ENVR09037 2019 Air and Noise Management

General Details

Full Title
Air and Noise Management
Transcript Title
Air and Noise Management
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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
Noel Connaughton, Ossian Geraghty, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

This Module explores the characteristics of polluted air and investigates the effect that anthropogenic activities have on the pollution cycle.  Practical air pollution assessment and the various control mechanisms that may be applied are investigated.  This Module also 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.

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.


Explain the main sources of air emissions and their impacts using the appropriate terms and units of measure.


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


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


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


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


Evaluate and propose solutions in relation to the management of environmental air and noise problems and justify selections.


Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of pertinent areas of legislation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time. This will include lectures, practicals, and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. A two-day workshop will provide practical experience of instrumentation. 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.

There will be four MCQs given during the module.  Practice-based assignments will be given with components addressing the topics of air and noise.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Characteristics of unpolluted/polluted air.

Sources and environmental impacts of a range of air pollutants

Environmental air quality management; tools, units of measure, standards

Air sampling monitoring and analytical methods

Prevention/minimisation strategies

Relevant guidance documents

Requirements in relation to prior approvals (licenses and permits)

Legislative framework in relation to air pollution, air quality and management


Acoustic principles: basic theory, instrumentation, units of measure, noise scales and indices.

Environmental Noise: sources and impact

Noise measurement and assessment

Prevention/minimisation strategies

Relevant guidance documents

Requirements in relation to prior approvals (licenses and permits)

Legislative framework in relation to environmental noise


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 Quizzes Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % OnGoing 1,2,8
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 11 3,4,5,6
3 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 12 3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,6,7,8

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On line lecture/ self study manual 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Not Specified Site visit, lectures, practical 15 Once Per Semester 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-06-09 Acoustics and Noise Control Routledge
ISBN 0273724681 ISBN-13 9780273724681
Recommended Reading
2017-12-01 Engineering Noise Control CRC Press

This classic and authoritative student textbook contains information that is not over simplified and can be used to solve the real world problems encountered by noise and vibration consultants as well as the more straightforward ones handled by engineers and occupational hygienists in industry. The book covers the fundamentals of acoustics, theoretical concepts and practical application of current noise control technology. It aims to be as comprehensive as possible while still covering important concepts in sufficient detail to engender a deep understanding of the foundations upon which noise control technology is built.

Topics which are extensively developed or overhauled from the fourth edition include sound propagation outdoors, amplitude modulation, hearing protection, frequency analysis, muffling devices (including 4-pole analysis and self noise), sound transmission through partitions, finite element analysis, statistical energy analysis and transportation noise. For those who are already well versed in the art and science of noise control, the book will provide an extremely useful reference. A wide range of example problems that are linked to noise control practice are available on www.causalsystems.com for free download.

Required Reading
02/01/2016 Guidance Note for Noise: Licence Applications, Surveys and Assessments in Relation to Scheduled Activities (NG4). Wexford: EPA. EPA Wexford

Recommended Reading
05/06/2011 Guidance Note on Noise Assessment of Wind Turbine Operations at EPA Licensed Sites (NG3) Dubin: EPA

Recommended Reading
25/10/2004 Guidelines for the Treatment of Noise & Vibration in National Road Schemes. Dublin: NRA.

Recommended Reading
01/03/2014 Good Practice Guidance for the Treatment of Noise during the Planning of National Road Schemes NRA. Dublin

Recommended Reading
05/07/2009 EPA Guidance Note for Noise Action Planning EPA, Wexford

Recommended Reading
01/06/2018 Publications & Reports Consultation Documents EPA Submissions & Position Papers Advice & Guidance Air Applicant/Licensee Guidance AER/PRTR Best Available Techniques (BAT) Drinking Water Dumping at Sea Environmental Assessment General Technical Guidance GMOs Green Business LEMA Licensing Process Noise Noise Mapping Radiation Waste Waste Water Guidance for Licensees Water Legislation Forms Conferences and Events Datasets EPA Guidance Note for Noise Action Planning for the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006 (July 2009) EPA, Wexford

Recommended Reading
01/06/2011 EPA Guidance Note for Strategic Noise Mapping Vers 2 EPA, WExfod

Recommended Reading
01/10/2017 EPA Guidance Note for Strategic Noise Mapping for the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006 (Version 2 August 2011) EPA, Wexford

Required Reading
01/01/2018 Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region WHO Regional Office for Europe

Recommended Reading
2014-06-26 Environmental Noise Pollution: Noise Mapping, Public Health, and Policy Elsevier
ISBN 0124115950 ISBN-13 9780124115958

Environmental Noise Pollution: Noise Mapping, Public Health and Policy addresses the key debates surrounding environmental noise pollution with a particular focus on the European Union. Environmental noise pollution is an emerging public policy and environmental concern and is considered to be one of the most important environmental stressors affecting public health throughout the world. This book examines environmental noise pollution, its health implications, the role of strategic noise mapping for problem assessment, major sources of environmental noise pollution, noise mitigation approaches, and related procedural and policy implications. Drawing on the authors' considerable research expertise in the area, the book is the first coherent work on this major environmental stressor, a new benchmark reference across disciplinary, policy and national boundaries.* Highlights recent developments in the policy arena with particular focus on developments in the EU within the context of the European Noise Directive* Explores the lessons emerging from nations within the EU and other jurisdictions attempting to legislate and mitigate against the harmful effects of noise pollution* Covers the core theoretical concepts and principles surrounding the mechanics of noise pollution as well as the evidence-base linking noise with public health concerns

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Access to relevant instrumentation

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