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Water-Quality Principles (Blended)

Course code: USGS-OED-QW1022-Blended
Course title: Water-Quality Principles (Blended)

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This online, instructor-facilitated course provides foundational training for personnel who are or will be engaged in the study and collection of water-quality data and the managers of, or other participants in, such investigations. It provides an undergraduate-level introduction to the scientific principles, concepts, and practices that underlie the development and execution of water-quality studies and covers inorganic, organic, and isotope chemistry; ecology; microbiology; concepts of quality assurance and quality control in project work; considerations in evaluating the sources, fate, and transport of contaminants in the aqueous environment; and introduces simple graphing methods commonly used for analysis of water-quality data.

The course begins with a WebEx on January 12, 2016, and is to be completed by February 19, 2016. The course includes two more WebEx sessions (approximately 1-hour each) on dates to be determined later. Although the course is self-paced within the constraints of the posted start/end dates and scheduled WebEx sessions, the workload is substantial, as it involves assigned readings, lesson exercises, and completion of a case-study project and presentation. On the basis of past student experiences, students should set aside at least 80 to 100 hours to complete the course within the allotted five-week period.


Attendance is limited to 20 participants.

Course Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites for this class. Although not required, some background in high school or undergraduate chemistry is useful. Supervisory permission is required when registering for the course.

Please contact Staci Unruh 303-236-9351 or sdunruh to provide tuition payment information.
Delivery method: ILT
Instructional hours: 80
Credits/CEUs: 0
Vendor: USGS-OED

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