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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Frances Lucy, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

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 specified anthropogenic activities on selected waterbody types..


Describe and differentiate between the impact of discharging specified pollutants to a waterbody.


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.I.s.


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


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

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

The assignments encourage the learner to research, analyse, evaluate and and report on aspects of water resource management. The on-line MCQs are both formative and summative and will assist the learner to assess his/her own learning and encourage timely study during the semester.

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

  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. Water treatment Plants and unit processes
  7. Wastewater treatment plants and unit processes
  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 2,3,4,6
2 Written Report Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site visits, lectures, practical 15 Once Per Semester 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-study 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified on-line/self study manuals 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Course Manuals

Gray, N.F. 2010. Water Technology (3rd edition).CRC Press London

Gray, N.F. 2017. Water Science Technology (4th edition).CRC Press London


Journal Resources


URL Resources







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)

Access to broadband

Access to regional exam centres or Remote Proctoring Service

Additional Information

There is one two-day workshop in this Module that participants are encouraged to attend.