ENVR07047 2019 Sectoral Environmental Issues

General Details

Full Title
Sectoral Environmental Issues
Transcript Title
Sectoral Environmental Issues
Code
ENVR07047
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Lisa Cronin, Noel Connaughton
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science
Description

This module focuses on identifying and assessing a range of environmental impacts (e.g. on humans, air, water, soil, ecology, landscape etc.) associated with a range of economic sectors. The module also includes the planning and carrying out a detailed inspection of a site, organisation or activity; the legal and technical requirements in relation to the storage, containment (bunding) and proper management of hazardous materials; the assessment of the likely regulatory and environmental impacts associated with emergency situations;and the preparation of nutrient management plans (NMPs) for the sustainable recycling of waste sludges (biosolids) to land.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Identify and assess the most significant environmental impacts (e.g. on humans, air, water, soil, ecology, landscape etc.) associated with a range of economic sectors.

2.

Explain what is involved in the planning and execution of a site inspection to assess for compliance with environmental legislation and/or best international practice.

3.

Interpret and apply the legal and technical requirements for the storage, containment (bunding) and proper management of hazardous materials such as oil and chemicals.

4.

Determine the likely regulatory requirements and environmental impacts associated with a range of emergency situations.

5.

Explain what is involved in the preparation of a nutrient management plan for the sustainable recycling of waste sludges (biosolids) to land.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures 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

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam.

Participants must complete a Continuous Assessment Assignments (worth a total of 20% of module marks) that involves applying the theory to "real world" situations. Examples include review of the environmental impacts caused by typical activities in a specific sector or identifying and assessing examples of best international practice in relation to common environmental issues across many sectors such as bunding, management of hazardous materials, emergency planning and response etc.

In addition, two short theory question assessments (worth a total of 15% each) will assist in providing ongoing feedback to learners.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Identify and assess the most significant environmental impacts (e.g. on humans, air, water, soil, ecology, landscape etc.) associated with a range of economic sectors.

  • Identification and assessment of environmental impacts associated with a range of economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, mining, quarrying, construction, infrastructure, energy production, manufacturing, transport, services, retailing and tourism.

Explain what is involved in the planning and execution of a site inspection to assess for compliance with environmental legislation and/or best international practice.

  • Typical legal issues that must be complied with
  • Desk study
  • Site Assessment methodologies
  • Data gathering and reporting

Interpret and apply the legal and technical requirements for the storage, containment (bunding) and proper management of hazardous materials such as oil and chemicals.

  • Legal and technical requirements
  • Calculation of tank and bund volumes 
 

Determine the likely regulatory requirements and environmental impacts associated with a range of emergency situations.

  • Regulatory and environmental impacts associated with emergency situations such as flooding, power outage, fire, vandalism, process interruptions, quality failures, spillage, leaks etc. and the development of appropriate emergency responses.
 

Explain what is involved in the preparation of a nutrient management plan for the sustainable recycling of waste sludges (biosolids) to land.

  • Review of guidelines and legal requirements for the preparation of nutrient management plans to ensure regulatory compliance and consideration of environmental, economic and other factors.

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 MCQ1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 6 3,4
2 Individual/Group Report Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 1,5
3 MCQ2 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 12 2,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Directed reading material provided on dedicated Moodle page

UK Environment Agency Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs)

IPPC Licences issued by Irish EPA or equivalent

Conditions on Planning Permissions, Permits or other Licences

European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters) Regulations 2017 - S.I. No. 605 of 2017

European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 - S.I. No. 65 of 2018

Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (2018) Nitrates Explanatory Handbook for Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters Regulations. 

 

 

 

Journal Resources

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URL Resources

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Other Resources

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Additional Information

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