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182.637.81 Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment

Environmental Health and Engineering
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Discusses noise-related topics such as physics of noise propagation and control, noise measurement, hearing anatomy and physiology, and noise-induced hearing loss; and covers ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, lasers, and heat stress.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of an acceptable hearing conservation program
  2. Define the mechanisms by which noise induces hearing loss
  3. Calculate noise exposure metrics and compare them to acceptable exposure criteria
  4. Operate a sound level meters noise dosimeters
  5. Define hazard classification system for laser safety programs
  6. Assess the acceptability of exposures to radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation
  7. Describe basic radiation health concepts and methods for detecting ionizing radiation
  8. Assess occupational heat stress risk
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on exams and quizzes.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required