WATR06008 2018 Law and Compliance

General Details

Full Title
Law and Compliance
Transcript Title
Law and Compliance
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Subject Area
WATR - Water Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mel Casserly, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SWATE_E06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Water SG_SWATE_E06 201800 Certificate in Science in Water and Wastewater Operations SG_SWATE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SWATE_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SWAST_E06 202100 Certificate in Wastewater Treatment Operations SG_SDRIN_E06 202100 Certificate in Science in Drinking Water Treatment Operations

This introduction to law and legislative approaches provides the basic framework in which participants can understand the application of environmental law within Ireland. The role of the European Union and the Irish legislature in the formation of national environmental legislation is examined as is the role and responsibilities of environmental enforcement agencies. The aim is to provide a sense of how the overall regulatory system operates and might affect an organisation, and how it can be used to protect the environment. The importance of environmental compliance is also explored. A contextual overview of existing Irish environmental legislation is provided with more detailed attention to more salient instruments.

Learning Outcomes

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


Give an overview the Irish and EU legislative system, sources of legislation and list and explain key terms and definitions associated with environmental regulation


Outline the environmental legal and regulatory framework and functions of the key bodies and identify the role(s) that the public can have


List the main pertinent Irish environmental statutes and outline the main provisions of each


Explain the practical implications of Irish environmental legislation on operations in an organisation


Communicate information regarding environmental regulation and compliance in a manner appropriate to an audience of peers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), and workshops augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

There will be three quizzes given during the semester at approximately 3-4 week intervals

There will be two other assignments.  The assignments will focus on the more practical implications of legislation.  For example preparation of a training document, examination and evaluation of one or more environmental licenses, the use of information/data to assess likelihood of compliance.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to law and legislative approaches

  • Irish and EU law and legislation and their relationship
  • Courts, liability
  • Enforcement tools and instruments
  • Enforcement Agencies and Bodies with responsibilities in environmental regulation
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Common provisions in legislation
  • The public and the environment

Overview of main legislation specific to Irish Water, addressing aspects such as:

  • EU origins where relevant
  • Overview of purpose of legislation
  • Irish regulators - Key roles/responsibilities
  • Overview of key provisions
  • other relevant aspects of each legislative area.

Legislative topics include:

  • Drinking water
  • WWTP – licences COR UWWTP regulations noise and odour
  • Surface water standards legislation
  • Waste responsibilities around facilities
  • Licence to discharge to sewer

Identification of other key legislative responsibilities  – waste, water pollution, protected areas.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Quiz Continuous Assessment Assessment 45 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 6 3,4,5
3 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 2,4,5

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On line classes 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 5 Weekly 5.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2 Twice Per Semester 0.27
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014 The Irish Legal System (6th ed.) Butterworth: Dublin imprint by Bloomsbury Professional

Recommended Reading
2011 Planning and Environmental Law in Ireland Bloomsbury Professional

Recommended Reading
2013 Local Authority Enforcement London: Bloomsbury Professional.

Recommended Reading
2014-10-24 Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System Bloomsbury Professional
ISBN 1780435002 ISBN-13 9781780435008

Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, 6th edition provides an excellent introduction to the legal system in Ireland and is essential for any student starting legal studies in Ireland. Beginning with an overview of the Irish Legal system and its history, it proceeds to discuss the profession and the law officers of the state including changes in the organisation of the profession in other common law states. It includes all the changes to the court systems and structure, Irish Constitution and EC Law since the last edition published in 2009. Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System is an invaluable introduction to the law and provides an accessible and comprehensive point of reference for practitioners and students alike and is an essential text for students of Irish law. Key legislation and case law includes: Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011; The Thirty-Third Amendment of the Constitution (resulting in the creation of a new Court of Appeal); Arbitration Act 2010. Previous edition ISBN: 9781845922788

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