General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Billy Fitzgerald, Ossian Geraghty, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SEHSM_M09 201600 Master of Science in EHS Management

This subject explores the characteristics of polluted air, the influence of Man on this process and the control mechanisms routinely employed to deal with the problem. The subject also reviews the theory of noise, it effects in the environment, monitoring and noise control.

Learning Outcomes

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


Distinguish between the various air quality management tools used to protect air quality


Evaluate the implications of using clean technologies and various air pollution control devices for the purposes of treating air streams contaminated with specified pollutants


Design a sampling/analysis methodology to meet the requirements of an investigative monitoring programme 


Evaluate air quality and noise data and assess copliance with relevant legislative requirements


Evaluate problems posed and propose solutions to problems in relation to noise management and justify selections


Communicate the impact of generating noise and discharging specified atmospheric pollutants from selected activities 

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

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment - 50%, Final exam - 50%.

Regular assessments will be undertaken via Moodle and assignments uploaded via Moodle. Assignments may be designed across modules delivered in the same semester.

Students may be assessed individually or in group environments with a strong emphasis on continual improvement and skill building.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

Characteristics of unpolluted/polluted air

Sources and environmental impacts of a range of air pollutants

Ambient air quality management tools  and units used

Use of prevention/minimisation strategies, end-of-pipe treatment to control the discharge of pollutants from a range of activities

Monitoring requirements in licences and permits

Air sampling and analytical methods and relevant guidance documents (e.g. BREF notes)

Principles of noise including units of measure

Sources, impact and control of noise

Noise measurement and assessment

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 Assessment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

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 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lectures, groupwork 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On-line lectures, tutorials, workshops 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Research, writing reports reading, studying for exams etc 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-08-12 Engineering Noise Control: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition CRC Press
ISBN 0415487072 ISBN-13 9780415487078

The practice of engineering noise control demands a solid understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics, the practical application of current noise control technology and the underlying theoretical concepts. This fully revised and updated fourth edition provides a comprehensive explanation of these key areas clearly, yet without oversimplification. Written by experts in their field, the practical focus echoes advances in the discipline, reflected in the fourth editions new material, including:

  • completely updated coverage of sound transmission loss, mufflers and exhaust stack directivity
  • a new chapter on practical numerical acoustics
  • thorough explanation of the latest instruments for measurements and analysis.

Essential reading for advanced students or those already well versed in the art and science of noise control, this distinctive text can be used to solve real world problems encountered by noise and vibration consultants as well as engineers and occupational hygienists.

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.

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

Godish, T. (2014) Air Quality Fifth Edition, CRC Press

Griffin, R.D, (2006) Principles of Air Quality Management (Second Edition), CRC Press, ISBN 9780849370991

Heumann, W.L. (1997) Industrial Air Pollution Control Systems Wiley Publishers

Hesketh, H.E. and Cross F.L. (1994) Sizing and Selecting Air Pollution Control Systems. CRC Press

Cheremisinoff, P.N. (1993) Air pollution Control and Design for Industry CRC Press

URL Resources




Other Resources

Sound level meter and ancillary equipment

Sound reproduction equipment

Air sampling and analysis equipment

Access to broadband


regional exam centres


Additional Information