ENVR06058 2019 Water Quality

General Details

Full Title
Water Quality
Transcript Title
Water Quality
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Anne O'Donohue, Ossian Geraghty
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science

This module introduces the student to a wide range of physical, chemical and biological methods commonly used in water analysis in the context of the regulatory framework. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe the theoretical principles of water quality analysis.


Perform a range of analytical techniques on various water samples and comment on the accuracy, precision and limitations of the data generated.


Interpret scientific data using knowledge of water quality parameters and relevant water legislation, where appropriate.


Generate and record scientific data in a laboratory both individually and in teams.


Write a scientific report.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered full-time and will include lectures, laboratory practicals, directed and independent learning.  This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 65% continuous assessment and 35% final exam.  A short assessment on aspects of the theoretical component of the module will be conducted in the classroom during the middle of the semester. Laboratory skills, report writing and data interpretation will be assessed as part of the practical work performed during the semester.

The student must reach an assigned gate (mark) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall in the module to achieve a Pass grade.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat final exam (autumn sitting).

Practical CA opportunity (autumn)  / repeat attend laboratory practicals may be provided.


Indicative Syllabus

Water Quality, Water Framework Directive and water quality legislation

Water quality indicators

Theoretical principles of water quality analysis and selection of appropriate analytical methods and techniques

Generation/evaluation of scientific data

Writing a scientific report

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Assessment Coursework Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5
2 Short Questions Coursework Assessment Assessment 15 % Week 7 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Semester 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical / Laboratory Science Laboratory Laboratory 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2002-02-15 Introduction to Environmental Analysis John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0471492957 ISBN-13 9780471492955

Provides information on the application of analytical techniques,such as GC, LC, IR, and XRF for analysing and measuring water,solid and atmospheric samples and for monitoring environmentalpollutants. * Emphasizes Field Analysis, reflecting the growing application ofthis technique * Information on sampling strategies - reflecting growth in thisarea * Includes sections on solid and liquid extraction techniques * Ideal as a self-study aid or as a taught course

Required Reading
1999-01-01 Practical Environmental Analysis Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN 0854045945 ISBN-13 9780854045945

This unique book provides detailed instructions for conducting practical experiments in environmental analysis. The comprehensive coverage includes the chemical analysis of important pollutants in air, water, soil, and plant tissue; and the experiments generally require only basic laboratory equipment. The presentation is supplemented by theoretical material explaining the principles behind each method and the importance of various pollutants. It also includes suggestions for projects and examples of calculations.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Andrew D. Eaton, ‎Lenore S. Clesceri, ‎M. A. H. Franson ( 2005) . American Public Health Association  (APHA).  Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 23rd edition.

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