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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Introduction to Indoor Air Quality

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

Overview

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.

Syllabus

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Taught by

Christopher Chao and Edwin Tso

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 89 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 579 ratings

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  • Saif Ullah
    It is a very informative course. I highly recommend this course for all and especially for the HVAC and building facilities management related people.
  • Anonymous
    Enjoy the course thoroughly and well presented by 2 lecturers. Keep up the good work.

    I was attracted to this course as I want to find out more about Sick Building Syndrome, and it gave me more than what I needed. It opened my eyes to newer knowledge that I am sure would help me in my future work, or in my own personal home setting. I would encourage people to take this course.

    The 2 lecturers did a good job presenting key concepts.

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  • Anonymous
    The lecture video is short and very easy to understand. No need to study in this field. If any of you want to know more about Indoor Air. This course is for you. You will know more about many concepts and many details. It can help you improve your home environment too. Recommended!
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  • Anonymous
    The presentation of this course is clear and easy to understand. The sound is clearly not too fast and not too slow. The related reading presented is also in accordance with the course.
  • Anonymous
    Lots of good material, but a lot of the links are out dated and invalid. Needs updating, but the course delivery and topics were very relevant
  • Anonymous
    Gret course for beginners and those who want a bit more knowledge about Indoor Air Quality and its effects on our health and well-being.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very useful and the Powerpoints provided a great summary for each section but a lot of the links are out dated and invalid.
  • Joe Adabouk Amooli
    This course was really good. I learnt many things in this course that will help me in my future career as atmospheric scientist.
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    Amin Kooklan
    As I am a Fluid Mechanic engineer and HVAC designer, This course was a fantastic course related to my job and skills.
  • Anonymous
    Useful course I recommend anyone participant in air quality field to take it
    Thank you for your efforts
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was informative and useful. The professors did a great job at making us fully understand the concept of IAQ. This is a perfect course for somebody trying to learn something different from the usual stuffs we learn. Also we all might have a small knowledge in the course from our early schooling , thus making the course much more easy. Also this is a real life issue we are learning about which helps us in maintaing a proper IAQ at your home ,thereby protecting the people you care about.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is very helpful for Facility Management professional for implementing the Air quality knowledge.
    During learning process I got huge amount of knowledge regarding our day today usage process which we usually ignore.

    Moreover this course is very nice & helpful to me.
  • Anonymous
    Great course . The course was informative and useful. The professors did a great job at making us fully understand the concept of IAQ. This is a perfect course for somebody trying to learn something different from the usual stuffs we learn. Also we all might have a small knowledge in the course from our early schooling , thus making the course much more easy. Also this is a real life issue we are learning about which helps us in maintaing a proper IAQ at your home ,thereby protecting the people you care about.
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    i have learned a lot as a student regarding the Indoor air quality course from coursera and i believe this knowledge will help me also during the undertaking of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning course as well
  • Kishan Sanganal

    Kishan Sanganal completed this course.

    Very good and useful to understand the experience and understand the lesson told by professor the pronunciation was good slow and helpful to understand and learn to study the subject very fast the question in quiz were very easy after to answer
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It turned out to be a very interesting course that helped me to reinforce my knowledge regarding air quality, since in this detail every aspect related to the subject under study is very well detailed.

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