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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

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 71 reviews

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  • 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
    The teaching was good, and they used simple English. very neat presentation . They have mentioned only the important key point in the ppt, which was easy to understand. this course will be very useful for environmental field. i thank coursera and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to provide use course.
  • Anonymous
    I really appreciate the organizer of this course, especially the professor who presented the course in such a better and easy way. I really learned many of the new stuff related to Indoor Air quality. This is the comprehensive course, whose helped me to develop my career.
  • Anonymous
    It helps me a lot to identify the sources in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Not only I could identify and understand the problem in the building but you could apply this IAQ content in other application such as automotive, and etc.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me a lot, especially in my chosen career. It helped me to understand air quality and how to apply proper ventilation. I enjoyed it!
  • 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
    Some of the links for the related readings are not accessible. Overall, the course is good and full of learnings
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Very suitable for those who want to get comprehensive information on the basics of IAQ.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

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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
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    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 is taking this course right now.

    This course is very useful and good.It gives us awareness about waste chemicals and how to avoid it.Reflective review on impact of IAQ on humans.


    Issues of concern include indoor chemistry, airborne infection, and the impact on performance.


    Societal trends have led to greater indoor pollutant exposure intensity.


    Responses to climate change, energy conservation and singular strategies have not been effective in alleviating the deterioration of indoor air quality.


    Holistic solutions include innovations, smart technologies and user engagement.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    thank you for this pretty nice course.
    I learned a lot of important information that I need on the topic of indoor air quality, And I will continue learning and go forward in it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    if u want to learn about indoor air quality this course complestes all related topics and gives good discription in details .the mcq nd all test keep student attentive
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good lessons for me. Good experience for future plan. Learn skill for my current job.I have enough opportunities to practice for the graded assignments and quizzes.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    very good. my suggestion to have some calculations in assignments. video appears a little robotic. presenter seems to read from teleporter.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Its a good short course which can be completed within weeks and can be added to your resume for future uses and also broadens your knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    the course was just Perfect and easy to follow as well as to complete, i really loved the course and found it really helpful.
    Thank yoh
  • Volker Molthan
    3

    Volker Molthan completed this course.

    Clear and concise course on the subject, very valuable for all those who work in the field of indoor air quality or want to know more. Clear and understandable presentations, very pronounced even though with Chinese accentuations, and the most correct subtitle transcripts of any Coursera course I have seen so far.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found the material presented in this course to be interesting as well as educational. I would recommend taking this course to anyone who is a facilities manager or who wants to learn more about IAQ.
  • 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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