ENEV20001 - Air Quality Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will give a straightforward and modern introduction to air pollution, air pollution meteorology and air quality management from an Australian viewpoint. The emphasis will be on practical applications rather than underlying theory. Within this unit, you will learn about the nature of air pollution, its behaviour and meteorological determinants, how to measure and identify pollutants and their source, as well as the methods of controlling the level and type of emissions (point and area source). You will also learn about the legislative and occupational health and safety issues as well as the principles of conducting effective air quality audits.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Examination 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students indicated that overall they were satisfied with the unit, the following aspects were highlighted 1. Delivery of content 2. Approachability of staff and their consistent reliable response to queries 3. Delivery and organisation of residential school 4. Quality and design of assessment pieces Have your say survey via Moodle Continue best practice.
Students suggested the inclusion of 1. Additional information on the ecological affects of air quality . 2. The potential inclusion of more interactive discussion during the residential school (with student presentations). Have your say survey via Moodle Optimisation of the course structure, residential school and assessments will continue with further consultation with industrial partners.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the nature of air pollution, the behaviour of plumes and relevant meteorological determinants influencing the dispersion of pollutants
  2. Explain the current legislative framework affecting air quality management
  3. Describe the nature of pollutants, and methods of identification of pollutant sources
  4. Apply suitable methods available for control of emissions from point sources
  5. Explain the nature of emissions from a range of area sources, and the relevant control measures
  6. Document the key risks to occupational health and safety posed by gaseous and particulate emissions in the workplace, and describe the most important methods available for protecting the health of staff
  7. Apply the principles of conducting effective air quality audits

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research          
5. Self-management            
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility        
7. Leadership            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Air Quality
Author/s: Thad Godish, Wayne T. Davis and Joshua S. Fu Year: 2014
Edition: Fifth Publisher: CRC Press
City: Boca Raton State: Florida
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAoife Power (a.power@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Air Quality Issues - An Overview

Preface

Welcome

Topics 1 & 2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Pollutant Characterisation and Sources

Topics 3 - 5

Week 3 20-03-2017

Meteorology and Atmospheric Turbulence

Topics 6 -9

Week 4 27-03-2017

Plume Behaviour and Dispersion Modelling

Topics 10 -18

Week 5 03-04-2017 Emission Control: Point Sources (1st half) Topics 19 - 22
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Emission Control: Point Sources (2nd half)

Topics 23 - 25

Assessment Task 1: Assignment Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Emission Control: Area Sources

Topic 26

Week 8 01-05-2017

Occupational Health and Safety Issues (1st half)

Topics 27 - 29

Week 9 08-05-2017

Occupational Health and Safety Issues (2nd half)

Topics 30 & 31

Week 10 15-05-2017

Measurement and Sampling (1st half)

Topics 32 - 34

Week 11 22-05-2017

Measurement and Sampling (2nd half)

Topics 35 - 37

Assessment Task 2: Mini Project Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017 Review
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Examination (please refer to the University examinations timetable for the specific date and time)

Compulsory Residential School

CQ University Gladstone Marina Campus

20th - 21st September 2017

All Students

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task 1: Assignment
Task Description

This assessment task requires research outside of the Study Guide and the textbook. It consists of four parts:

  • Part 1 involves familiarisation with the goals of the national environmental protection measures relating to ambient air quality and toxic air pollutants and preparing a concise summary of the characteristics and some known ecological/human health impacts of the regulated air pollutants.
  • Part 2 involves inspecting the database available in the National Pollutant Inventory for a specific location of interest and providing a brief assessment of the available information.
  • Part 3 seeks to introduce students to air quality journals and requires a brief critique of a paper of interest.
  • Part 4 concerns a brief evaluation of management strategies in industry intensive regions such as Gladstone

The full details are given in the course Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Via Moodle site with online feedback
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

General assessment criteria

  • Clear organisation and conciseness particularly in presentation of any data (10%)
  • Use of supporting data or evidence (30%)
  • Sound discussion based on knowledge and understanding of scientific principles with data presented (50%)
  • Evidence of use of reliable sources of information, with proper citation of any sources used (10%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

File types accepted: types doc or docx uploaded via moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the nature of air pollution, the behaviour of plumes and relevant meteorological determinants influencing the dispersion of pollutants

2. Explain the current legislative framework affecting air quality management

3. Describe the nature of pollutants, and methods of identification of pollutant sources

4. Apply suitable methods available for control of emissions from point sources

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Task 2: Mini Project
Task Description

For this assessment task (mini-project) you are required to develop an air quality management plan to ensure your organisation (or any other one you may choose) will meet its obligation under its environmental licence and ensure that goals identified in the Queensland Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008 (or the equivalent legislation when operating in another state/territory of Australia) and the National Environment Protection Measures (for Air Toxins and Ambient Air Quality) are not compromised by air emissions from your site.

You should aim to produce a concise report (5 - 8 pages) with technical details, as necessary, in appendices. The report should be suitable for presentation to a management meeting where it could be used to cover the main points orally in 10 minutes, but your report may be referred to for additional material. The report should be fully referenced and you are required to provide copies of any materials, which are cited that are not readily available.

Full details of the requirements for this assessment task are given in the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Via Moodle with online feedback
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Description of organisational obligations and assessment of achievement (15%)
  • Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of concepts as shown by the method of analysis including evidence or research beyond own experience and course material (40%)
  • Supporting analysis including technical detail, clarity of expression, orderly and logical presentation (30%)
  • Quality and style of technical presentation including accurate referencing of literature sources and appropriate use of figures and tables (15%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

File types: doc or docx.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the nature of air pollution, the behaviour of plumes and relevant meteorological determinants influencing the dispersion of pollutants

2. Explain the current legislative framework affecting air quality management

3. Describe the nature of pollutants, and methods of identification of pollutant sources

4. Apply suitable methods available for control of emissions from point sources

5. Explain the nature of emissions from a range of area sources, and the relevant control measures

6. Document the key risks to occupational health and safety posed by gaseous and particulate emissions in the workplace, and describe the most important methods available for protecting the health of staff

7. Apply the principles of conducting effective air quality audits

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 30%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the nature of air pollution, the behaviour of plumes and relevant meteorological determinants influencing the dispersion of pollutants

3. Describe the nature of pollutants, and methods of identification of pollutant sources

4. Apply suitable methods available for control of emissions from point sources

5. Explain the nature of emissions from a range of area sources, and the relevant control measures

6. Document the key risks to occupational health and safety posed by gaseous and particulate emissions in the workplace, and describe the most important methods available for protecting the health of staff

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills


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