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Air and Noise Pollution

 Subject description



This subject introduces students to the theory, knowledge and skills that are required to successfully undertake air and noise pollution investigations that may be required as part of their professional engineering practice. Students learn about the key role that engineering plays in understanding the sources and impacts of air and noise pollution, and implementing methods of control. The subject objectives are met by enabling students to master underpinning theory, develop problem-solving and communication skills, undertake research work independently and in a team, and complete laboratory investigations. The subject is delivered in two modules with the first component focusing on air pollution and the second on noise pollution.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1.  Apply the theory of air and noise pollution to practical engineering situations.

2.  Use engineering instrumentation and software to undertake laboratory investigations in both air and noise pollution that are representative of typical industry practices.

3.  Explain global air pollution problems such as climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.

4.  Communicate professionally in both oral and written formats, both individually and in a team environment.

5.  Perform problem-based research activities both individually and as part of a te

6.  Exercise academic integrity with respect to paraphrasing, appropriate citation, acknowledgement and honesty in engineering writing.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)



faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies (B.1)

Demonstrate research skills (B.6)

Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and

operation (C.1)

Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.


Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice (F.2)

Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications) (F.4)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies

Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering Practice should note that this subject contributes to the assurance of Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies: 1.3, 2.1, 2.2.

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will learn in this subject through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and independent learning activities. This course is delivered in intensive Block Mode and is taught over 4.5 days, consisting of 3 full days and 3 half days.

Independent learning activities: Preparatory study before attending each block session is essential. Students should aim to spend 2 hours studying subject materials for each hour spent in the classroom. The indepe provided within UTSOnline for stundent reading and learning resource material will bedents to complete in advance of their attendance at a block session. Based on their independent study of subject materials, students bring knowledge to class that can be shared and critiqued and also used as a basis for problem solving activities. Written feedback will be provided for both formative and summative assessment tasks.

Laboratories: Successful deployment of appropriate monitoring instrumentation and use of modelling software is essential for successfully undertaking air and noise pollution investigations in professional engineering practice. To develop these skills, students undertake two laboratory practical sessions (one each for both the air and noise pollution components of this course) as well as a three hour laboratory in contaminant dispersion modelling. These activities gives students practical experience with relevant technologies used in air and noise pollution assessments. After completing the three laboratory sessions, students prepare an individual report (on the topic of their choice) outlining the aims of the investigation, the experimental and mathematical tools they used they to meet the specified objectives, as well as presenting and discussing their results along with any limitations of their approach.

Lectures: Comprehensive lecture materials will be made available to students in advance of each block session so they can be studied and reviewed outside of formal class hours. A primary means of knowledge transfer in this subject will be through in-class problem solving sessions. As such, class time will extend and apply (and not duplicate) the learning outcomes that students have obtained based on their self-study of lecture materials.

Tutorials: A significant fraction of class time within each block session will be devoted to whole-of-class and group based problem solving activities. After completing tutorials, students will not only obtain a strong understanding of the relevant theory that underpins air and noise pollution, but will be able to apply these principles in practical engineering situations. Tutorial sessions will also equip students with the skills they need to undertake problem-based research work both independently and as part of a team and to communicate their results in written and oral formats. Students will receive feedback on their progress with the group report and presentation whilst working in their groups during tutorial sessions.

The actual content delivered in this subject may vary in any particular teaching session based on the professional experience and prior learning obtained by students.


Assesement task 1: Group Project Proposal

Intent:  This assessment task gives students the opportunity to draft a group project proposal on a topic of their choosing in air and noise pollution. The purpose of the proposal is for groups to successfully identify a topic that can be researched for Assessment Task 3. The topic chosen by groups will be relevant to professional practice in contemporary air and noise pollution. The feedback provided from this assessment task is intended to be used as a guide for groups to successfully undertake their projects (See Assessment Task 3).

Type:                Report

Groupwork: Group, group assessed

Weight:            Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Task:   Groups write a proposal for their intended project covering the following points:

 Background information (including references from the literature) indicating why their research topic is of interest.

 Groups should submit a Literature Searching Canvas that outlines their information search strategy for their research topic.

 Groups should indicate what aspects of their research topic will be addressed by their report (e.g.using a table of contents).

  Groups should submit a statement indicating how their project is achievable in the given time frame. This will include a statement on what strategies will be used to manage group dynamics and to ensure a successful project outcome.

Length:            750 words.

Due:                  5.00pm Thursday 5 April 2018

The Turnitin submission details will be posted to UTSOnline.

Assessment task 2: Air and Noise Pollution Laboratory Investigation

Intent:   In this assessment task, students write a laboratory report on either an air or noise pollution laboratory investigation. This assessment is intended to mirror the approach that a consultant would undertake for a client; such as performing an experimental or computational investigation, followed by expert reporting on the methods used, the results found and conclusions drawn.

Objective(s): This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.6, C.1 and E.1

Type:                 Report

Groupwork:  Individual

Weight:             30%


Task:   Students are given choice (based on their interests) regarding whether they would prefer to write a laboratory report based on the Noise Pollution Laboratory class session in Block 2 (3rd or 10th April; the Environmental Noise Survey Report) or the Air Pollution Modelling Laboratory class session in Block 5 (1st or 8th May; Contaminant Dispersion Modelling Report). Students write a technical report covering the aims of the investigation, the methods used, results found and conclusions drawn.


Length:             1500 words.

Due:                   24th April 5 PM for the Environmental Noise Survey Report 22nd May 5 PM for the Contaminant Dispersion Modelling Report The Turnitin submission details will be posted to UTSOnline.

Assessment task 3: Group project on air and noise pollution

Intent:                In this assessment task, students undertake a group project in air and/or noise pollution to develop their research skills in their chosen topic areas. This assessment task is intended to mirror the approach that a consulting team would take in researching an engineering problem for a client. A group project report (task 3a), presentation (task 3b) and peer assessment activity (task 3c) are required for this assessment.

Objective(s): This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.6, C.1, E.1, F.2 and F.4

Type:                 Report

Groupwork:  Group, group and individually assessed

Weight:             30%

Task:    Task 3a. (15%) Students deliver a technical report based on the topic chosen for their group project. In the assessment task, students write about the aims of their investigation, review literature on their topic, report results and crtically discuss their findings.

 Task 3b. (5%) As a group, students deliver a poster presentation to their peers.

Task 3c. (10%) Students self-evaluate their performance during the group project and

also assess their team members using SparkPlus at two stages throughout the project

i.e. mid-project review and end of project review. More detailed instructions regarding

the group project will be posted on UTSOnline.





Due:    The group project report (task 3a) is due at 9 AM on the 4th June durin

             Block 6. Group presentations (task 3b) will be assessed during Block 6. The mid-project peer assessment task (task 3c; to be completed in SparkPlus) is due on Monday 1st May 5 PM and the end of project review is due one week after the completion of Block 6 (11th June 5 PM). The Turnitin submission details will be posted to UTSOnline.

Assessment task 4: Final Exam

Intent:    By completing a final exam, students demonstrate their ability to:

 explain concepts relevant to air and noise pollution engineering

 apply their knowledge of air and noise pollution to engineering problems

 communicate technical engineering concepts in a clear and concise manner.


Objective(s): This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 3, 4 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

C.1, E.1, F.2 and F.4

Type:                  Examination

Groupwork:     Individual

Weight:              40%

Task:    The final exam is of 2 hours duration (plus 10 minutes perusal) and is restricted open book.

The exam will comprise of 50% subject content from air pollution lectures and 50% noise pollution.

There will be five questions worth 10 marks each both both air and noise pollution components. Two of the five questions will be short answer and the otehr three will involve calculations.

Due:     The final exam will be scheduled in the final assessment period.

Further:  The actual examination in any particular session will vary in content and may vary in format.


students are allowed to bring 4 A4 (4 single sided or 2 doubled sided) pages of hand written notes into the exam. These can include formulae and relevant course notes.

Use of plagiarism detection software

It is a requirement of this subject that all written assessment tasks are uploaded to Turnitin. Instructions for submitting written assessment with Turnitin will be posted on UTS Online. All assignments will be uploaded on or before their respective due date. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a late penalty being applied.

Assessment feedback

Students will be provided with marking criteria for all assessments at the time assessment items are distributed.

Written feedback wil be provided for all tasks and students are encouraged to view this feedback.

Required texts

There is no required text for this subject.


Air Pollution Component

De Nevers N. Air Pollution Control Engineering, McGraw-Hill (ISBN 0-07-0393667-2).

De Visscher A. Air Dispersion Modelling, Wiley (ISBN 978-1-118-07859-4).

Flannery T. The Weather Makers, Text Publishing Melbourne Australia, 2005 (ISBN 1 920885 84 6) (available from Broadway Coop Bookshop).

Selnfeld JH and Pandis SN. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Wiley (ISBN 978-0-471-72018-8).

Noise Pollution Component

Bies DA and Hansen CH, Engineering Noise Control, E&FN Spon (ISBN 0-419-20430-X).

Eager D. Dictionary of Acoustic and Noise Pollution, McGraw-Hill, 2010 [ISBN 978 0 3903 2556 3] (available from Broadway Coop Bookshop).

Other references to be advised during block sessions.

Other resources

This subject will make use of UTSOnline (

http://online.uts.edu.au/webapps/login/) as a means of communication between teaching staff and students. You should be registered automatically if you have enrolled correctly. If you do not want to receive emails at your default UTS email account then you should forward emails to your preferred email address.

Students need to familiarise themselves with UTSOnline. Announcements will be made using this facility. Students are expected to regularly check the announcements page for information.

Graduate attribute development

For a full list of the faculty's graduate attributes and EA Stage 1 competencies, refer to the FEIT

Graduate Attributes webpage.


 Assessment: faculty procedures and advice


When, due to extenuating circumstances, you are unable to submit or present an assessment task on time, please contact your subject coordinator before the assessment task is due to discuss an extension. Extensions may be granted up to a maximum of 5 days (120 hours). In all cases you should have extensions confirmed in writing.

Special Consideration

If you believe your performance in an assessment item or exam has been adversely affected by circumstances beyond your control, such as a serious illness, loss or bereavement, hardship, trauma, or exceptional employment demands, you may be eligible to apply for

Special Consideration.



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