Master of Inland Water Quality Assessment

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PROGRAM:

Mandatory courses

European Aquatic Ecology (4 ECTS)

Water Pollution and Environmental effects (4 ECTS)

Aquatic Bioindicators (4 ECTS)

Biological Monitoring (4 ECTS)

Chemical Monitoring (4 ECTS)

Integrated Monitoring and Field Studies (6 ECTS)

Master Project (22 ECTS)

Elective courses (4 ECTS)*

Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Environmental Economy

Environmental Law

Biostatistics

* Elective offer will depend on availability and applications

Structure and chronogram

 

1st SEMESTER

CREDIT

2nd SEMESTER

CREDIT

European Aquatic Ecology

4

Biostatistics *

4

Water Pollution and Environmental effects

4

Aquatic Ecotoxicology  *

4

Aquatic Bioindicators

4

Environmental Economy *

4

Chemical Monitoring

4

Environmental Law *

4

Biological Monitoring

4

 

 

Integrated Monitoring and Field Studies

6

 

 

Master Project

22

 * Three elective courses will be chosen by the students

 

Course Contents

TEACHING GUIDES: Official guides 2014-15

EUROPEAN AQUATIC ECOLOGY Mandatory, 4 ECTS

At the end of the course students will have the knowledge and tools to predict water quality and ecological status of inland aquatic systems based on their expected functioning under natural conditions. Accordingly, they will be able to identify deviations from the norm and to develop specific management options. 

 

WATER POLLUTION Mandatory, 4 ECTS

 This course will provide knowledge on the water pollutants typically found in European waters and also the emerging pollutants  and their specific effects on the aquatic ecosystems and/or users. 

 

AQUATIC BIOINDICATORS Mandatory, 4 ECTS 

This course will provide skills to apply the use of organisms as bioindicators of water quality in freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Students will learn about mechanisms and methodologies usually used from a multidisciplinary point of view: molecular, taxonomy and ecology.

 

 

CHEMICAL MONITORING Mandatory, 4 ECTS

Students will learn on natural chemistry of waters, with special attention to chemical monitoring, learning about the most common and most hazardous pollutants of inland waters and sources of their origin and about water sampling and analytical techniques.

 

BIOLOGICAL MONITORING Mandatory, 4 ECTS

 This course will provide the knowledge about monitoring strategies to assess environmental status in lakes and rivers using organisms and following the Frame Water Directive. The students will learn about sampling strategies, techniques and treatments to use biological organisms to evaluate ecological status of ecosystems.

 

INTEGRATED MONITORING AND FIELD STUDIES Mandatory, 6 ECTS

 

Students will learn how to work on different aquatic systems: rivers, dams, wells to carry out a monitoring program. This course is a full practical course (field and laboratory) where students will collect chemical and biological samples to analyse in field and laboratory, and to interpret and write report with results obtained.



 

MASTER PROJECT Mandatory, 22 ECTS

The Masterís thesis is a detailed study based on original research and submitted for a Masterís degree. The work of the thesis should deal with a problem in environmental science focused on Inland Water Quality Assessment. The work should include appropriate analytical inputs and evaluation of results. Overall, the thesis work should demonstrate high scientific quality. The report should be written in English.

 

Students will learn to work in a professional way on a project related to Inland Water Quality Assessment, chosen from a list including  several European institutions.

Examination

Each student will have a thesis supervisor who will supervise scientifically the development of the project . After completing the Masterís thesis, the student will be required to make an oral presentation of his/her work at a Masterís Thesis seminar.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMY Elective 4 ECTS

The students will be able to propose which tools and procedures are the best to manage a specific environmental issue, regarding their advantages and disadvantages from the economic point of view.

 

BIOSTATISTICS Elective 4 ECTS

The student will get knowledge about the selection of appropriate statistical method to manage, compare and present his data. The aim is to teach the students how to have the ability to ensure their studies and their results.

 

AQUATIC ECOTOXICOLOGY Elective 4 ECTS

The students in this course will understand the relevance of ecotoxicology within the Life Sciences framework. Students also will understand the fate including the biological transformations of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems and the molecular and biochemical action mechanisms of toxicants typically found in freshwaters, understanding the lethality and chronicity concepts.

  

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW Elective 4 ECTS

The Course will provide the main aspects of environmental law in the context of inland water ecosystems with main focus on the Water Framework Directive (2000/60, October 23th) and related to this regulation. Students taking this course are expected to get the basic legislative knowledge concerns protection, management and restoration of inland water ecosystems in the context of Water Framework Directive (WFD) and its ways of implementation in different European Union countries.