ENVR07035 2019 Drinking Water Technology

General Details

Full Title
Drinking Water Technology
Transcript Title
Drinking Water Technology
Code
ENVR07035
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
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, Declan Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management
Description

This module outlines the relationship between drinking water quality and public health and presents the main physical, chemical and biological parameters of concern in water supply sources and in drinking water as set out in current legislation. 

The module presents the basic principles of water treatment, the various treatment stages of a modern water treatment plant, and the monitoring/management of water sources, treatment systems and distribution systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Explain the multiple barrier approach to water treatment and protection of public health

2.

Identify the main physical, chemical and biological parameters of concern relating to drinking water and the requirements of international and national guidelines and legislation

3.

Explain the purpose and describe the operating principles of the various stages of water treatment and the monitoring and management systems required to ensure optimum efficiency and effectiveness of the individual processes and the overall water treatment process, including the distribution system

4.

Explain how to carry out an audit/ risk assessment of a water catchment or a water treatment and distribution system and develop appropriate management responses

5.

Interpret monitoring data and devise appropriate management responses

6.

Identify best international practice in relation to water conservation and devise appropriate water conservation measures for a range of sectors

7.

Apply critical thinking and be able to work with limited and/or contradictory data

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). The online delivery may be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Participants expected to be able to apply the theory to address practical issues in relation to the management of water resources. An important aspect of the course therefore will be site visit(s) to water treatment plants/field trips where participants will get an opportunity to work as part of a group in addressing a specific issue.

The module includes three individual Continuous Assessment Assignments based on site visits/field trips to water treatment facilities/sources, group work at workshops and self directed learning.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment, assessment or examination that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

Indicative Syllabus

Relationship between drinking water quality and public health - multiple barrier approach to water treatment.

Physical, chemical and biological parameters of concern in water supply sources and in drinking water.

World Health Organisation guidelines and European and National legislation relating to protection of water supply sources and drinking water including group water schemes.

Review of Irish EPA reports on the quality of water and drinking water and the overall management of water resources and drinking water in Ireland.

Identification of best international practice in relation to water conservation measures for a range of sectors.

Protection of water supply sources - wells, springs, lakes and rivers for use as sources of drinking water.

Operating principles of the various stages of water treatment

Optimization, monitoring and management of individual processes and the overall water treatment process, including the distribution system.

Risk assessment of a water catchment or a water treatment and distribution system and the various management responses to reduce risk.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Site visits, group work and self directed learning Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Multiple Choice Questions Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Case Study Address particular issues assigned by the Tutor following a Site visit/field tri and submit a written report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 3 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
4 Written Report Report on an assigned topic (with data set) relating to the management of the source of supply, the treatment and/or distribution of the water and/or water conservation measures Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 8 1,2,5,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Year 1,2,3,4,6
             
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online On-line lectures, assignments and directed reading 4.33 Weekly 4.33
Workshop Not Specified Site visit to water source/treatment facility 5 UNKNOWN 5.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Researching, reading and reflecting 40 UNKNOWN 40.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 9.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013 Basic Water Treatment Inst of Civil Engineers Pub
ISBN 0727758160 ISBN-13 9780727758163

Basic Water Treatment is an essential reference on all aspects of water quality and treatment principles and processes. This accessible introduction and practical guide to water treatment focuses on the issues of most interest to practising engineers, summarising the key issues and criteria in short and accessible sections, with additional theory to explain and support the treatment processes considered. Basic Water Treatment is an essential resource for water engineers at all levels a textbook for students, a handbook for young engineers or chemists, and an indispensable guide full of practical information for the established practitioner. Fully revised and extensively updated by two of the world s leading experts in the field, taking into account current UK, EU, and USA water-quality standards and treatment technologies. This fifth edition of a best-selling text provides comprehensive contemporary practical guidance and remains the definitive reference for all those involved in water-treatment systems."

Recommended Reading
2017-11-10 Water Technology CRC Press
ISBN 1138475254 ISBN-13 9781138475250

Water has become one of the most important issues of our time. Career prospects for those working in water and wastewater engineering are expanding, with over 90,000 workers in the water environment industry, and technological developments are rapidly advancing our understanding in this area. This accessible student textbook introduces the reader to the key concepts of water technology by explaining the fundamentals of hydrobiology, aquatic ecosystems, water treatment and supply and wastewater treatment. The Water Framework Directive is the driving force in European water management and protection, and Nick Gray uses this as the unifying theme in this new edition. This text provides a complete introduction to all aspects of managing the hydrological cycle and is ideal for those interested in a career in the water industry. For Masters students in environmental science, engineering and construction courses and those taking the CIWEM diploma, Water Technology is an essential resource they will find useful in their professional careers.

Recommended Reading
2011 Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality - 4th Edition International Water Assn
ISBN 1780400306 ISBN-13 9781780400303

This fourth edition of the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

 

Journal Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

URL Resources

Links and a URL list will be provided to the learner via the module Moodle page.  This will ensure that updates and changes to web content will be maintained.

Other Resources

Independent travel to site and workshop - location will vary and depends on location of participants (one site visit and workshop for the module).  Current up to date web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer).  Module will have a dedicated Moodle page listing additional reports, internet links and information repositories.

Additional Information

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.