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PE2803: Environmental Engineering and Safety

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 6, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures (blended learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr John Fitzpatrick, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering.
Lecturer(s): Dr John Fitzpatrick, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering; Mr Dermot O'Sullivan, Department of Process and Chemical Engineering; Staff, School of Engineering, Guest Lecturers.
Module Objective: To develop an appreciation of environmental engineering and process industry safety.
Module Content: Environmental Engineering; Pollution and environmental impacts, legislation; Treatment & disposal of wastes: liquid and solid wastes treatment; landfill, incineration and other thermal treatments. Waste minimisation. Sustainability. Engineering safety; plant layout, plant operation, containment, pressure system design, reactor stability, emergency venting, formation and dispersal of vapour clouds, fire, explosion, toxic release.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify relevant environmental issues and hazards and suggest approaches for dealing with process wastes.
  • Apply concepts of sustainability to reducing the impact of processing on the environment.
  • Explain the importance of good plant safety principles.
  • Categorise the requirements to initiate a fire.
  • Outline the effects of fires and toxic releases on people.
  • Carry out a simple HAZOP exercise.
  • Quantify the pressure relief requirement of process vessels.
  • Model, in an elementary fashion, vapour releases.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (2 x 2,500-3,000 word essays, projects, assignments or equivalent, 15 marks each).
Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% and at least 30% in both the written examination and the continuous assessment.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (open book written examination) to be taken in Winter 2021.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) (open book written examination) to be taken in Autumn 2022. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (unless a grade of less than 30% has been achieved in which case the student will be invited to resubmit their continuous assessment in the autumn).

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