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.

2024S, VO, 1.5h, 2.0EC


  • 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

After a brief presentation of the lecture on 7 March, the lecture will be held weekly from 21 March to 20 June 2024 (in german). Units from 25 April to 2 May and on 13 and on 20 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 2024.



Course dates

Thu11:00 - 12:0007.03.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Environmental noise - Presentation of the course
Thu11:00 - 12:0021.03.2024 TUWEL (LIVE)Umgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu11:00 - 13:0011.04.2024 TUWEL (LIVE)Umgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu11:00 - 13:0018.04.2024 TUWEL (LIVE)Umgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu11:00 - 12:0025.04.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Environmental noise
Thu11:00 - 13:0002.05.2024 - 27.06.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu13:00 - 14:0002.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu11:00 - 13:0016.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu11:00 - 13:0023.05.2024 TUWEL (LIVE)Umgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu11:00 - 13:0006.06.2024 TUWEL (LIVE)Umgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Environmental Noise - Single appointments
Thu07.03.202411:00 - 12:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Environmental noise - Presentation of the course
Thu21.03.202411:00 - 12:00 TUWELUmgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu11.04.202411:00 - 13:00 TUWELUmgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu18.04.202411:00 - 13:00 TUWELUmgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu25.04.202411:00 - 12:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Environmental noise
Thu02.05.202411:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu02.05.202413:00 - 14:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu16.05.202411:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu23.05.202411:00 - 13:00 TUWELUmgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu06.06.202411:00 - 13:00 TUWELUmgebungslärm (Online-Video)
Thu13.06.202411:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu20.06.202411:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm
Thu27.06.202411:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Umgebungslärm (Reservetermin)

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
Fri13:00 - 15:0021.06.2024HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL written03.06.2024 08:00 - 18.06.2024 23:59TISSPrüfung Umgebungslärm 21.06.2024 (Parallelbuchung)

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 266 Environmental Engineering Mandatory4. 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.