Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September(Semester 1)

OSH4XXX Environmental Legislation and Regulation


This module is for students in Semester 1 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course. This module will be available from September 2014.

What will I study?

This module will cover an introduction to the Irish and EU legislation system and key legislation relating particularly to environmental (including biodiversity) protection and climate change at Irish and European level with reference to regulatory guidance this area. Information on international conventions and treaties will be covered.

The aim is to:

  1. To provide the student with a general knowledge of environmental legislation at Irish and European level.
  2. To provide the student with the necessary legal knowledge in the environmental area to permit them to give advice in relation to specific aspects of environmental management.
  3. To make the student aware of the importance of understanding, development and implementation of environmental legislation, particularly regarding climate change and human health and environmental protection.
  4. To familiarise the student with Irish environmental legislation, with emphasis on the transposed directives from European legislation.

How will I study?

E-Lectures will be delivered over an 8-week period (approximately 2 to 3 hours per week) through the online learning environment and will also include two optional half-day workshops at UCD. A moderated discussion board will be used to allow module participants to discuss the e-lecture content.

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend the workshops at the UCD campus – they are entirely optional, however you are expected to spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:

  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials: approximately 20 hours
  • Specified reading (throughout the semester): approximately 20 hours
  • Moderated discussion: approximately 8 hours
  • Wiki development: 20 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 50+ hours
  • Formative assessments will enable students to gauge their progress and level of understanding of the material presented.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment (60%) - Two part assessment: Wiki Entry (30%) and Wiki Critique (30%)
  • End of Semester MCQ Examination (40%).

On successful completion of this module I will

  • Have acquired knowledge of basic requirements of legislation and policy discussed.
  • Have sufficient knowledge to advise on compliance with the requirement of key legislation and policy.

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.