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BSc in Environmental Science

Course Code: LC425


Level

07

Duration

3 Years

Department

Applied Science


CAO Points

278

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

In this course students learn about ecology and conservation of the natural environment as well as how to manage resources like waste and energy in business. There is lots of practical lab work, field work, field trips and computer skills sessions. Subjects on personal development are also included – valuable skills for the workplace. New approaches to balancing the needs of society and the economy with protection of the environment are investigated. 

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/Irish.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Introduction to Environmental Science

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with problem-solving skills and basic scientific knowledge focused on application to environmental and natural resource management. This module is complimented by the practical work in the Applied Environmental Science module.


    Title: Applied Environmental Science

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of the module is to provide students with skills in analytical techniques for analysing organic and inorganic components in the environment. It will ensure that students are competent to work safely in a laboratory environment using good laboratory practices. It will develop student skills in scientific writing and comprehension. This module will link with the Introduction to Environmental Science module to provide students with practical skills to enhance their learning.


    Title: Environmental Maths and Computing

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data that they will encounter in their future environmental careers. It will also give them the computing skills needed to manipulate and present data and reports.


    Title: Rural Land Use & Environment

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with an awareness of the nature of the principal land uses in Ireland and the interaction between these land uses and the quality of the environment.


    Title: Introduction to Environmental Management

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    One of the key pillars of sustainable development is sound environmental management at every level; such as home, schools, industry. In very practical terms this module presents the principles of good environmental management and encourages the learner to look at their own home in relation to waste management.


    Title: Introduction to Sustainable Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will explore the historical, policy and practical context of sustainable development as a contested concept. It will provide students with an introduction to basic economic concepts, while alternative development paradigms and the global nature of sustainable development will also be studied.


    Title: Professional Skills in Third Level

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to develop the personal and Professional skills of students to prepare to effectively negotiate their academic and professional journey.

    This module introduces students to the principles of effective communication and to develop their personal awareness and develops their communication, team working and presentation skills. The module uses the framework of Emotional Intelligence in developing good customer relations and in creating effective client communication while also examining strategies for managing the challenge of working in interpersonal conflict situations. In addition the module focuses on the students study and academic writing skills as required for 3rd level.

    This module is very interactive and application based so an 80% attendance is required from students.


  • Year 2

    Title: Earth Science and Ecology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical appreciation of the key concepts and principles of geology, geomorphology and ecology, the interlocking nature of these areas, and how they influence organisms including humans.


    Title: Field Study Skills

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with the practical skills to work competently and safely in the field. It gives students the transferable skills in practical fieldwork and provides a general introduction to species identification, field surveying and geographical skills.


    Title: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems & Surveying

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is aimed at introducing learners to the basic principles of Geographic Information Systems and of Surveying. The module will introduce learners to methods of accessing as well as mapping spatial data. The module will provide learners with opportunities to undertake surveys using basic surveying equipment and to digitize and map the survey outcomes


    Title: Environment & Sustainable Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The module will review the current state of the environment at global and Irish levels and identify the major areas of concern which have arisen due to the impact of human activity. The complex relationships between the environment and society will also be explored, while approaches for sustainable development principles to be put into practice in order to address major areas of environmental concern will be identified.


    Title: Teamwork and Training

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will develop participants skills to successfully engage in group processes. The module will focus on the skills of: motivation. communication, negotiation and managing conflict situations. It aims to develop the skills to manage and lead groups in a professional context through the achievement of set group tasks.

    This module aims to also develop the essential skills of designing and facilitating a training programme based on an assessment of needs for a client group.

     


    Title: Conservation & BioGeography

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to:

    • Introduce the general concept and implementation of conservation and biodiversity management
    • Outline the fundamentals of biodiversity management approaches concerning genetic, species, and ecosystems, to enable students to reflect on nature conservation and resource management and to outline guidelines for protecting and managing biodiversity in a sustainable way.
    • Provide an overview of the current conservation designations at local regional, national and EU scale
    • Introduce students to current best practice in Conservation and Biodiversity management.

     

     


    Title: Environmental Management Systems

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module engages learners in environmental management in an organisational setting, focusing on the themes of waste and energy. Skills in implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) are developed. The principles and practice of Health and Safety management are introduced.


  • Year 3

    Title: Geographic Information Systems 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is aimed at providing learners with the ability to use Geographic Information Systems as a means of investigating the environment as well as assessing potential environmental impacts. Through the module, learners will be able to develop skills in a range of mapping techniques.


    Title: Water Resources Management 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide students with a sound understanding of fundamental water resources issues including local, regional, national and international policy and practice. Students will develop competencies in hydrology, computer modelling as well as in management techniques which are used to address current challenges in the sector.


    Title: Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of water & wastewater treatment options. It will highlight the management strategies that are implemented to manage water treatment plants & their role in protecting human health & water quality. The student will learn about water and wastewater treatment processes. The module will also provide students with a competence in water and wastewater analysis.


    Title: Planning and Environmental Assessment

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide learners with an understanding of the Irish Planning System with particular emphasis on the interactions between landuse practices and environmental resources. It will critically assess the traditional nature of land-use planning with a particular focus on the role and nature of environmental impact assessments.


    Title: Professional Development

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The module also introduces students to the key personal and professional skills to be effective in the workplace. The module introduces students to the concept of professionalism, ethical behaviour and customer service skills. The module covers job search, cv preperation and interview skills for students and maintaining an on-line presence for long term development.


    Title: Geographic Information Systems 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is aimed at providing learners with the ability to use a variety of relevant Geographic Information System packages as a means of undertaking detailed environmental analysis


    Title: Water Resources Management 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide students with a sound understanding of fundamental water resources issues including local, regional, national and international policy and practice. Students will develop competencies in hydrology, flood modelling as well as in management practices which are used to address current challenges.


    Title: Water Quality & Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of water quality and the pressures that impact on water quality and quantity. It will highlight the management strategies that are implemented to protect water quality. The module will also examine the tools in place to manage water consumption. The module will also provide students with a competence in water analysis.


    Title: Planning and Environmental Resources

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide learners with an understanding of the Irish Planning System with particular emphasis on the interactions between landuse practices and environmental resources. It will critically assess the traditional nature and roles of land-use planning and processes including participative models.


    Title: Research Techniques

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    New scientific information is being published every day. To make informed decisions about environmental management one must be skilled in finding and assessing good quality information. This module will enable you to begin to practice vital research skills to prepare you for undertaking your own research projects and particularly a dissertation in year four.

    The communication and presentation of environmental and geographical science research is recognised as important skills across may sectors, in order to effectively communicate with scientific and non‑scientific audiences. These hard and soft skills are transferable to a variety of Environmental and Geographical employment scenarios .


    Title: Placement

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Work placement is a key component of this degree programme as it calls upon the learner to bring the knowledge and skills developed in other modules into a real life work context. It provides an opportunity to gain experience of working in the environment sector, and will enable learners to gain insight, knowledge and appreciation of the nature and context of environmental work.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates can progress into the fourth year of the BSc (Hons) programme (LC408). This ladder system allows students to obtain an honours degree in four years.          

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of the Bachelor programme are qualified for a wide range of roles including Environmental Technicians and Environmental Officers with businesses, public sector bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The inclusion of a work placement is of particular value to graduates seeking employment.