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Environmental Noise and Planning

This microcredential provides the essential knowledge and skills for specialisation in acoustic consultation. It provides foundational knowledge and skills for participants from both engineering and non-engineering backgrounds who are looking to develop a career with acoustic consultancy firms, in town planning and city development, as environmental officers, or in architecture.

About this microcredential

Environmental Noise and Planning introduces participants to the assessment, regulation and management of noise impacts. It focuses on introducing how a noise impact assessment is developed, including:

  • Determining which noise policy documents are applicable to a project
  • Understanding the assumptions that have been made and predictions calculated
  • Assessing the reasonableness and feasibility of any mitigation measures proposed
  • Setting practical noise objectives.

Acoustical fundamentals are presented conceptually, meaning a formal mathematical background is not required. Some tips and ‘rules-of-thumb’ are explained to help participants make robust judgements regarding noise impacts.

This microcredential is for non-acousticians, who need to be able to interpret a specialist noise impact assessment report as part of their work or study, as well as assess the impacts of environmental noise and vibration resulting from existing or proposed projects.   

Key benefits of this microcredential

  • Get the background you need to specialise in the growing field of acoustic consultation, or to apply in a role in urban planning and development
  • Cover acoustic theory, the regulatory environment, practical techniques and case studies in one self-contained course
  • Complete as a self-contained course, or as a potential pathway to future postgraduate study.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Environmental Noise and Planning (42824) in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (C11298), Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (C06136), Master of Professional Practice (C04404), Graduate Certificate in Technology (C11301), Graduate Diploma in Technology (C06137) and Master of Technology (C04406).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

Industry professionals in the following roles will benefit from this microcredential: 

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Town planners
  • Decision makers in local councils
  • Decision makers in urban workplaces, factories or facilities.

The microcredential is also designed for professionals exploring a future career as an acoustician and looking for CPD in the field. It is particularly relevant for:

  • Graduates in sound, architecture, planning or engineering studies
  • Members or aspiring members of professional bodies in planning and acoustics.


Full price: $2,395.00 (GST-free)*

Special introductory price: $1,800.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course has been designed to provide you with an applied introduction to the field of environmental noise and planning, and an orientation to the field of acoustic consulting. It has been designed by the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, leveraging the faculty's unique expertise and facilities in the field.

During the course, you will meet (both virtually and in person) and work with a dedicated course facilitator, who will support your learning and engagement with teaching resources prepared by the lead academic and team of experts.

The course is structured into four modules. The first three modules focus on self-study content, with online discussions scheduled with your peers and tutor. The final module includes a two-day, block mode, in-person session at the UTS Tech Lab. The modules are:

Module one:  Provides an overview of acoustic theory from the environmental noise and planning perspective, including definitions of relevant quantities. This module will provide participants with an understanding of noise and the peculiarities of human hearing and how this is related to technical measurements and the weighing of acoustic recordings.

Modules two and three:  Focus on the regulatory environment. Details are provided on legislation, appropriate regulatory authorities and regulation of noise.

The environmental impact assessment covering noise policies for industry, and assessment criteria, especially for construction noise, rail infrastructure noise, rail, vehicle brake and engine noise, vibration and blasting and aircraft noise, are also introduced.

Participants will be able to understand noise assessment as related to different application domains and legislation.

Module four:  Covers prediction and noise modelling and features a practical, face-to-face component. Experiments, workshops and case studies are held at the UTS collaborative research facility, TechLab. Participants will get to conduct noise measurements and explore how measurements are related to noise predictions and simulation.


Course delivery

This course is delivered as a blended learning experience.

Participants have access to self-paced, online learning materials, with online quizzes upon completion of each module. The part-time, self-paced learning is expected to take around seven hours per week, over a period of nine weeks.

The course features a two-day, intensive, in-person learning session at UTS Tech Lab, scheduled during the ninth and final week, featuring a variety of hands-on experiments, workshops and case studies, and individual and team presentations for the final assessment task.   

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret policy context and measurements in environmental noise and planning problems
  • Design noise impact assessments in local environments
  • Understand acoustic measurements and predictions in the context of environmental noise and planning.


There are two assessment tasks for this course:

Assessment task 1 - Demonstrate mastery of acoustic fundamental terminology and theory, the legal and regulatory context in NSW, issues in environmental noise planning and laboratory safety.

The assessment task comprises individual quizzes on acoustics, policy, noise and vibration case studies, laboratory safety and measurements. The quizzes include short answer questions on case studies and hypothetical cases that are available in the learning material and are open for peer and academic collaboration in the LMS discussion board, prior to completion of the quiz.

Length – 1,000 word equivalent

Weighting – 35% of final mark

Assessment task 2 – Demonstrate technical skills using standard measurement equipment and interpretation of data; develop noise management measures for assessment of residual risk.

In teams, participants will explore an environmental planning scenario using different tools including laboratory equipment, computers and role-play, taking the roles of the planner, the consultant and the project lead (noise source). The task will involve peer-review and interpretation of other participant’s project reports (particularly the noise impact assessment report and assessment) to understand the impacts of environmental noise and vibration. Participants are required to present recommendations for noise and vibration management following the practical/laboratory session.

Length – 2,000 words

Weighting – 65% of final mark



  • To complete this online course you will need a personal computer with reliable internet access, web conferencing capability and an operating system with a web browser compatible with the UTS Canvas LMS.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount UTS alumni and staff.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code

  • Please contact the team at with your student/staff number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

On-campus and onsite course logistics


  • Full catering will be provided during the Tech Lab sessions.  

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