Full-time: 32 weeks/48 weeks
*Part-time/Distance: 2/3 years NEW OPTION
The European Community Water Framework Directive places an emphasis on maintaining the ecological quality of all water resources: surface waters, groundwaters, estuarine and marine. This is currently being implemented in legislation and should provide great potential for employment of suitably trained biologists.
This new modular course for Science graduates offers a rigorous scientific, technical and intellectual training in the implementation of sustainable environmental management, as laid out in the Water Framework Directive, but with relevance outside the EC also.
Building on the strengths of the Biology of Water Resource Management course (link), it emphasises the monitoring and regulatory aspect of environmental management of fresh, estuarine and coastal waters.
The course is aimed at producing individuals with the skills and experience to find employment with environmental agencies, regulatory authorities and private companies working in environmental assessment.
On the practical
side, students learn how to assess water pollution and ecological quality
using biological indicators (eg BMWP score, RIVPACS), get experience
of field sampling methods in rivers and from a research vessel (kick
sampling, net plankton haul, secchi depth, coring, grab samplers, CTD
probe), identifying marine and freshwater invertebrates, plants, fish,
plankton and microorganisms (faecal coliforms, streptococci, clostridia),
and use a range of physical and chemical measurement techniques (BOD,
COD, dissolved oxygen, nutrient assay, pH, conductivity, GCMS, sediment analysis). Risk assessment for field and laboratory based
activities is stressed, and there is an emphasis on quality assurance
in data collection and statistical analysis.
|There are 6 taught modules, plus a 16 week research project carried out
in collaboration with external agencies. Full time students undertake 3 modules in trimester 1 (Oct – Jan) and another 3 in trimester 2
(Feb – May) followed by the project over trimester 3 (June – Sept).
The part-time mode seeks to reduce the work load with 1 module per trimester over 3 years and an extended period for the project.
Further route-specific information:
Part-time / Distance route
Click on the links below for more information
Other Course Information:
Teaching Links (lecture notes, site pictures)
Students' Page (pictures, visits, etc.)
Web page maintained by John Kinross.
Last modified on 4th April 2008