General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Ann-Marie Duddy, Billy Fitzgerald, Steve Tonry, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201400 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

The Module introduces learners to waste management at both national and organisational levels.  The Module addresses the amount and characteristics of wastes arising in the State.  The policy shift from various forms of disposal towards elimination at source and use of waste as a resource is explored.  Waste minimisation treatment and disposal options and are discussed as is waste auditing. The subject also reviews the current regulatory framework waste producers and management activities.

Learning Outcomes

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


Research and evaluate a range of contemporary waste prevention, minimisation, recovery and treatment options and determine the circumstances where they are appropriate.


Evaluate Irish waste statistics and discuss the main impacts of current national waste management strategies.


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the major obligations/provisions of the main current Irish legislation that relates to waste management and evaluate to what extent these address the issues in relation to waste in Ireland.


Explain how to plan and implement a resource efficiency programme


Communicate in a manner appropriate to the audience addressed.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assignments encourage the learner to research, analyse, evaluate and and report on aspects of waste management. The on-line MCQs are both formative and summative and will assist the learner to assess his/her own learning and encourage timely study during the semester. 

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to waste management

The classification of waste

Waste policy and the national waste database

Waste minimisation, recovery and treatment options

Waste disposal

Resource efficiency

Sectoral waste issues


Waste legislation

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 Assignment Waste management Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 7 1,4,5
2 Assignment Applicable Legislation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 11 1,3,5
3 Multiple Choice MCQs Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site visits, lectures 12 Once Per Semester 0.80
Directed Learning Not Specified On-line lectures, manuals, assigned reading, summative and formative quizzes etc. 80 UNKNOWN 80.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 120 UNKNOWN 120.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 80.80 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Course Manuals

Cheremisinoff, Nicholas P.  (2003) Handbook of solid waste management and waste minimization technologies Butterworth-Heinemann Amsterdam ; Boston

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. 2005. Action at Work: A Guide for Large Organisations to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.                                                                   

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government , (2006) Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Projects

EPA, 2012 (or most recent), National Waste Database Report.   

EPA, 2009, National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) Outline Work Plan 2009-2012

EPA, 2005, The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste Activity in Ireland.

EPA 2000. Landfill Site Design.

Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office (no date) Waste Prevention Guide for Industry & Business

Woodard & Curran, I. 2011, Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. (e-book)

Williams, Paul T. (2005) Waste treatment and disposal (2nd ed). Wiley Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ, USA

Other Resources

Adobe Connect – Live Lecture Room Software

IT Sligo Learn On-line Moodle Webpage

Current up to date web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer)

access to broadband

regional exam centres


Additional Information

Participants are encouraged to attend all workshops; normally there is one workshop in this subject.