Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

EV1002 The Environment
EV2001 Practical Environmental Science
EV2002 The Environment and Human Health
EV3002 Environmental Science Literature Review
EV3012 Ecology and Hydrology of Wetland Systems
EV3013 Sustainable use of Freshwater
EV3014 Environmental Science in the Field
EV4001 Environmental Science Research Project
EV4002 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
EV4010 Environmental Work Placement
EV4012 Environmental Impact Assessments
EV4013 Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing
EV6001 Monitoring Programme Design for Freshwater Bodies
EV6002 Quality Assurance in Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programmes
EV6003 Data Handling and Presentation for Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programmes
EV6011 Principles of Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

EV1002 The Environment

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 150.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES (ZEPS).

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of BEES; Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Chemistry; Staff, Department of Geography; Staff, Department of Physics.

Module Objective: To introduce the study of how humans interact with the environment.

Module Content: Introduction to the origins of our Solar system. Earth as a life sustaining entity. Resource exploitation and management by humans in terrestrial and aquatic environments is central to the module. Key issues to be covered will include sustainable development, food production, water resources management, human health, waste and pollution, noise, energy production, mineral extraction, climate change, urbanisation and environmental assessment.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify links between human exploitation of natural resources and the consequences of that exploitation
?Link human activities with specific environmental consequences
?Identify aspects of the natural environment that have consequences for human populations
?Suggest appropriate remediation or management approaches to address defined environmental issues
?Interpret simple environmental measurements
?Demonstrate an appreciation of the complexities of some important environmental debates.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks (MCQ); Continuous Assessment 20 marks (two practicals (10 marks each)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) mcq to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) mcq to be taken in Autumn 2018. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward.

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EV2001 Practical Environmental Science

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 2 x 1day(s) Fieldwork (non-residential); 8 x 1hr(s) Other (lectures, data tutorials/workshops).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Geography; Dr Simon Harrison, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science.

Module Objective: To introduce students to the practical aspects of environmental science used for the investigation of human influences on the environment

Module Content: This module consists of non-residential field days in which basic practical skills are introduced and implemented in small groups, followed by instruction in basic data handling and analysis techniques. Field exercises will be selected from ecological, geographical, geological, hydrological and chemical methods in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Carry out basic sampling and measurement techniques in terrestrial and aquatic environments
?Demonstrate ability to work effectively in small teams, including integrating information from several teams/individuals
?Synthesise and interpret chemical, physical or biological measurements.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 field reports @ 30 marks each; 1 final report @ 40 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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EV2002 The Environment and Human Health

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Other (Workshops/Seminars/In-class Assessment).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To explore and critically appraise ways in which the environment impacts on human health.

Module Content: Overview of biological, chemical and physical health hazards and their impacts on human health including water and associated diseases, zoonoses, air pollution, trace elements and toxic compounds, radiation, noise, natural disasters. Sourcing and assessing environmental and human health data. Current and potential environmental health issues.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe possible health impacts arising from lack of access to uncontaminated drinking water and/or to adequate sanitation
?Evaluate risks to human health from different aquatic and terrestrial habitats
?Outline the impacts on health that may be caused by human activities in rural and urban environments, especially agriculture and transport
?Describe, using examples, possible health impacts arising from natural occurrence or anthropogenic release of toxic substances
?Outline the possible impacts on health arising from past and present industrial activities
?Select and critically evaluate scientific evidence for environmental health issues.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (In-term MCQ (10 marks); Poster (10 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (marks for MCQ carried forward whether passed or failed).

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EV3002 Environmental Science Literature Review

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Max 25.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 40 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (Supervised literature research); 1 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 1 x 3hr(s) Seminars (Individual oral presentation of reviews).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Chemistry; Staff, Department of Geography.

Module Objective: To give training in literature search, review and presentation of results through individual investigation of an environmental topic.

Module Content: Literature-based research project on an environmental topic to be carried out individually by each student in conjunction with an appropriate department and departmental supervisor.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Source scientific literature on a given environmental topic
?Compile relevant literature and write a critical review of the literature consulted
?Summarise key points and issues from published scientific articles
?Use and cite published literature appropriately in a written article
?Compile an accurate bibliography to accompany the written review
?Discriminate between scientifically credible articles and unsubstantiated information on the world wide web
?Make a short and informative oral presentation of the literature reviewed.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Project Report (5,000 words approx.) 90 marks; Oral Project Presentation 10 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (Oral project presentation), Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Resubmission of written report).

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EV3012 Ecology and Hydrology of Wetland Systems

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Practicals.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Simon Harrison, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science; Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To explore the hydrology of wetland systems and their interaction with the ecology of rivers, lakes and transitional water bodies.

Module Content: Principles of hydrology in rivers, lakes and transitional waters. Hydrobiology of rivers and lacustrine systems. Influence of climate and human activities on freshwater ecosystems.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe the natural development and evolution of freshwater systems in a range of climatic conditions.
?Describe the biological responses in rivers and lakes to environmental and climatic variations.
?Demonstrate an ability to interpret physical, chemical and biological data from rivers and lakes.
?Explain how current human activities are affecting the natural ecosystems of rivers and lakes worldwide.
?Distinguish between natural variations in freshwater ecosystems and those induced by human activity.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 80 marks; Continuous Assessment 20 marks (1 report (20 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward.

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EV3013 Sustainable use of Freshwater

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 4 x 3hr(s) Fieldwork (site visits); 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To explore current approaches to management and sustainable use of freshwater resources.

Module Content: Domestic, industrial and agricultural use of freshwater resources. Principles of physical, chemical and biological treatment processes for source waters and wastewaters. Approaches to management and protection of freshwater resources, including the EU Water Framework Directive. Options for reducing domestic, industrial and agricultural water consumption.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe, with examples, domestic, agricultural, and industrial demands on water resources
?Distinguish between appropriate treatment principles for water intended for potable use and wastewaters to be returned to the environment
?Describe the physical, chemical and biological treatment processes for source waters and wastewaters
?Give reasoned arguments for potential management regimes to maintain or improve the quality of water resources
?Suggest possible approaches to improve efficiency of water use and reduce degradation of surface waters.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 100 marks.

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): None.

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018.

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EV3014 Environmental Science in the Field

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): EV2001

Co-requisite(s): EV3012

Teaching Method(s): 6 x 1day(s) Fieldwork (residential field course); 3 x 1hr(s) Lectures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Dr Simon Harrison, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science; Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To enable students to gain experience in acquisition and interpretation of environmental data and to consider environmental management in the context of a European setting.

Module Content: Students will be introduced to the key climatological, geographical and environmental features of the field location in a series of lectures before departing for the 6-day residential field course. During the field course, students will tour environmentally relevant sites before dividing into groups to collect data using a range of techniques including mapping, surveying, habitat assessment and monitoring. There will be workshops on Data analysis and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Identify and describe pressure on the environment arising from population fluctuations in a confined land area
?Collect and synthesise data and information that can be used to develop management strategies in defined environmental situations
?Analyse, interpret and report data collected in different environments
?Describe management options in a range of different environmental scenarios such as climate change.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Two field reports 100 marks each).

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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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EV4001 Environmental Science Research Project

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semesters 1 and 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 30.

Pre-requisite(s): EV3002 or equivalent

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 120 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (Supervised independent research); 2 x 3hr(s) Seminars (Individual oral presentations of results).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Geography; Staff, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Chemistry.

Module Objective: To provide training in research techniques and the relevant skills in the student's chosen environmental discipline through individual investigation of an environmental topic.

Module Content: Theoretical, practical or field-based investigation of an environmental topic to be carried out individually by each student in conjunction with appropriate academic supervisor(s).

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Prepare a scientific hypothesis or research question in conjunction with the supervising staff member
?Prepare project objectives and select appropriate methods to gather relevant data or information
?Carry out a programme of data acquisition through field, laboratory or desk-based activities
?Write a report of the work carried out, including appropriate analysis of results obtained and discuss them in relation to existing published literature
?Deliver an oral presentation describing the research project and the results obtained.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (Report (210 marks); Oral presentation (30 marks; Supervisors assessment (60 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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EV4002 Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 22 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Fieldwork (Site visits); 2 x 2hr(s) Practicals (desk-based); 12 x 1hr(s) Directed Study; 2 x 2hr(s) Workshops.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Chemistry.

Module Objective: To introduce general principles of environmental monitoring and assessment for air, water, soil and sediments.

Module Content: Principles of monitoring and assessment, including environmental monitoring instrumentation. Policy legislation and practice. Techniques for physical and chemical analysis of water, air, soil and sediments. Biological monitoring methods: toxicity tests, bioassays, biochemical techniques, microbiological analyses. Principles of quality assurance and control. Data analysis, interpretation and reporting. Case studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe and compare environmental monitoring as carried out by local authorities, national regulators, industry, and environmental consultants
?Outline the principal steps of a monitoring programme and describe the associated quality assurance procedures
?Evaluate the reliability and comparability of monitoring programmes, including quality control, data interpretation, and reporting
?Describe different approaches taken to monitoring air, soil and sediments, and water quality using field and laboratory techniques
?Describe biological monitoring methods and evaluate their suitability for different scenarios
?Select monitoring methods and sampling sites and design monitoring programmes for a range of different environmental scenarios
?Critically evaluate existing environmental monitoring programmes.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 150 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (2 reports @ 25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

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EV4010 Environmental Work Placement

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1. (Summer after the Third University Examination).

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 20.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 3 x 2hr(s) Seminars; 1 x 6weeks(s) Placements (Work Placement); 1 x 1hr(s) Tutorials.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To develop professional and transferable skills and experience by working in the environmental sector.

Module Content: This module will provide students with exposure to, and experience in, an environmental work place. Students will be required to work in a placement as directed by the enterprise manager and the academic supervisor.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Operate in a structured working environment
?Demonstrate teamwork
?Assess and critique a work organisation
?Communicate the work experience to academic staff and student peers.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Placement Report 50 marks; Seminar 15 marks; Placement Logbook 35 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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EV4012 Environmental Impact Assessments

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 50.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Other (Project Work); 1 x 1day(s) Fieldwork (site visit).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Fidelma Butler, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science.

Lecturer(s): Dr Fidelma Butler, Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science; Staff, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To introduce the purpose and methodology of environmental impact assessments.

Module Content: Definition of EIA. Purpose and limitations. Legal background and Statutory requirements. Approaches and methods. Standardisation and quality control. Preparation of EIA reports and recommendations. Preparation of environmental impact statements. Case studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe the legal framework for EIA
?Describe the process and sequence of steps involved in Environmental Impact Assessment with particular reference to current practices in Europe and Ireland;
?Explain the implementation of Conservation Evaluation techniques and their relationship with current EIA best practice;
?Critically review key case histories of EIA in Ireland and the rest of Europe;
?Integrate directed reading, case histories and lecture material to develop a contemporary general overview of EIA as practiced in Ireland and the rest of the European Union.
?Prepare a scoping or other assessment report based on a field site evaluation.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (1 x 2,500 word project report).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward.

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EV4013 Environmental Risk Assessment and Auditing

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 18 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 3 x 1hr(s) Workshops; 3 x 1hr(s) Seminars.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of BEES; Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Module Objective: To explore the techniques used in environmental risk assessment and auditing.

Module Content: Environmental and health risk assessment: background, techniques and case studies. Integrated risk assessment. Definition and purpose of environmental audits. Procedures for undertaking an audit.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Produce a flow chart of the principal steps involved in environmental risk assessments and describe the key activities associated with each step
?Describe, with reference to case studies, health risk assessment and ecological risk assessment methods
?Critically evaluate the use and application of risk assessment in a range of scenarios from given case studies
?Using a named example, describe the evaluation and management of risks in an industrial setting
?Outline the procedures for an environmental audit and describe an example of its use.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Formal Written Examination 70 marks; Continuous Assessment 30 marks (Case study report, 20 marks; oral presentation 10 marks).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Summer 2018.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 1.5 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (marks for oral presentation carried forward whether passed or failed).

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EV6001 Monitoring Programme Design for Freshwater Bodies

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 72hr(s) Directed Study (online self directed learning); 36hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities); 48 x 1hr(s) Other (research and written assignments); 48 x 1hr(s) Directed Study (reading).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES, Guest lecturers.

Module Objective: To introduce the principles and step by step procedures for designing a water quality monitoring programme for freshwater bodies.

Module Content: This module works through the step by step process of designing a monitoring programme for different levels of complexity and in relation to different monitoring objectives in different water bodies. An emphasis is placed on good practice in order to ensure reliable data are generated. Using examples and case studies, approaches to the selection of monitoring stations, monitoring methods and water quality parameters are considered. The need for a basic understanding of the hydrology of the water bodies is emphasised in order to optimise the frequency and location of sample collection. The role of additional information to support water quality assessment using monitoring data is also covered using examples.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
? Outline the principal steps of a freshwater quality monitoring programme
? Give examples of common water quality monitoring programme objectives and suggest key activities required to meet those objectives
? Identify the key hydrological information required when monitoring rivers, lakes and groundwaters
? Describe different approaches taken to monitoring water quality using field and laboratory techniques
? Select, with justification, monitoring sites for different scales of monitoring programme in rivers, lakes and groundwaters
? Design a water quality monitoring programme for a given set of objectives
? Explain the need for quality assurance in the various steps of monitoring data collection, storage and interpretation
? Demonstrate simple data analysis and assessment approaches
? Critically evaluate existing water quality monitoring programmes.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Two MCQ tests 20 marks each (40 marks); Two online tests 20 marks each (40 marks); Contribution to online discussion fora and tutorials 20 marks; individual project submitted online 100 marks (c. 5000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No supplemental examination unless condition(s) are met, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

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EV6002 Quality Assurance in Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programmes

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 72hr(s) Directed Study (online self directed learning); 36hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities); 48hr(s) Other (research and written assignments); 48hr(s) Directed Study (reading).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES, Guest lecturers.

Module Objective: To introduce the steps and procedures for quality assurance of water quality monitoring activities for freshwater bodies.

Module Content: All monitoring programmes should include an associated quality assurance programme that ensures monitoring data are reliable and comparable, not only from station to station but also from laboratory to laboratory, or programme to programme. This module works through the various quality assurance processes and options available from the point of sample collection in the field to eventual data submission to a database. Quality Assurance Plans and Standard Operating Procedures are introduced. Internationally available standards are campared and examples of best practice are presented for internal and external laboratory quality control. The process of preparing for an audit is introduced.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
? Outline the principal steps of a quality assurance programme for a freshwater quality monitoring scenario
? Recommend quality control procedures for field work and laboratory handling and analysis of water samples
? Identify laboratory procedures that are considered to be ?out of control? from laboratory data provided
? Draft simple Standard Operating Procedures for selected sampling and analysis techniques
? Prepare a quality assurance plan for a given monitoring scenario
? Demonstrate simple quality control procedures on a monitoring data set.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Two MCQ tests 20 marks each (40 marks); Two online tests 20 marks each (40 marks); Contribution to online discussion fora and tutorials 20 marks; individual project submitted online 100 marks (c. 5000 words)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No supplemental examination unless condition(s) are met, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

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EV6003 Data Handling and Presentation for Freshwater Quality Monitoring Programmes

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 3.

No. of Students: Min 5, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 72hr(s) Directed Study (online self directed learning); 36hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities); 48hr(s) Other (research and written assignments); 48hr(s) Directed Study (reading).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Deborah Chapman, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES, Guest lecturers.

Module Objective: To introduce procedures for storage, analysis and presentation of freshwater quality monitoring data

Module Content: This module focuses on how to ensure that effective use is made of data from water quality monitoring programmes. Modern 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 case studies and worked examples. Analysis and presentation of datasets from monitoring programmes are explored with individual projects.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
? Evaluate and recommend different data handling and storage options for water quality data
? Demonstrate use of appropriate statistical methods for water quality datasets
? Use freely available data storage and analysis software
? Use GIS software to store and analyse geographically referenced water quality data
? Select and demonstrate appropriate methods for presenting water quality data from a range of water bodies
? Generate a water quality data report.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Six on-line tests 20 marks each (120 marks) Contribution to online discussion fora and tutorials 20 marks; individual project (submitted on-line) 60 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, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No supplemental examination unless condition(s) are met, Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

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EV6011 Principles of Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 20 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Fieldwork (site visits); 2 x 2hr(s) Practicals (desk based); 2 x 2hr(s) Workshops; 12 x 1hr(s) Directed Study.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES.

Lecturer(s): Dr Timothy Sullivan, School of BEES; Staff, School of BEES; Staff, Department of Chemistry.

Module Objective: To introduce general principles of environmental monitoring and assessment for air, water, soil and sediments.

Module Content: Principles of monitoring and assessment, including environmental monitoring instrumentation. Policy legislation and practice. Techniques for physical and chemical analysis of water, air, soil and sediments. Biological monitoring methods: toxicity tests, bioassays, biochemical techniques, microbiological analyses. Principles of quality assurance and control. Data analysis, interpretation and reporting. Case studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
?Describe and compare existing environmental monitoring programmes as carried out by local authorities, national regulators, industry, and environmental consultants
?Describe the principal elements of a monitoring programme and critique the associated quality assurance procedures
?Evaluate the reliability and comparability of monitoring programmes, including quality control and reporting
?Distinguish between and manipulate different data types associated with environmental monitoring assessment, and demonstrate appropriate methods for interpreting such data
?Evaluate the different approaches taken to monitoring air, soil and sediments, and water quality using both field and laboratory techniques
?Define biological monitoring methods and evaluate their suitability for different scenarios
?Design an environmental monitoring programme appropriate to a given environmental scenario.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Formal Written Examination 150 marks; Continuous Assessment 50 marks (Two reports 25 marks each).

Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; 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%.

Formal Written Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Winter 2017.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: 1 x 3 hr(s) paper(s) to be taken in Autumn 2018. Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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