Course: Environmental Chemistry

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Course title Environmental Chemistry
Course code UCH/953
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
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
  • Porcal Petr, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Chemistry of energy (mass balance; chemical kinetics and equilibrium). 2. Earth and geochemistry (composition of Earth crust; rocks and minerals; weathering; use of natural sources). 3. Biogeochemistry (biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus). 4. Atmospheric chemistry (composition; photochemical processes, ozone; weather). 5. Fresh water chemistry, glaciers (availability of water; surface and ground waters; natural and waste waters). 6. Sea water chemistry (salinity; ocean currents). 7. Toxicology (quality of the environment, toxins in the environment, waste; sustainable chemical processes). 8. Radiochemistry (radioactive isotopes; the use of nuclear reactions; radioactive waste). 9. Soil and sediment chemistry (source, composition and structure; organic matter; sorption properties). 10. Fire chemistry (fossil sources; products of combustion, smoke, smog; fire retardants). 11. Climate (natural climate oscillations; ice ages; temperature changes; CO2 in the air). 12. Astrochemistry (Sun = source of energy; solar cycle; elements in space).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Individual preparation for exam
  • Preparation for classes - 60 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Introduction to the Environmental chemistry.
knowledge about environmental chemistry
Knowledge of inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry at Bc level.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Systematic student observation

Self reading of recommended scientific literature and its discussion.
Recommended literature
  • Manahan S.E.: Environmental chemistry, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2005..
  • vanLoon Environmental chemistry: A global perspective, Oxford Univ. Press 2011.
  • Williams I: Environmental Chemistry, Wiley, Hoboken, 2003..

Study plans that include the course
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