OSH40150 Introduction to Environmental Science and Health

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module will cover an introduction to the key subjetcs of environmental science and environmental health that are relevant to environmental management with reference to regulatory guidance this area. Information on Irish and European guidance in relation to environmental assessment will be included in this module. This module will discuss of the importance of understanding the inter relationships between environmental compartments (geotechnical, hydrological, atmospheric, ecological, societal), particularly regarding climate change and human health and environmental protection.

Student learning will take place through blended learning practices. E-Lectures will be delivered over an 8-week period (approximately 2 to 3 hours per week) through the online learning environment and will be supplemented by two half day workshops (conversation classes) at UCD. A moderated discussion board will be used to allow module participants to discuss the e-lecture content.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will:

1. Have acquired knowledge on a range of the principal subjects within environmental science and environmental health, the relationships between those subjects and the relevance of associated legislation.

2. Have sufficient knowledge to advise on appropriate environmental assessment strategies in relation to these subjects, in particular in relation to environmental infrastructure supporting optimal public health.

3. Be conversant in a range of global environmental issues.

4. Be familiar with best practice environmental assessment in relation to these areas, with emphasis on the relevance to national guidance and national legislation and regulation.

Indicative Module Content:

Environmental Epidemiology
Introductions to Water, Air and Geoscience
Climate Change and Resource Depletion
Environmental Health and Pollution
Socio-economic interactions and the environment

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Conversation Class


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Problem based learning
Online specified learning activities
Autonomous learning
Learning through assessment
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assignment 1 Week 4 n/a Graded No


Assignment: 2 mini essays Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Assignment 2 Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 20 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Name Role
Professor Anne Drummond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Penpatra Sripaiboonkij Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Pedro M. Arezes Subject Extern Examiner
Dr Julie Dickinson Subject Extern Examiner
Dr Thomas Roux Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20 Mon 14:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 24 Wed 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 30 Wed 10:00 - 12:50