WATR07009 2019 Water Quality in Irish River Basin Districts

General Details

Full Title
Water Quality in Irish River Basin Districts
Transcript Title
Water Quality in Irish River B
Code
WATR07009
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
WATR - Water Studies
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)
Declan Feeney, Lisa Cronin
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management
Description

The module will enable students to evaluate and appraise issues relating to water quality in Ireland today.  The activities of man create various pollution sources and associated environmental impacts in Irish river basin districts. Principles of water quality control will be given in terms of best practice, health and safety, and legislation and includes assessment of water quality with a focus on the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive. The module examines water protection measures with respect to intercepting and breaking nutrient transport pathways, and considers how land management activities are linked to nutrient delivery to the catchment.  The principles for designing or reviewing a monitoring programme to detect potential impacts of land-use activities on water quality and the interpretation of biological and chemical water quality are included.    

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Define water types, quality, river basin district and water pollution

2.

Categorise water pollution sources related to man's sectoral activities and examine nutrient transport pathways

3.

Appraise the impacts of water pollution in Ireland both as an individual and in a teamwork exercise

4.

Explain various methods to control water pollution and improve water quality

5.

List relevant Irish and European water legislation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be given live on-line lectures and activities for the duration of the module.  Lectures will be uploaded on to moodle with additional reading material and references for other resources.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam.  

Continuous assessment consists of MCQ on MOODLE, team work exercise and written assessment to challenge the student to resource, share and analyse information on aspects of current water quality.

 

 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Hydrological Cycle

Management of Water quality parameters including S.I. units

Health and Safety Issues: sampling, pathogens, aquatic invasive species

Water Pollution: definition, interpretation and categories

Sectoral sources and impacts of water pollution

Nutrient transport pathways and how land management activities are linked to nutrient delivery to the catchment

Water Quality of surface, transitional and coastal waters in Ireland

Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management Plan for Ireland

Biological monitoring of Water Quality for the Water Framework Directive

Designing or reviewing a monitoring programme to detect potential impacts of land-use activities on water quality and the interpretation of biological and chemical water quality

Control of Water Pollution: waste water treatment, agricultural good practice, legislation

 

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 Two MCQ tests Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,4,5
2 Group Project teamwork exercise at workshop Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 8 3
3 Assignment River Basin District Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 10 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 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online Online lectures, directed reading and assignments 4 Weekly 4.00
Workshop Offsite Group work assignment 5 UNKNOWN 5.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Researching, reading and reflectiing 40 UNKNOWN 40.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 9.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Mason, C.F. (2002)  Biology of freshwater pollution. Longman.

WRBD (2008) Water Matters, Have your Say.

Journal Resources

None

URL Resources

EPA Water Quality Reports 1999-2018 http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/water/waterqua/ 

River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 - https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/rbmp_report_english_web_version_final_0.pdf

Catchments Water to sea - www.catchments.ie

Other Resources

Pc and Broadband connection

Additional Information

None