Award: 5 credits at level 3
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: January (Semester 2)

BSEN30030 Air Pollution


This module is for students in Semester 2 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

This module covers the measurement, abatement and dispersion modeling of atmospheric emissions from a variety of sources.

Topics include:

  • Air pollution and human health
  • Legislation
  • Sources of air pollution
  • Measurement techniques
  • Air pollution control systems
  • Meteorology
  • Climate change
  • Atmospheric dispersion modeling

How will I study?

The Air Pollution module will include:
  • Videos and demonstrations by the lecturers
  • Interactive learning reinforcement quizzes
  • Interactive discussion boards relating to case studies

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. However, Students are expected to attend the final semester exam and spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:
  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 12 hours
  • Case study projects, discussion and quizzes (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 84 hours

How will I be assessed?

Group Project: In-semester assessment including discussion board: 55%

2 hour end of semester written exam: 40%

Weekly MCQ: 5%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

At the end of the course students will be able to:
  • Describe the impact of air pollution on human health
  • Outline the regulatory standards and legal aspects of air pollutant emissions
  • Describe the major sources of air pollution
  • Explain the principles of meteorology and climate change
  • Outline the main methods for measuring concentrations of gases and odours
  • Describe the operation of air pollution control systems
  • Explain the principles of atmospheric dispersion modeling
  • Apply mathematical equations to solve air pollution problems

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for this module.