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Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment

East Baltimore
2nd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • W F,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Daniel H. Anna
Daniel Anna

College chemistry and physics, or consent of instructor.


Addresses noise-related topics such as physics of noise propagation and control, noise measurement, hearing physiology, and noise-induced hearing loss. 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 sound level meters and noise dosimeters
  5. Define the 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