ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE on “Water quality modelling”

Given by

Name:    PhD. Long Ho                    

PhD. Wout Van Echelpoel            

Institution      :     Ghent University (UGent), Belgium

Starting date  :      28-03-2018

Final date       :     31-03-2018

Location         :     An Giang University (AGU)

1. Objective of the activity

This course aims at providing to Cambodian teachers an overview of  different types of models which can be applied not only in the water quality management field but also in many others, such as agriculture, aquaculture, economical development. In the water quality modelling, habitat suitability modelling, integrated modelling (integrated urban and watershed modelling) are reviewed and applied in WEKA software. In addition, they also have one day for working on WEKA software and develop the models themselves.

2. Program of the course

Short description
This course includes five components: introduction to water ecosystems, water quality management, field practise, laboratory work and water quality modelling
Main aims
The first introductory course aims at providing the basic understanding of water modelling and assessment of invertebrates and fish communities are described.

The last course presents an overview of the most important processes that determine water quality, and an overview of methodologies to construct process-based water quality models.

Learning methods
  • Lecture
  • Independent work
  • Practical work

3. Report of the trainer

Generally speaking, the quality of the course and attendees were more than expected. There were 11 attendees coming from all four university (see annex 1). Most of them have sufficient basic required knowledge and English skills to apprehend the knowledge from the course. Two of them missed the first two class due to a mistake related to the location of the class.

As following the Water Quality Management ATC, the course emphasized the importance of water management in biodiversity conservation in which models have been proved as a useful tool for this purpose. The trainers led the content from general knowledge to some specific information regarding the models. Different types of models with different purposes were introduced step by step as the concept of modelling technique seemed to be new to the participants. By giving opportunity to the learners to apply knowledge into real circumstances, such as building data-driven model in WEKA software or processing the data in Excel, the learners showed their understanding. After 2 sessions of practicing, the participants were able to implement the models themselves. However, there were some difficulties to deliver some concepts, such as statistical models, and integrated models. To deal with these difficulties, self-study was encourage. All presentations, together with course notes, were distributed via emails. Hard copy of all presentations were prepared in advance. Many small exercises during the course were given to those who want to practice their understanding and obtain the certificate of knowledge and skill requirement.

4. Summary of attendees’ surveys

With this course I have acquired advanced knowledge about the topic 8 3.75
Has clearly presented the course syllabus 8 4.375
Has covered the course syllabus without any important problems 8 3.75
Explains the course contents in a clear, structured and ordered way 8 4.5
The support materials provided are helpful 8 4.625
Creates a participatory atmosphere for students in the classroom 8 4.375
Has motivated me and has sparked my generated interest in the course 8 4.5
Is accessible and provides out-of-class support 8 4.25
Has met the expectations I had about the course 8 4.375
Before following this course, did you have already studied this topic? If yes, since how many years? 7 1
Do you think that lecture will be useful for your research activities? 8 0
Do you think that lecture will be useful for your teaching activities? 8 0
Are you interested in learning more about water quality and modelling? If yes, indicate the topics that you are interested in. 8 0
Evaluate the teaching 8 4.5
Evaluate the course syllabus 8 4.5


The detail of these survey can be found in Annex 2.

5. Discussion about the implementation of the ATC in the framework of the MSA

Water is at the core of sustainable development and critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. It is vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, welfare and productivity of populations. It is central to the production and preservation of a host of benefits and services for people. Therefore, it is important in this Master Programme of Biodiversity Conservation that its students can aware of the crucial role of water management in agricultural activities. Moreover, they can apply basic model to understand water ecology and predict water quality. Hence, this water quality management course can be taken as an elective course in the MSA. The detail of this course can be found in Annex 3.

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