ENE3606 - The air environment - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Ms Victoria Lamb

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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 successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe the major types and causes of air pollution and the associated impacts to human health, ecosystems, aesthetic and infrastructure in the context of Australian legislation.
  2. Interpret various atmospheric stability conditions drawing from a description of atmospheric conditions and demonstrate how the conditions affect plume behaviour.
  3. Quantify the atmospheric dispersion of discharges from both point and areal sources of air pollution.
  4. Analyse different types of emission control technologies and discuss the theoretical basis of the control provided, relevant to common industrial air emission sources.
  5. Discern the concept of the advanced greenhouse effect and discuss major greenhouse gas emissions sources and sinks, both natural and anthropogenic.
  6. Determine greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use and analyse mitigation strategies.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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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