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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research skills for Catchments
Module Code GY332
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hegarty
Semester 2: Valerie McCarthy
Autumn: Susan Hegarty
Module TeachersGrania Shanahan
Valerie McCarthy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

If we are to have good water quality in our rivers and streams, and in our coastal waters, we must understand how water moves through the environment. This module is a practical module which enables students to explore water and water quality in catchments, both in the field and using GIS. Within groups, students will explore the threats to water quality in a particular catchment, and will add their own data to a database within the GIS. Students will be expected to engage in the module and in fieldwork.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and classify threats to water quality in Irish catchments
2. Predict the effects of point and diffuse pollutants on a variety of Irish catchments
3. Gather, manipulate and analyse environmental datasets from both online sources and field-gathered data
4. Evaluate the importance of different datasets for water quality monitoring
5. Effectively communicate results through maps and a report

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion30Data gathering and manipulation
Assignment Completion40Mapping: Mapping and analysis of data
Group work46Storymap development: Developing group storymap
Report90Researching and writing reports
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

GIS datasets
GIS datasets - vector and raster

Discharge in rivers and streams
Quantifying discharge in rivers and streams

Effect of rainfall events
Measuring the effect of rainfall events on different catchments

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Group project50%As required
AssignmentRegular individual exercises to feed into the module20%As required
Report(s)Individual Report30%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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