AD1086: Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Social Impact

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 65hr(s) Directed Study (directed learning with online programme materials and video lectures); 24hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussions); 1 x 9hr(s) Fieldwork (field trip); 65hr(s) Other (self-directed reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce general principles of environmental monitoring and assessment for air, water and soil and the potential societal impacts for human health. Critically evaluate ways in which the environment impacts on human health.
Module Content: Relevant environmental legislation. Principles of monitoring and assessment, including environmental monitoring instrumentation and techniques for physical, biological and chemical analysis of water, air and soil. Overview of environmental health and the impacts of the natural environment on human health.
Teaching links to SDGs 3, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 14.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Appreciate water as a resource, including the importance of monitoring and quality assessment.
  • Outline the principal steps of an environmental monitoring programme.
  • Describe different approaches being taken to monitoring air and soil using field and laboratory techniques.
  • Describe biological monitoring methods and evaluate their suitability.
  • Evaluate risks to human health from water and soil pollution.
  • Distinguish between urban and rural environmental air quality and associated health impacts.
  • Discuss relevant environmental and social policy legislation.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1,000 Case Study Project, 50 marks; 1 x 1,500 word Field/ Practical Report, 70 marks; Wiki, 60 marks; Online Participation Activities, 20 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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