Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Environmental acoustics

Overall Course Objectives

The course objective is to familiarize students with environmental noise issues by working with current and realistic noise problems from the internal and the external environment, including occupational issues. The aim is also to enable the participants to evaluate possible solutions and describe this in a poster to a (virtual) client/customer. At the end of the course, the students should be able to perform a noise investigation, operate noise-measurement equipment, justify the metrics used in a given situation, describe the results and relate them to environmental noise regulations and potential effects of noise on human health.

Learning Objectives

  • classify environmental noise sources
  • evaluate potential health effects of noise exposure depending on the nature and level of the sound source
  • analyze traffic, industrial, and workplace noise and quantify their degree of annoyance
  • describe noise limits for different areas
  • describe outdoor sound propagation and explain by which factors it is influenced
  • plan and perform a noise investigation
  • justify the metrics used as noise indicators for the chosen situation
  • relate the investigation results to noise regulations, perceived annoyance, and potential health effects
  • evaluate possible means for reduction of the noise
  • communicate the motivation, methods, results, and interpretation of the noise investigation

Course Content

Human hearing in relation to annoyance and risk of hearing damage due to noise exposure. Types of environmental noise sources. Noise exposure metrics. Acoustic regulation of workrooms. Outdoor sound propagation and noise screens. Noise from roads, railways and airports. Noise from industrial plants. Environmental requirements for noise and vibration. Sound insulation of windows and facades. Sound level measurements and noise analysis. On-site noise investigation.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Overview lectures, excursions, and project work
E-learning is used in the form of video streamed lectures.


If overbooked priority is given to DTU students.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34846
Course type Candidate

7.500,00 DKK