WATR06009 2018 Water Sources, Abstraction and Quality

General Details

Full Title
Water Sources, Abstraction and Quality
Transcript Title
Water Sources, Abstraction and
Code
WATR06009
Attendance
100 %
Subject Area
WATR - Water Studies
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Ann-Marie Duddy, Declan Feeney, Mel Casserly, Owen Feeney, Cait Coyle
Programme Membership
SG_SWATE_E06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Water SG_SWATE_C06 201800 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SDRIN_E06 201900 Certificate in Science in Drinking Water Treatment Operations SG_SWATE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations
Description

This module will enable students to understand the fundamental aspects of the hydrological cycle and its relevance to the provision of a sustainable water supply. Students will be taught about the methods used for the collection of a raw water supply from groundwater and surface water sources, in addition to the infrastructure used for its transport, storage and distribution. The module examines potential sources of contamination, which may impact on raw water quality at catchment level. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of compliance with water quality legislation and relevant guidelines in order to protect the water resource. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Explain the hydrological cycle and its relevance to a holistic approach to sustainable water supply.

2.

Outline typical methods/approaches for the abstraction of raw water from groundwater and surface water sources, in addition to its regulation.

3.

Demonstrate an understanding of the main infrastructure used for the transport, storage and distribution of water to domestic properties and businesses.

4.

Define key characteristics (chemical, physical and microbiological) of satisfactory raw water quality, especially for the protection of human health.

5.

Outline the importance of compliance with key legislation for the protection of drinking water quality, groundwater and surface water.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and site visits 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 learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% continuous assessment and 60% final exam. 

The continuous assessment for the module is as follows:

Two MCQs at 10% each = 20%

Written assignment = 20%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment and/or final exam.

Indicative Syllabus

The hydrological cycle.

An introduction to the concept of Drinking Water Safety Plans.

Abstraction of groundwater and surface water to provide a raw water supply.

Infrastructure used for water storage and distribution.

Managing water supply and demand.

Water Quality and human health.

Sources of water contamination at catchment level.

Legislation for the protection of drinking water quality and water sources.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Online Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 6 1,2
2 Written Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 2,3
3 Online Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 12 3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

Online Learning Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Site Visit Offsite Site Visit 2 Once Per Semester 0.13
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2 Once Per Semester 0.13
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017 Twort's Water Supply Butterworth Heinemann

Recommended Reading
2013 Water and Wastewater Technology: Pearson New International Edition Pearson Higher Ed USA

Recommended Reading
2017 Aquatic Pollution Wiley

Recommended Reading
2003 Introduction to Hydrology Prentice Hall

Recommended Reading
2002 Biology of Freshwater Pollution Pearson, Prentice Hall

Recommended Reading
2013 Groundwater Science Elsevier

Module Resources