CEG8405 : Air Pollution

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1.To introduce the fundamentals of air pollution with a background on historical perspective on air pollution and a commentary on current air quality policies and standards;
2.To discuss major pollutants, their sources and their effects (environmental, economic and health);
3.To introduce the methods to estimate air pollution emission from road transport and industrial sources;
4.To introduce the theory of dispersion of air pollution in the atmosphere. To discuss the major approaches for air pollution modelling;
5.To demonstrate the features and the use of most widely used commercial and freely available air quality models;
6.To introduce the issues of indoor air pollution and personal exposure to air pollution; and
7.To demonstrate the methods of estimating disease burden or health impacts of air pollution.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       History of air pollution
2.       Current policies, standards and objectives
3.       Sources of air pollution
4.       Effects of major air pollutants
5.       Monitoring of emissions and air pollutants in ambient air
6.       Modelling and control of emission from road transport
7.       Modelling and control of emission from industrial sources
8.       Chemistry and dispersion of air pollution in atmosphere
9.       Air pollution modelling approaches
10.       Commercial air quality models (ADMS, USEPA models)
11.       Indoor air pollution
12.       Personal exposure to air pollution

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Indiviual report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00PC based
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity42:008:00Group Learning activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study19:009:00Includes background reading and reading of lecture notes for a full understanding of the material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes will be achieved by introducing knowledge and theory in lectures and by exercising the relevant skills in practicals. Practicals will simultaneously review the taught content of the lectures and develop the key intellectual, practical or communication skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70Unseen written exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Individual report with a 1000 words limit. Circa 15 study hours are required to complete
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess the knowledge, numeracy and problem solving skills. The individual report will also assess computer and literature literacy, practical, time planning and communication skills.

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