This module consists of four Courses with mainly theoretical background and one Course with a final assignment. Following the DPSIR structure (Driving forces, Pressures, State, Impact and Response), we will look first at some causes and consequences of water pollution and then learn how to measure and evaluate water pollution.

Target Group

The module ie is designed for professionals actively involved in water quality monitoring and management. They may be working e.g. for environmental agencies, consultants, as environmental or water management officers in local, regional or national governments, as staff of NGOs, or as junior university lecturers, and may not have the time to undertake a course that lasts several weeks abroad


Participants are expected to have an academic level of a bachelor's degree or equivalent in chemistry, biology, environmental science, natural resources management, sanitary engineering or a related discipline. Participants are expected to have sufficient English language skills.

Time Framework for the Module: September - December.
Learning Objectives of the Module:

After successful completion of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply concepts of water quality and pollution processes in rivers and lakes
  • Understand and apply the different steps of the monitoring cycle in rivers and lakes
  • Understand the basic concepts of groundwater quality and monitoring
  • Apply common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation
  • Design sound and sustainable freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes under specified conditions.


Course 1: General introduction
Course 2: Water Quality and Pollution
Course 3: Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
Course 4: Data handling and Presentation
Course 5: Final assignment - design of a monitoring plan


Lecture notes are made available in the first unit of every course.
There is no module exam. After successful completion, participants will receive a 'Certificate of attendance’ issued by UNESCO-IHE.

Lecturing Materials

Each unit consists of a number of learning materials. For most units, the basic materials consist of powerpoint presentations with audio, lecture notes, extra materials and assignments. The powerpoint presentations give an overview of the topic. The lecture notes give some additional information. The assignments help you to review the unit. The extra materials are offered for further study or form the basis of an assignment.

Lecturing Staff

Peter Kelderman, PhD, MSc
Diederik Rousseau, PhD, MSc
Gretchen Gettel, PhD, MSc
Tamara Avellan, MSc
Mario Chilundo, MSc