Course: Basic Limnological Methods

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Course title Basic Limnological Methods
Course code KBE/452
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the summer semester.
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kopáček Jiří, prof. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Vrba Jaroslav, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Znachor Petr, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Šorf Michal, RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: Content of practices: Basic instruments and techniques for sampling of water, zooplankton, and phytoplankton along a water column profile and sediments for chemical analyses and benthos. Measurements and evaluation of temperature, oxygen, and phosphorus stratification in deep reservoirs. Laboratory techniques include: (1) chemical methods (pH, alkalinity, phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, calcium and magnesium, chemical oxygen demand), (2) biological methods (phytoplankton counting and biovolumes, chlorophyll-a, zooplankton fractionation and biomass, biological oxygen demand, benthos separation, bacterial counts).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration, Laboratory
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim is to introduce and practice common limnological (physical, chemical, and biological) methods. The practical is focused on field techniques of water, sediment, and plankton sampling and laboratory methods of basic chemical and biological analyses.
Practical use of common limnological (physical, chemical, and biological) methods.
No special requirements.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Presence at all practical demonstrations of individual methods, knowledge of their theoretical principles, correct preparation of laboratory protocols.
Recommended literature
  • Downing, J.A. and F.H. Rigler (eds.). 1984: A manual on methods for the assessment of secondary productivity in fresh waters. - 501 p., IBP Handbook 17, 2nd ed. Blackwell Sci. Publ., Oxford and Edinb.
  • Hrbáček a kol., 1972: Limnologické metody. – 208 p. Skriptum. Univerzita Karlova, fakulta přírodovědecká.
  • Wetzel R.G., G.E. Likens, 1991: Limnological analyses. - 2nd ed. Springer, New York.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science Study plan (Version): Ecosystem Biology (1) Category: Ecology and environmental protection - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer