Module Title:Environmental Management and Modelling
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in four lectures, each of one hour duration per week, over 30 weeks. Tutorial sessions and computer use of Excel and Maple will be integrated into this delivery schedule.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give final year students an overview of legislation, regulation and management of environment-related activities. To introduce the students to the area of mathematical modelling. To study a number of models relevant to environmental studies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Evaluate and discuss current issues in the natural environment in Ireland and globally.
LO2 Survey regulatory bodies and legislation on the environment.
LO3 Identify the necessary elements of an industrial or waste licence to ensure compliance.
LO4 Interpret technical reports and guidance documents.
LO5 Integrate environmental aspects of industrial activity into the overall management system.
LO6 Identify environmental situations that can be modelled mathematically.
LO7 Identify, analyse and solve some environmental problems
LO8 Model some situations using Microsoft Excel and the computer algebra system (CAS) Maple
LO9 Communicate in an effective and professional manner, both in written and oral formats.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The natural environment
Ecosystems, Ecosystem services/functions, Natural capital, depleting natural resources, Earth equivalence, Environmental degradation, Sustainable development, Circular economy.
Water Quality
Surface water/ground water/aquifers, Water Framework Directive, Drinking water :(public/group/private schemes), production processes, legislation and standards. Industrial and urban waste water: (types, treatment, discharge licences, legislation, river and lake assimulative capacity). Responsibilities of EPA and local authoritories.
Classes of pollution (chemical: organic -PAHs/PCBs/Dioxins/VOCs/ Biocides/Pharmacueticals, Inorganic - nutrients (N-P)/heavy metals , biological - bacteria/viruses/protozoa/invasive species, Physical -thermal/radiation/light, Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit 1992. Global warming.
Environmental Liability Directive
Provisions, Polluter Pays and Precautionary principles, the pollution linkage concept.
Industrial Emissions Directive
Provisions, IPPC licences, IPPC application process/information. Best Available Technology (BAT), Bref documents, Emision Limit Values (ELV), Environmental Quality Standards (EQS). Annual Emissions Report (AER), IPPC case studies (food and pharmaceutical industry)
Environmental Impact Assessment
Methodology. EIA Regulations. Case studies. Sustainable development. Public consultation.
Waste Management
Waste production statistics, the waste management hierachy (prevent, reduce, reuse and recycle). Environmental impacts of landfills, the landfill directive, environmental impacts of incineration (technology/dioxins/GHG), reporting and compliance. Biodegradable waste treatment (composting, anaerobic digestion)Other waste legislation (WEE, VoL).
Fossil fuels: Environmental impacts (extraction-processing), effects of combustion - atmosphere, GHG, particulate matter, Carbon footprints, Renewable energy - Targets, environmental impacts of solar, hydroelectric, wind and biofuels) Kyoto, Paris 2015. Energy audits.
Management Systems in Industry
EMS: Compients and implimentation, Accreditation schemes: ISO14000:2015, Environmental management and audit scheme (EMAS). Legal and other requirements. Evaluation of compliance. Auditing. Ecolabelling.
The modelling concept. Formulation and test. Assumptions. Modelling as an iterative process.
Deterministic models
Fomulation of Ordinary Differential Equations for some situations in the Environmental area. Radio-active decay, compartment models of mixing, pollution spread, Solutions to ODEs using Maple V (Computer Algebra System).
Probabilistic models.
Simple, parabolic and multiple regression. Prediction and Assessment of Statistical models. Problem solving using Excel and R Computer language.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Written Examination 1,2,3,5,9 10.00 n/a
Presentation Assignment 1 4,9 5.00 Sem 1 End
Written Report Assignment 2 2,4,5,9 5.00 Sem 2 End
Examination n/a 6,7,8,9 5.00 n/a
Examination n/a 6,7,8 5.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final written exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 120.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASES_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science 4 Mandatory