Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8101 : Environmental Impact Legislation and Engineering in Process Safety

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yuen Ling Ng
  • Lecturer: Dr Kent Chin, Dr Chun Yang Yin
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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Course can be offered as CPD.

This module aims to provide fundamental knowledge and skills in the measurement, monitoring and mitigation of environmental emission, to design and implement abatement technologies in order to comply with environmental legislation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction and underpinning science of how pollution can affect the environment and human health
2.       Emission and Environmental Quality Standards and Regulation
3.       Planned release and unplanned release
4.       Environmental measurement and monitoring approaches
5.       Dispersion of pollution – length and timescales of pollutant transport and impact
6.       Dispersion modelling
7.       Air pollution abatement technologies including tall stack policy, scrubbers and flare design
8.       Water pollution abatement technologies including bunding, containment and emergency response to chemical and toxic release
9.       Land pollution abatement and remediation technologies including bunding containment and emergency response to chemical and toxic release
10.       Environmental impact assessment – EIA and land use planning

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Identify and explain how process emissions can lead to safety and health risks.
•       Describe and explain the requirements of environmental legislation in controlling the emissions level of chemicals and physical hazards.
•       Apply concepts and principles learnt to provide solutions to measure and monitor different types of emissions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Perform environmental impact assessment
•       Perform dispersion modelling
•       Apply principles and concepts learnt to provide design and engineering solutions for pollution abatement.
•       Synthesise pollution dispersion modelling
•       Analyse environmental impact based on pollution dispersion modelling and evaluate control abatement technologies to mitigate environmental pollution

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:307:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Closed-book exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture142:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0022:00Reading specified articles
Guided Independent StudySkills practice13:003:00Practice to use software
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00A1 case study coursework including background research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Introduction to modelling software
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0028:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00Review lecture notes, general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00Background reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NUS8203Environmental Impact Legislation and Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, class test, coursework, project and final examination in order to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online in order for self-study and preparation in their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M402,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving engineering problems. Coursework assignment provide students more time to think about larger problem and provide engineering solutions to it and present it in a written report.

A1 coursework of an EIA case study with a report submission comprising of 2000 words including abstract, background, methodology, results of EIA, conclusion and recommendation.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.