Module Overview

Water Quality Assessment

Module

This module consists of four Courses with mainly theoretical background and one Course with a final assignment. Following the DPSIR structure (Driving forces, Pressures, State, Impact and Response), we will look first at some causes and consequences of water pollution and then learn how to measure and evaluate water pollution.

Target Group:

The module ie is designed for professionals actively involved in water quality monitoring and management. They may be working e.g. for environmental agencies, consultants, as environmental or water management officers in local, regional or national governments, as staff of NGOs, or as junior university lecturers, and may not have the time to undertake a course that lasts several weeks abroad

Prerequisites:

Participants are expected to have an academic level of a bachelor's degree or equivalent in chemistry, biology, environmental science, natural resources management, sanitary engineering or a related discipline. Participants are expected to have sufficient English language skills.

Time Framework for the Module: September - December.

Learning Objectives of the Module:


After successful completion of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply concepts of water quality and pollution processes in rivers and lakes
  • Understand and apply the different steps of the monitoring cycle in rivers and lakes
  • Understand the basic concepts of groundwater quality and monitoring
  • Apply common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation
  • Design sound and sustainable freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes under specified conditions.

Subjects:

    • Course 1: General introduction
    • Course 2: Water Quality and Pollution
    • Course 3: Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
    • Course 4: Data handling and Presentation
    • Course 5: Final assignment - design of a monitoring plan

Syllabus:

Lecture notes are made available in the first unit of every course.

Assessment:

 There is no module exam. After successful completion, participants will receive a 'Certificate of attendance’ issued by UNESCO-IHE.

Lecturing Materials:

Each unit consists of a number of learning materials. For most units, the basic materials consist of powerpoint presentations with audio, lecture notes, extra materials and assignments. The powerpoint presentations give an overview of the topic. The lecture notes give some additional information. The assignments help you to review the unit. The extra materials are offered for further study or form the basis of an assignment.

Lecturing Staff:

  • Peter Kelderman, PhD, MSc
  • Diederik Rousseau, PhD, MSc
  • Gretchen Gettel, PhD, MSc
  • Tamara Avellan, MSc
  • Mario Chilundo, MSc
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