Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Water and Health
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 8 x 3 Hour Lectures
Lecture 1 x 1 Hour Lecture
Seminar 1 x 3 Hour Seminar
Lecture 1 x 2 Hour Lecture


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written project report  Project Report focused on either drinking or recreational water quality management and Human Health impacts (4000 words)   75%
Semester Assessment Workshop Presentation  10 minute individual presentation   25%
Supplementary Assessment Written project  Project Report focused on either drinking or recreational water quality management and Human Health impacts. (4000 words)   75%
Supplementary Assessment Report based on presentation  1000 word written report based on presentation topic in lieu of presentation   25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the principal health risk associated with contaminated drinking and recreational waters.

2. Critically assess the science evidence base needed in these areas for standards design

3. Explain and evaluate the scientific and policy credibility of the standards and criteria available in the UK, EU USA, together with relevant WHO documentation.

4. Apply relevant environmental and public health legislation to move towards sustainable compliance with water quality standards in this area.

Brief description

The aim of this module is to:
(i) explain the science of epidemiological evidence acquisition from primary and secondary research;
(ii) develop the students' ability to weigh evidence and define the highest quality evidence base for policy;
(iii) explore the translation of evidence into standards and policy both in terms of water quality and related sampling regimes;
(iv) provide exemplar case studies in the development of standards for recreational and drinking water exposures and finally
(v) to examine the sustainable solutions for integrated management of catchment systems to deliver good water quality and minimize adverse health impacts.


Lectures will cover the following themes: (i) drinking water quality and standards from public and private water supplies; (ii) development of recreational water standards; (iii) Catchment control and legislation to effect (1) and (ii). The students will be assessed in the role or operational water resource professionals managing water quality for regulation and public health protection.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Interpretation of numerical and graphical data is integral to the interpretation of health effects data from epidemiological studies. This will be covered in lecture and project material.
Communication The individual project presentations will develop this skill.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading and self-critique of parameters chosen for the project work will be encouraged. There will be detailed feedback from project reports.
Information Technology Additional reading is integral to the module and alongside provision of reading lists, students will be expected to use information technology and agency/NGO web sites to search for relevant online or hard copy material.
Personal Development and Career planning Upon completion of this module students will have a solid grounding in key aspects of water and health policy and its research base from which standards and policy are derived. They will also have been introduced to the complex nature of decision-making in the context of uncertainty. Skills which are transferable to many professions.
Problem solving The students will be placed in the role of professional agency managers charged with realistic health risk resolution and mitigation in both the design of standards and the management of disease outbreaks. Both aspects covered by real-world examples.
Research skills The students will be required to complete additional research to complete the assessed project report. Library resources and the internet will be used as sources for this project.
Subject Specific Skills This course will develop skills in; the theory of water and health impact, epidemiology and standards design in a complex international geo-political environment.
Team work Team work is embedded in the individual project reports the students will be split into teams choosing related topics


This module is at CQFW Level 6