General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Frances Lucy, Margaret Savage, Ann-Marie Duddy
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201400 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection SG_SWATE_S09 201400 Level 9 Certificate in Science

This Module investigates the effects of anthropogenic activities on water resources and explores the various measures that are used to control water pollution problems (including the regulatory framework).  Treatment processes at water  and wastewater treatment plants are covered together with practical calculations for the design and operation of these plants.

Learning Outcomes

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


Communicate the environmental impact of specific actions and/or discharging specified pollutants/pathogens to a selected waterbody.


Describe and differentiate between the unit processes used within water and wastewater treatment plants and perform practical calculations relating to the design and operation of these systems


Demonstrate an applied knowledge and understanding of salient areas of legislation related to water and wastewater quality, including the major obligations/provisions of the main Irish environmental Acts and S.Is.


Describe and evaluate the usefulness of various water quality managment tools/measures used to protect water resources


Scrutinise the roles of stakeholders involved in water resources

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Breeze), 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 on-line lectures and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Hydrological cycle
  2. Characteristics of unpolluted/polluted water resources
  3. Sources and environmental impacts of a range of water pollutants
  4. Monitoring the quality of a range of freshwater resources
  5. Protecting freshwater resources
  6. Wastewater treatment processes (physical, chemical and biological)
  7. Sludge management.
  8. Legislation addressing water quality, discharge of effluents and pollution of a water body

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 Multiple Choice (4 MCQ sessions @2.5% each) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5
2 Short Answer Questions (Calculations) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 10 2
3 Written Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 12 1,3,4,5
4 Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 11 1,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online on-line lectures/manuals/assigned reading/summative and formative quizzes etc. 6.53 Weekly 6.53
Workshop Not Specified (site visits/lectures/groupwork) 18 UNKNOWN 18.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Researching, reading and reflecting 112 UNKNOWN 112.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 24.53 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Gray, N.F. 2010. Water Technology (3rd edition).Elsevier. Oxford

'Water Matters'  www.wfdireland.ie

Manuals associated with this module

Other Resources

Adobe Connect – Live Lecture Room Software

IT Sligo Learn On-line Moodle Webpage

Current up to date web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer)

Additional Information

There are two workshops in this Module that participants are encouraged to attend.