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CHEP8008 - Environmental Management

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Title:Environmental Management
Long Title:Environmental Management
Module Code:CHEP8008
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Chemical & Process Eng
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: MICHAEL J O MAHONY
Module Description: Key features of environmental management in Irish industry (manufacturing and service) will be addressed
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Engage in the environmental managment of an enterprise
LO2 Evaluate the environmental aspects of a business, process, service or product.
LO3 Describe and evaluate the application of major pieces of environmental legislation to a business
LO4 Plan the adoption of new environmental initiatives in an enterprise.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Legislation
legislation framework: international agreements; EU Directives and Regulations; Irish Acts, Regulations. Key areas: planning, environmental impact assessment, licensing, air pollution licences, air pollution licences, greenhouse gases, water management, waste management, packaging regulations. Chemicals regulation (REACH), interaction with safety legislation (major hazards), environmental liability, access to information.
Regulatory and voluntary approaches to policy measures
Operation of licensing under the Environmental Protection Agency. Emissions trading and greenhouse gases. Producer responsibility initiatives e.g packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment, end of life vehicles, etc. Voluntary obligations, e.g. Reponsible Care (TM).
Waste management
Definition and classification of waste, hazardous and non-hazardous. Waste management practices. Transport of waste.
Formal management systems: environmental; energy
Drivers for and benefits of environmental management systems. Elements of an environmental management system. Distinction between formal and certified systems. Requirements of ISO 14001. Planning: policy, goals, objectives and targets. Performance indicators and improvement programmes. Requirements for indicators, types. Company level: absolute, ratio, relative, eco-efficiency. Correspondence with sustainable development indicators Checking and management review. Critical factors for success. Application to energy management. Significance of communication, monitoring & targeting. Performance profiles as a benchmark.
Auditing
Types of audit: compliance assessment, opportunity assessment. Methodology for compliance assessment. Developing audit protocols. Example of assessing the adequacy of an environmental policy. Methodology for opportunity assessment in a manufacturing or service application. Ecomapping and input-output analysis. Data gathering and assessment. Pareto analysis. Root cause analysis. Sources of improvement suggestions. Classification of improvements. Integration of improvement programmes with formal management systems. Case studies and exercises. Communications: introductory meeting, close-out meeting, reporting.
Cleaner production & products
Hierarchies of prevention: process, product, system. Driving forces. Technical and organisational aspects of conducting a waste minimisation assessment of a process. Life cycle thinking. Examination of products. Reduction methodologies for processes, services and products. Methodologies to generate improvement options. Case studies. Exercises. Integration into formal management systems (environmental or quality). Application to selected sectors e.g. process: pharmachem; service: hospitality; product: electrical appliances.
Business & society
Corporate social responsibility. Communicating with the community and media. Business outreach. Developing environmental awareness. Voluntary environmental reporting, mandatory reporting and communication with regulators.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project. 1,2,3,4 60.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 40.0 End-of-Semester
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.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture, tutorial and discussion of course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Specified reading 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reflective study of the taughtmaterial and its application to the workplace 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reflective study of material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reflective study of material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reflective study of material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture, tutorial and discussion of course material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review of material, conduct of project 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reflective study of material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environment in focus 2006: Environmental indicators for Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency [ISBN: 1840952016]
  • Environmental Protection Agency 2003, Guidance note on energy efficiency auditing, Environmental Protection Agency Wexford [ISBN: 1840951230]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Danish Environmental Protection Agency 2003, An introduction to life-cycle thinking and management, Danish Environmental Protection Agency
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECPEN_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 8 Elective
CR_ECHBI_9 Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering 2 Elective
CR_CCOPM_9 Master of Science in Construction Project Management 2 Elective
CR_CCNPM_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Construction Project Management 2 Elective

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