling and measurement methods, as well as a new emphasis on the psychological impact of work, and the importance of an appropriate work-life balance. The purpose of this book is to provide a clear and concise account of the principles of occupational hygiene and, as such, it is suitable for students studying for degree courses in this subject and for the MFOM. It is also suitable for occupational physicians and nurses, to safety representatives and to trade unionists. This edition sees the introduction of nine new chapters covering recently emerged topics such as work/life balance, work organisation and pyschological issues.

Required Reading
2014-08-15 Air Quality, Fifth Edition CRC Press
ISBN 9781466584440 ISBN-13 1466584440

The fifth edition of a bestseller, Air Quality provides students with a comprehensive overview of air quality, the science that continues to provide a better understanding of atmospheric chemistry and its effects on public health and the environment, and the regulatory and technological management practices employed in achieving air quality goals. Maintaining the practical approach that has made previous editions so popular, the chapters have been reorganized, new material has been added, less relevant material deleted, and new images added, particularly those from Earth satellites. See Whats New in the Fifth Edition: New graphics, images, and an appended list of unit conversions New problems and questions Revisions and updates on the regulatory aspects related to air quality, emissions of pollutants, and particularly in the area of greenhouse gas emissions Updated information on topics that affect air quality such as global warming, climate change, international issues associated with air quality and its regulation, atmospheric deposition, atmospheric chemistry, and health and environmental effects of atmospheric pollution Written in Thad Godishs accessible style, the book clearly elucidates the challenges we face in our fifth decade of significant regulatory efforts to protect and enhance the quality of the nations air. It also highlights the growing global awareness of air quality issues, climate change, and public health concerns in the developing world. The breadth of coverage, review questions at the end of each chapter, extensive glossary, and list of readings put the tools for understanding in your students hands.

Required Reading
1993-04-20 Air Pollution Control and Design for Industry CRC Press
ISBN 082479057X ISBN-13 9780824790578

Presents current methods for controlling air pollution generated at stationary industrial sources and provides complete coverage of control options, equipment and techniques. The main focus of the book is on practical solutions to air pollution problems.

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