Environmental Protection and Sustainability

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Distance

The course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level.

Course content includes:

  • An introduction to the concepts of environment, health and sustainable development and how they relate to one another.
  • Development and implementation of pollution management policies and strategies by local government, central government and international agencies; National, European and international perspectives on pollution incidents and management.
  • Roles and functions of the various agencies involved in environmental protection and how they interact and collaborate.
  • Environmental protection by the development and use of strategic policies such as land use planning, transport, recycling and re-use of materials.
  • Environmental quality guidelines, standards and objectives for air, water and land.
  • The treatment of water and sewage and implications for the health and safety of water supplies and surface waters including bathing water.
  • Environmental and health impact assessment. Integrated pollution prevention and control and the best practical environmental option.
  • The origin and nature of the law of nuisance and the use of statutory nuisance as a remedy in environmental health practice.
  • Noise monitoring and abatement methods; the use of national and international standards and guidelines in assessing the impact of noise.
  • Air quality theory and management; challenges to improving air quality.
  • Environmental radiation associated with high-voltage power transmission, telephony and natural emissions such as radon.
  • Procedures for the determination and management of contaminated land.
  • Principles of sustainable development and their influence on waste management strategies.


Directed study totals approximately 30 hours and is delivered in the format of up to 12 online lectures (delivered with Adobe Presenter software or software of an equivalent nature), plus online seminars, formative assessments and other forms of interactive/collaborative activities utilising tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Blogs, Wikis, quizzes and discussion boards.

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