Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Victoria Lamb


Through lectures, practice classes, individual assignments and tests, students should develop knowledge of air pollution issues, assessment and control of pollutants from emission sources. The unit focusses on air pollution sources, emissions behaviour, pollutant pathways, receptor impacts and the associated national legislation and international treaties. The unit includes atmospheric stability conditions, pollutant transport models, air pollution control strategies and factors important in control equipment or schemes. The unit also encompasses climate change, greenhouse gas emissions sources and carbon accounting as well as national and international climate change mitigation strategies and adaptation approaches.


At the completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • relate historic air pollution events, air quality legislation and relevant international protocols
  • identify major sources and processes of air pollution, impacts on human health, ecosystems, infrastructure and aesthetics
  • apply source-pathway-receptor analysis for air pollution issues
  • explain the various atmospheric stability conditions and how they relate to different plume behaviour and dispersion of particulate and gaseous discharges
  • calculate the atmospheric dispersion of discharges from both point and areal sources of air pollution
  • evaluate processes and cleaner technologies available to reduce or eliminate the adverse consequences of gaseous discharges
  • describe the factors important in control equipment selection and control technologies available
  • describe climate change (enhanced greenhouse effect), greenhouse gas emission sources, sinks and estimation techniques, adaptation and mitigation strategies, international protocols, national legislation and carbon markets


Continuous assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week

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