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
9999 - The End of Time
Billy Fitzgerald, Declan Feeney, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_O09 201400 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Environmental Protection

This subject reviews the theory of noise, its effects in the environment, monitoring and noise control.  Learners will conduct a noise survey and interpret results.  The regulatory context is also explored.

The subject will review salient energy matters for business and industry.  Learners will obtain, assess and interpret energy data as part of an energy management plan addressing current financial, legal and environmental issues in sustainable energy management.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain the main sources and impacts of environmental noise related problems using the appropriate terms and units of measure.


Plan and conduct a noise survey and report appropriate technical information regarding such investigation(s).


Analyse data from a noise investigation, using appropriate calculations where necessary, and identify and evaluate issues (including technical and socio economic) arising from the analysis.


Evaluate problems posed and propose solutions (including technical and managerial) to problems in relation to noise and energy management and justify selections.


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of salient areas of legislation relating to noise and energy.


Prepare evidence-based proposals as to how and why energy conservation initiatives may be assessed and applied, stating the potential environmental and financial benefits.

Indicative Syllabus

Principles of noise including basic theory and instrumentation

Units of measure, noise scales and indices.

Noise sources and effects of noise

Noise measurement and assessment

Noise control.


Energy use trends and fuel mix in Ireland

Overview of EU/Irish Energy Policy and legislation and what it means to end users

Practical initiatives for energy conservation

Total energy efficiency concept in industry

Energy auditing in industry


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 Multiple Choice MQCs Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,3,5,6
2 Group Project Noise survey Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 11 2,3
3 Practical Evaluation Energy assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 13 4,6

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 1,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Lectures and practical 16 Once Per Semester 1.07
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, written reports,study 120 UNKNOWN 120.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Resource material provided 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.07 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bies, D. (2011). Engineering Noise Control; Theory and Practice (4th ed.). Taylor and Frances CRC Press.

EPA. (2012). Guidance Note for Noise: Licence Applications, Surveys and Assessments in Relation to Scheduled Activities (NG4). Wexford: EPA.

EPA. (2011). Guidance Note on Noise Assessment of Wind Turbine Operations at EPA Licensed Sites (NG3). Dubin: EPA.

NRA. (2004). Guidelines for the Treatment of Noise & Vibration in National Road Schemes. Dublin: NRA.

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

Giddens, A. (2011). The Politics of Climate Change. (2nd ed). Polity Press, England.

Everett, B., Boyle G., Peake, S and Ramage, J. (2012). Energy Systems and Sustainability; Power for a Sustainable Future.  (2nd ed).  Oxford University Press, England.

SEAI. (2006). Energy Managers Resource Guide.  2006 Edition. Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, Dublin.


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

Students are encourages to attend workshops; normally there is one workshop associated with this subject.