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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Frances Lucy, Margaret Savage, Cait Coyle
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

The Module introduces the learner to waste management and resource efficiency within the municipal and industrial sectors and in accordance with the waste management hierarchy , It covers the current regulatory framework for waste producers and waste management activities.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the major obligations/provisions of the main current Irish legislation that relates to waste management in  the industrial sector.


Explain the importance of resource efficiency/sustainable materials management in an industrial facility.


Undertake a resource efficiency audit for a specified activity and effectively communicate an action plan to improve resource efficiency.


Describe the various elements required for a well functioning ​​​​​​municipal waste management system,


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the major obligations/provisions of the main current Irish legislation that relates to waste management in the municipal sector. 


Differentiate between the main waste management infrastructure in common use in Ireland and outline how each is managed in order to prevent environmental pollution and optimise materials use in accordance with the circular economy .

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), 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 online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery may be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning

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. 


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, assessment or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard

Indicative Syllabus

Waste classification systems

Waste Management hierarchy

An Introduction to Waste Management and Resource Efficiency in the Industrial Sector

Examples of frameworks for resource efficiency in industrial sector e.g.IPCL/IEL, Leaner Production, Cleaner Production, etc

Waste policy and legislation in the Industrial Sector

Municipal waste management systems in Ireland

Municipal Waste Segregation/Collection 

Examples of Infrastructure for waste management (Transfer stations, MBT, MRF, Composting, Anaerobic Digestion, Waste-to Energy, Landfill) and how these are operated to reduce environmental impact

Waste policy and legislation in the Municipal Sector

Waste Management Plans


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 Continuous Assessment Written Report 40 % Week 9 1,2,3
2 Multiple Choice MCQs Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % OnGoing 1,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,4,5,6

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site visits, lectures, practicals 7.5 Once Per Semester 0.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed learning 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified self-study, writing reports 10 Weekly 10.00
Lecture Not Specified on-line lecture/self-study manual 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Course Manuals

Best Practice Guidelines in the areas of resource efficiency and waste management are under continual review.   The student will be directed towards guidance notes from the following Agencies; Environmental Protection Agency, UK Environment Agency, EU IPPC Bureau , Cre and also towards case studies from the National Waste Prevention Programme, Clean Technology Centre and the CGPP and EPPS  (see links and urls below

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

Journal Resources


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

Access to regional exam centres or Remote Proctoring Service


Additional Information

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