The course is structured around the following three specializations:
Α) Certificate in Drinking Water Microbiology
Β) Certificate in Swimming and recreational Waters or the combined course:
C) Certificate in Water Microbiology
Courses A) and B) consist of 8 modules, five of which are offered to all participants. Three modules differ depending on the specialization the participant wishes to focus on (i.e. drinking water or recreational water microbiology). Participants wishing to take the combined course need to take all 11 modules. Τhe two weeks in Greece (the introductory and the final one) are available for all students (with extra fees).
The 1st – Introduction Week (Optional) – will take place in Athens after the end of the first module, that is the third week on the course. This week will include a welcome party and opportunity to get to know the teaching team, an introduction to water microbiology, visits to laboratories working with water and sewage samples, and visits to water and sewage purification plants. During the week, participants will have the chance to do some sightseeing and find out more about modern Athens as well as its ancient past and achievements, which had such a seminal impact on European civilization.
The 2nd – Final Week, Laboratory Practice (Optional)
During the last week of the Programme the students will travel to Patras/Greece and they will be trained at the laboratory of Environmental Microbiology Unit Department of Public Health Medical School University of Patras http://www.iwaterfood.gr/en/. The practicals will include hands-on experience in the isolation of bacterial indicators for water quality and pathogenic microorganisms with a special emphasis on virology, a developing field that promises to help our understanding of waterborne infections. Students will partake in the procedures for isolating and identifying microorganisms, performing the benchwork themselves. They will also be trained in 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 Programme duration is four (4) months. Study hours, including the assignments at the end of every module, the final assignment and the final test is estimated to 140 hours for those who choose one specialisation (corresponding to 7 ECVET points). It is estimated to 220 hours for those who train in both specialisations (corresponding to 11 ECVET points).
Attending the final week Practical (optional) is estimated to 30 hours (1.5 ECVET point).
The eclass team and tools
The Programme is taught by course tutors who are practising university Professors 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.
The Course Material will be sent electronically.
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.
The Final Exam will take place online during the last week of the course.