230.054 Environmental Noise
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 1.5h, 2.0EC
TUWELQuinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • present the meaning of environmental noise,
  • explain sound and the generation, propagation and effects of traffic noise (road and rail),
  • analyse acoustic signals and calculate characterising parameters,
  • outline major regulations in the field of traffic noise,
  • describe noise protection measures, and
  • explain basics of the European prediction model for road and railway noise.

Subject of course

Definition, physical principles and mathematical description, noise measurement engineering, sound analysis, noise generation (with focus on road and rail traffic), basics of sound propagation and effects of noise, noise protection, essential policies, environmental noise directive and basics of the prediction model

Teaching methods

Online lecture and/or Powerpoint presentation with audio commentary with practice and calculation examples, expert interviews, practical exercise

Mode of examination


Additional information

The lecture will be held weekly from 16 March to 23 June 2023 (in german). Units from 27 April to 4 May and on 1 and on 15 June are planned as live events, all others units will be online available in TUWEL. The main examination date is expected to be at the end of June 2023.



Course dates

Thu11:00 - 13:0027.04.2023 - 29.06.2023EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu13:00 - 14:0027.04.2023EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Environmental Noise - Single appointments
Thu27.04.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu27.04.202313:00 - 14:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu04.05.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu11.05.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu25.05.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu01.06.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu15.06.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu22.06.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu29.06.202311:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm

Examination modalities

The performance test is based on a written examination (duration 60 min).

Up to a quarter of the total number of points can be obtained (for written examinations until May 2024) through a voluntary, practical exercise prior to the written examination. A positive examination result is mandatory for crediting of additional points.

In the voluntary exercise, various sound situations, including some caused by traffic, has to be recorded using a mobile phone or tablet (for example on the drive to TU Wien) and then analysed by applying the lecture content. The essential results of this analysis have to be summarised in a short report (approx. 3 - 5 pages) and submitted, including the calculations (e.g. MATLAB- or python-script, Excel file), up to 1 week before the examination.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed10:00 - 12:0010.05.2023EI 11 Geodäsie HS - GEO written28.04.2023 08:00 - 08.05.2023 23:59TISSPrüfung Umgebungslärm 10.05.2023 (Parallelbuchung)
Mon14:00 - 17:0026.06.2023EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written14.06.2023 08:00 - 24.06.2023 23:59TISSPrüfung Umgebungslärm 26.06.2023 (Parallelbuchung)

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 266 Environmental Engineering 4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

For the lecture no previous experience is required. For the voluntary exercise experience with the dealing with script-based analysing tools like MATLAB or python is advantageous. Thus, the completion of the course Introduction to Programming I for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Environmental Engineering (122.424) is recommended.