Module Identifier EA30810  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor David Kay  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours 5 Hours of Simulated Public Enquiry  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours 2 hour written examination.   75%  
  Course work   Proof of evidence and presentational materials for public enquiry and individual summary report, approximately 2,500 word equivalent.   25%  
  Resit assessment   Resit examinations: 2 hour written examination 75%, In-course assessment marks to be carried forward.    

Module Outline (Lecture Themes)

Public enquiry sessions

Module Aims
To introduce students to the Scientific investigation of the interaction between water quality and health of the exposed population. This introductory module seeks to provide students with a grounding in how environmental factors affect public health. It commences with an introduction to the available epidemiological methods and approaches which have been used to define the linkage between environmental contamination and its public health impacts. A series of case studies are then examined to illustrate the strength of this linkage and its scientific foundations.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:-

1. make a rational scientific judgement on the potential health impacts of water pollution though rigorous evaluation of the quality of research information in this area and a competent understanding of the main epidemiological approaches which have been used to investigate these interactions.
2. additionally, they will understand the principal regulatory systems in the UK for water quality maintenance through contact with regulators, practitioners and academic researchers,
3. apply skills of case preparation and presentation through a simulated public enquiry chaired by a Principal inspector of the Drinking Waters Inspectorate.