ENVR06088 2019 Environmental Quality Systems

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Quality Systems
Transcript Title
Environmental Quality Systems
Code
ENVR06088
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Frances Lucy, Lil Rudden, Ann-Marie Duddy
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science
Description

This module provides good laboratory practice skills and quality control systems required by an environmental scientist undertaking environmental sampling and analysis. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Follow documented scientific procedures and approved validation and quality assurance procedures to accurately gather, record, process and communicate scientific information

2.

Respond to problems and opportunities that are likely to be encountered by a technician, working in a structured and managed environment

3.

Choose and apply an appropiate analytical method that is "fit for purpose" for specified environmental samples.

4.

Demonstrate an ability to work competently, confidently and safely in a laboratory setting.

5.

Develop standard operating procedures for environmental sampling, sample storage and analysis.

6.

Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, nomenclature, and/or classification systems appropriate to quality control

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments). 

Module Assessment Strategies

Self-assessment tests and other forms of formative assessment are provided to students to check their own progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of the module and to motivate learning. Laboratory skills and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. 

Repeat Assessments

Provision will be made for repeat assessment of in-class tests and for written reports where first attempts are deemed to fail to cover the learning outcomes of the Module. 

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

1. Follow documented scientific procedures and approved validation and quality assurance procedures to accurately gather, record, process and communicate scientific information.

-Standard development and the function of standards development organisations, e.g. International Standards Organisation (ISO), European Standards (EN) and National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

2. Respond to problems and opportunities that are likely to be encountered by a technician, working in a structured and managed environment

-Laboratory Quality Management Systems and ISO/IEC 17025

-Sampling storage and preservation

-Preparation of chemical and microbiological reagents and standards

3. Choose and apply an appropriate analytical method that is "fit for purpose" for specified environmental samples.

-Use of APHA Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater for the quantification of an environmental pollutant 

 

4. Demonstrate an ability to work competently, confidently and safely in a laboratory setting.

-Risk assessment

-Safety Data Sheets

 

5. Develop standard operating procedures for environmental sampling, sample storage and analysis.

-Method development and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)

-ISO 5667 (Sampling programmes, collection of samples and chain-of-custody procedures)

 

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, nomenclature, and/or classification systems appropriate to quality control

-Quality of results, e.g. meeting objectives, accuracy, precision and reproducibility, limits of detection, etc

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Chemical Risk Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 3 1,2,3,4
2 Presentation (on development of specified SOP) Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 10 5
3 Interview Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 13 2,4,6
4 Written Report Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 7 1,3,4,6
5 Short Answer Questions Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % OnGoing 2,6

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Science Laboratory PBL 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

American Public Health Association (APHA) (2005)  Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.  (Eaton A.D., Clesceri L.S., Rice E.W., Greenberg A.E., Franson M.A.H. Eds.)  APHA, Washington, D.C.

NSAI (2005), Quality Management Systems - Fundamentals and Vocabulary, Dublin.

Peach, R.W. (2002),  The ISO9000 Handbook.  MCGrath-Hill, London.

 

Journal Resources

None

URL Resources

https://www.nsai.ie/

www.epa.ie

https://www.cen.eu/about/Pages/default.aspx

 

Other Resources

None

 

 

Additional Information

None