Course: Aquatic and soil chemistry

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Course title Aquatic and soil chemistry
Course code UCH/450
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In academic years starting with an odd year (e.g. 2017/2018), in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Kahounová Ludmila, Mgr.
  • Klementová Šárka, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Physico-chemical spects of water (general properties: odour, colour, temperature, absorption of electromagnetic radiation, solubility; thermodynamics and kinetics of reactions in water; pH, acids, bases, carbonate system; complexation reactions; sorption reactions; oxidation - reduction reactions). 2. Inorganic substances in natural waters. 3. Organic substances in natural waters. 4. Influence of biological and physico-chemical processes on water quality. 5. Pollution in water ecosystems. Origin, function, categorisation of soils. Chemical properties of soils. Soil solution, soil gas. Acid-base equilibria in the soil solution. Redox equilibria in the soil solution. Adsorption processes in soils. Content of practices: Determination of: orthophosphates (spectrophotometrically), nitrates (ISE), nitrites (Bendschneider-Robinson method), sulfates (conductometrically), iron in ores (AAS). Evaluation of possible methods for a selected organic pollutant in water or soil sample and limits of the methods.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Skills training, Laboratory, Individual preparation for exam
  • Class attendance - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 80 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course in the part of aquatic chemistry is to present information about composition of aquatic systems, chemical processes influencing composition and properties of the systems and the analytical methods used in aquatic chemistry. In the part of soil chemistry introduction into origin, categorization and chemical characteristics of soils is presented.
Students learn to apply the principles of physical chemistry on aquatic and soil system. They master all fundamental chemical processes in fresh as well as ocean waters and in soils. Students become competent in performing classical methods of fresh waters analysis, they are also introduced into some modern instrumental methods - in cooperation with the Institute of Hydrobiology (Academy of Science)
Prerequisites
Advanced knowledge of inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry is required. Practical skills in chemical laboratory are needed.
UCH/CV104
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UCH/031
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UCH/104 and UCH/034 and UCH/110

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Development of laboratory protocols

To pass the course a student must successfully complete practical part and succeed in written examination (60 %).
Recommended literature
  • Brezonik W.L., Arnold W.A.: Water Chemistry - An Introduction to the Chemistry of Natural and Engineered Aquatic Systems. Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 2011.
  • Jensen J.N.: A Problem Solving Approach to Aquatic Chemistry. Wiley, New York, 2003.
  • P. Pitter: Hydrochemie, 2. vydání. SNTL Praha 1990, 565s..
  • Strawn D.G., Bohn H. L., O´Connor G.A: Soil Chemistry, 4th edition, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 2015.
  • Water chemistry laboratory manual, EPA841-B-04-008, Washington D.C., 2004.


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