Short Title:Energy & Environmental Regs
Full Title:Energy & Environmental Regs
Module Code:ENVR H2004
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JAMES WRIGHT
Module Author:ROBERT O CONNOR
Module Description:This module aims to familiarise the student with relevant Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations. The module covers the theory associated with these regulations and then through detailed examination of major industrial accidents, applies this theory to real life incidents.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the Health and Safety Welfare Act and the Machinery Directive as they relate to industry.
LO2 Describe the legislative instruments for environmental management and compliance in manufacturing industry.
LO3 Identify hazards as per the international standards and conduct a risk assessment of a product or process.
LO4 Refer in detail to relevant case studies of major environmental and health and safety incidents.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The Health and Safety Welfare Act and the Machinery Directive as they relate to industry
The definition of a Hazard as per international standard, Hazard identification and Risk assessment. Risks associated with fire. The different types and application of personal protective equipment. The application of the Hierarchy of Safety Management to address risks. The Machinery Directive and the steps necessary to achieve a CE mark. Basic function analysis and reliability block diagram modelling of safety systems.
30.00%
Legislative instruments for environmental management and compliance in manufacturing industry.
Environmental impact assessments (EIA) and Environmental impact statements (EIS ). Integrated pollution control licences (IPC)
20.00%
Relevant case studies of major incidents:
Each case study will require detailed examination of the incident referring to the theory covered in class. The case studies will include: The Piper Alpha oil rig disaster 1986. The Buncefield oil storage facility explosion 2005. The BP Texas Oil refinery disaster 2005. The Deep Water Horizon Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico. The Chernobyl reactor disaster. Shale gas "fracking" case study, EU case study. The NASA space shuttle disasters. The Bhopal Disaster.
50.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Completion of a Risk assessment of a product or process. 3 10.00 Week 2
Continuous Assessment Each student will complete a synopsis of an actual Integrated Pollution Control licence application. 2 10.00 Week 6
Continuous Assessment Group assignment: Mind mapping of details of case study. 4 10.00 Week 9
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 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

IT Tallaght 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 Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Case Study session 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Outside of class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Government White Paper 2007, Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland The Energy Policy Framework 2007 – 2020, Government Ireland
Recommended Book Resources
  • David Elliott (Editor) 2010, Sustainable Energy: Opportunities and Limitations, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan UK [ISBN: 9780230241749]
  • Joseph Szarka, 2007, Wind Power in Europe: Negotiating Political and Social Acceptance, Palgrave Macmillan, [ISBN: 9781403989857]
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • n/a
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • European Commission 2006, European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy
Other Resources
  • Website: 2009HSA Website, Government publications
  • Website: 2009n/a, Environmental Protection Agency
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 4 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering 4 Mandatory