About this Course
Course Overview: https://youtu.be/LLVb4FOn4uU This course provides a basic knowledge of an emerging area – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in buildings. Learners will realize the importance of maintaining proper IAQ. Characteristics associated with indoor air contaminants (IAC) are demonstrated, such as • Particulate matters (PM2.5, PM10) • Radon • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) • Asbestos • Bio-aerosols, and more Safe exposure levels, resulting health effects, measurement techniques, mitigate and control measures of these IAC are discussed. Other important areas related to IAQ such as building ventilation systems, indoor flow characteristics, sick building syndrome, and thermal comfort are also covered in this course.
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Beginner Level

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-2.5 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Why do we care about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)? In the first module, basic concepts of IAQ are illustrated. Besides, Ventilation is effective in improving IAQ in general. We shall look into the ventilation concept, methodologies, and measurement techniques....
Reading
9 videos (Total 42 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.1 Introduction to Indoor Air Quality5m
1.2 Overview of Indoor Air Contaminants4m
1.3 Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illness4m
1.4 Effect of Carbon Dioxide in IAQ4m
1.5 Introduction to Ventilation2m
1.6 Ventilation Methodology (I)8m
1.7 Ventilation Methodology (II)6m
1.8 Ventilation Measurement3m
Reading4 readings
Assignment and Grading Criteria3m
Related Readings20m
Related Readings15m
Related Readings30m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 120m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Radon and Indoor Aerosol

In this module, two major Indoor Air Contaminants - Radon and Indoor Aerosol are discussed. Their properties, sources, health impacts, mitigation and control measures are explained. Besides, we will look into another effective method to improve IAQ - Use of Air Cleaners. Some industries, such as pharmaceutical and semiconductor manufacturing, require very high cleanliness indoor environments. We will look into how professionals build cleanrooms for these industries....
Reading
6 videos (Total 38 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Radon (II) - Health effects, measurement and control6m
2.3 Indoor Aerosol (I) - Particulate Matters (PM)4m
2.4 Indoor Aerosol (II) - Measuring Indoor Aerosol6m
2.5 Introduction to Clean Room8m
2.6 Air Cleaner7m
Reading4 readings
Related Readings20m
Related Readings20m
Related Readings of Cleanroom10m
Related Readings of Air Cleaner15m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 220m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

VOCs, Ozone and Combustion Related Pollutants

In this module, three other major Indoor Air Contaminants that can easily be found at home and office. - (1) Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), (2) Ozone and (3) Combustion related Air Contaminants (i.e., Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide) are introduced. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 46 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
3.2 Two common VOCs - Formaldehyde and Tetrachloroethylene5m
3.3 Measuring VOCs5m
3.4 Purification of VOCs3m
3.5 Semi VOCs4m
3.6 Ozone (I) - Introduction to Ozone5m
3.7 Ozone (II) - Health effects and its role in Air Cleaning5m
3.8 Carbon Monoxide4m
3.9 Nitrogen Dioxide6m
Reading4 readings
Related Readings of VOCs30m
Related Readings of SVOCs10m
Related Readings of Ozone10m
Related Readings20m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 320m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Bioaerosols and Asbestos

In the last module of course, we look into the two other major indoor air contaminants - Bioaerosols and Asbestos. Staying in a clean environment does not mean the environment is comfortable. "Thermal Comfort" is also an issue that we need to consider. We also look into "Thermal Comfort" in this module....
Reading
9 videos (Total 50 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
4.2 Sources of Bioaerosols3m
4.3 Health Effects of Bioaerosols7m
4.4 Measuring and Removing Bioaerosols6m
4.5 Asbestos10m
4.6 Thermal Comfort (I)3m
4.7 Thermal Comfort (II)6m
4.8 Local Thermal Discomfort3m
Summary2m
Reading4 readings
Related Readings15m
Related Readings10m
Related Readings10m
Reference: Indoor Air Quality Guide - Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning20m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz 420m
Final Exam45m
Post-course survey5m
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Top Reviews

By WFJan 2nd 2018

Excellent course. I learnt much during the programme. It was not very informative and provided a good introduction to indoor air quality

By PSFeb 12th 2018

This course is very well structured and the instructors have explained all the topics in a very comprehensive manner.

Instructors

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Christopher Chao

Chair Professor
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Edwin Tso

Research Assistant Professor

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