Water Microbiology - Distance Learning Programme
The course provides a thorough training in water microbiology, including natural and artificial water environments. It introduces participants to the key concepts and skills necessary for working on the bench as well as for decision making. It covers topics such as recreational water microbiology, drinking water microbiology, wastewater microbiology, water quality detection methods, the use of GIS technology in monitoring water quality, the principles of ISO 22000 application in water industries, risk assessment, water-borne infectious disease epidemiology, and accreditation of water laboratories. Students will be also introduced to key elements of water monitoring, the impact of climate change, conservation of aquatic ecosystems, and water reclamation and reuse. The modules of the e-class:
- provide in-depth understanding of all key issues relevant to a proper estimation of the microbiological quality of water from different sources and different uses;
- equip participants with the tools needed to manage water quality effectively;
- familiarise participants with the latest practical laboratory methods and techniques for the detection of indicators and pathogens in water, and
- give a grounding in the function and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in water quality management.
This programme is organised by four universities: University of the Aegean i cooperation with University of Patras, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Tei of Athens.
The course is aimed at water professionals and persons interested in a career in the water industry. It provides an opportunity to learn key skills and knowledge in the area of water microbiology. On completing the modules those learners interested will have the opportunity to work in a water laboratory in a Greek university in order to acquire practical skills in isolating and identifying waterborne bacterial indicators and pathogens.
The language of the course is English. If you have a degree from an English-speaking university there will be no further requirements. Otherwise the prospective student will be required to submit test scores showing his/her level of English language proficiency.
Admission to the Course
To be admitted to the course you need a university or technical college degree. Professionals with no degree but long experience in water microbiology will be considered on a case by case basis. Undergraduate students in their final year of studies, studying relevant sciences, can be admitted. Each case will be considered individually.
You will need a computer and a good internet connection in order to take part in the course.
Fees 1,000 Euro
Postgraduate students: 800 Euro
Not all the fees are paid in advance. The initial registration fee (€500) is paid at the time of registration. Once a student is registered the study materials will be dispatched, thus enabling you to get started. The remaining fees will be paid in one or two instalments, once the course is under way (end of December, end of March).
Not everyone prefers the same methods and not everyone works at the same pace. Our e-class allows you to choose the pace suitable for your needs. Participants will need to be self-motivated and to enjoy working independently so as to meet successfully the challenges of studying on a distance-learning programme.
You will be expected to spend several hours a week studying the module materials. Some of this work will be assessed.
Once you have completed the course successfully you will be awarded a Certificate and a Certificate Supplement.
The Certificate will confirm that you were registered on the course and successfully met the course requirements.
The Certificate Supplement will describe the modules you have taken and the grades earned.
The e-Class Team and Tools
The Programme is taught by course tutors who are practising university teachers with a strong scientific background and practical experience. The team is supported by leading experts in the field of water management, all of whom have worked with international organisations and agencies.
The teaching tools used on the course include written texts, presentations, assignments, videos, and tests.
Students should acquire a copy of the textbook that will be recommended by the course instructors. Each student, upon registration, will receive a study pack that will contain
- a course outline containing important information about the syllabus, assessments and evaluation of progress throughout the course;
- a study guide;
- CD ROMs containing reports, international guidelines, EU directives and other relevant documents;
- online resources including online libraries, study materials and databases.
Assessment of Course Work
Evaluation of students’ written assignments will take into consideration:
- Quality of the assignment: The assignments should be competently written in the scientific language appropriate for the subject and using correct terminology. They should answer accurately the questions posed and should handle only the subject examined, elaborating on it fully.
- Timely submission of the assignments: The assignments should be submitted within the deadlines set. Late submission of assignments will be penalised and reflected in the student’s final result.
During the last week of the Programme those students who are willing to travel to Greece will be offered the opportunity to acquire practical skills in a university water laboratory. The practicals will include hands-on experience in the isolation of bacterial indicators for water quality and pathogenic microorganisms.
Students will partake in the procedures for isolating and identifying microorganisms, performing the benchwork themselves. They will also be trained in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the visualisation, processing and assessment of water quality results from relevant laboratories, and they will take part in training sessions on epidemiology practices, and the study and evaluation of epidemiological data.
The Final Exam will take place during the last week of the course.