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UCC CPD courses

Data handling, assessment & presentation for freshwater quality monitoring

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
FeesThe fee for this module is €400. Applicants from low income countries that are part of the GEMS/Water programme should contact for information about fee concessions. The fee for Non-EU applicants is €800 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31st July 2023
Non-EU Closing Date31st July 2023
Course Delivery MethodOnline
Start DateSeptember 2023 Semester 1


This module focuses on how to ensure that effective use is made of data from water quality monitoring programmes. Statistical techniques are demonstrated using freely available software. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are introduced for data storage, analysis and presentation. Statistical analyses and the associated presentation of the results are illustrated with worked examples. Key elements of a water quality assessment are presented. 

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 

  • Evaluate and recommend different data handling and storage options for water quality data
  • Use freely available data storage and analysis software
  • Select examples of scenarios where GIS software is appropriate to store and analyse geographically referenced water quality data
  • Select and demonstrate appropriate methods for presenting water quality data from a range of water bodie

Additional Teaching Mode Information

36hr(s) Directed Study (Online self-directed learning); 12hr(s) Directed Study (Online moderated activities); 12 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (Reading).


Total Marks 100: Continuous Assesement 100 marks (5 x online tests 20 marks each (100 marks) 


A BSc in Environmental Science or similar subject; or a relevant professional qualification; or a portfolio of work and experience in the area of water quality monitoring. Candidates who do not hold a BSc will be judged on a case-by-case basis as to their suitability for the programme, subject to the approval of the college of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Candidates, for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 ( or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.

*where modules are part of an existing programme and are to be offered as CPD Modules, the applicant will be expected to meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €400. 

Applicants from low income countries that are part of the GEMS/Water programme should contact for information about fee concessions.


How To Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator, GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, Environmental Research Institute, Cork

OR via e-mail at 

CPD GEMS EV6014 Module - Application Form can be accessed in the link below:

CPD EV Modules Application Form 2023

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

 Applications are presently open for Semester 1

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