Module Title:Environmental Science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in one theory class of one hour duration for 30 weeks and one 3 hour practical per week for 10 weeks. To consolidate lectures and practicals, students will normally be required to carry out assignments and prepare a weekly practical report analysing their own research and results. Any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures.
Module Aim: To introduce the student to the fundamentals of environmental science and environmental analysis
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the principles of environmental theory and practice.
LO2 Appreciate the dynamic interactive nature of the environment.
LO3 Perform a representative range of physico-chemical analyses of water and waste, applicable to pollution and environmental assessment.
LO4 Understand and interpret Reports from EPA and other bodies
LO5 To be able to communicate principles/theory in environmental science in both written and oral formats in an effective and professional manner.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Environment
The four spheres of the environment, dynamic nature and interactions, natural cycles, pollution as an imbalance.The environment and health
The Lithosphere
Soil formation, generalised chemical composition of mineral (silicates/aluminates) and organic matter (humic/fulvic acids). Soil profiles and horizons, soil texture and ped structure, soil properties :pH, conductivity, cation exchange, nutrient cycling.
The Hydrosphere
The hydrological cycle. Water sheds/river basins. River and lake structure and zones, groundwater/aquifers, surface water quality (phosphates, nitrates, ammonia, organic matter, dissolved oxygen, BOD and COD), trophic status, eutrophication, pollution sources (point-source v diffuse). Representative sampling. EPA reports. Catchment management.
Water treatment
Unit processes in treatment of raw water to potable water. Alum coagulation and flocculation, Jar Tests, filtration, disinfection (chlorination/ozone/uv), fluoridation. Residuals. Parametric values, PV. EPA Compliance reports. Waste water treatment (screenings/homogenation/aeration-activated sludge/trickle filters/anoxic-anaerobic, disinfection), Urban Waste Water Directive
The Atmosphere
Chemical composition, stratification, ozone, CFCs, greenhouse gases, particulate matter, acid rain, CAFE Directive, air quality monitoring.
The Biosphere
Biodiversity, invasive species, conservation, Birds/Habitat Directive (SPA, SAC)
Establishment, structure, roles. licencing, IPPC.
Practicals will develop skills and compentences in soil and water/waste water analysis. Practicals to include Soil testing for pH, moisture, conductivity, nutrients, texture and organic matter (Walkey-Black method and LOI). Water analysis will include colour, turbidity, conductivity, chloride(Mohr). nitrate (uv method), phosphate (mrp), dissolved oxygen (Winkler), BOD and COD (Hach micro-digestion).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Open-book Examination Exam 1,2,3,4 5.00 n/a
Presentation Students will present a 10 minute presentation on a topic of their choice relating to environmental science 5 5.00 Sem 2 End
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Log Book 3 40.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour exam 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 120.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASES_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science 2 Mandatory