Short Title:Environmental Management
Full Title:Environmental Management
Module Code:HTSC H4027
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ciarnad Ryan
Module Description:The module introduces the student to current environmental policy and leglisation, principles of water quality control, the planning process, waste water treatment and energy use in Ireland. Environmental management systems in particular the prevention of air pollution, waste management and health and safety in the workplace will be examined with discussion of national and global environmental and sustainability issues.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Be familiar with the causes of physical, biological and chemical degradation of soil.
  2. Evaluate issues relations on water quality, the major pollution sources and their imapcts on river basin districts and describe the methods applied in the measurement of water quality.
  3. Be familiar with the role of environmental legislation and government agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency and local authorities, with responsibility for the collection and analysis of environmental indicators and waste management.
  4. Describe the irish planning process and its role in environmental protection, the role of county development plans and the preparation of an environmental impact statement.
  5. Describe "green" business practices, using environmental indicators and life cycle product assessment in horticulture.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sustainable management in business
The value of greening your business, management systems from reative to proactive, life cycle product assesment in horticulture and using environmental indicators to reduce environmental impacts on biodiversity and habitats.
Air Pollution
The composition of the atmosphere. Types of pollutants: suspended pollutants, gaseous pollutants including Ozone, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide, and liquid pollutants. The nature and effects of greenhouse gases, and their suspected role in climate change. Sources of air pollution, both indoor and outdoor. Effect of the atmospheric conditions on dispersion or concentration of pollutants. The impact of air pollutants on human health and other living organisms. The role of urban plants in ameliorating air pollution.
Soil and Water Pollution
Soil composition, soil properties, sources of organic and inorganic soil pollutants. Remediation of polluted soils. Characteristics of surface and groundwater. Sources and types of water pollutants. Oxygen and nutrients and their impact on water environment. River basin management plans
Waste Management
The collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal of waste materials such as solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive substances. Explanation of the concepts of Waste Hierarchy; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Details of the different methods of disposal including landfill and incineration and methods of recycling, including composting of green waste. The collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal of waste materials such as solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive substances. Explanation of the concepts of Waste Hierarchy; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Details of the different methods of disposal including landfill and incineration and methods of recycling, including composting of green waste.
Environmental agencies
Agencies in Ireland, at national and local level, with responsibility for monitoring pollution and enforcing laws effecting the environment. European Union and international laws and agencies on Pollution and other forms of environmental degradation. International treaties on pollution.
Environmental Law and Planning
Legislation and planning regulation, applications, validation, obervations/objections, conditions and appeals. The role of An Bord Pleanala, county/regional development plans and using landscape character assessment. The EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, its implementation and preparing environmental impact statements.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay A case study into an historical failure of environmental regulation 1,2,3 10.00 Week 4
Presentation Presentation of a chosen aspect relating to high intensity agriculture/horticulture and its environmental impact. 3,5 10.00 Week 7
Project Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a described development on campus. 3 10.00 Week 10
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • prepared by Yvonne Scannell for Environmental Resources Limited 1982, The law and practice relating to pollution control in Ireland, Published by Graham & Trotman for the Commission of the European Communities London [ISBN: 0860103137]
  • Stephen Morse, Sustainability, Cambridge, UK ; Cambridge University Press, 2010. [ISBN: 0521543002]
  • Walter Filho (ed) 2015, Sustainable Water Use and Management: Examples of New Approaches and Perspectives (Green Energy and Technology), Springer [ISBN: 3319123939]
  • Trevor Letcher (Editor), Daniel Vallero (Editor), Waste: A Handbook for Management, Academic Press [ISBN: 0123814758]
  • John Glasson, Introduction To Environmental Impact Assessment, Routledge [ISBN: 0415664705]
  • Christopher Sheldon and Mark Yoxon., Environmental management systems, London; Earthscan [ISBN: 1844072576]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 8 Elective
BN_SHTSC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [Add on 60 ECTS credits] 2 Elective