Course: Environmental Chemistry

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Course title Environmental Chemistry
Course code VURH/ENCH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
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)
  • Grabic Roman, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course will be focused on elements and compounds belonging to micropollutants category (heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other personal care products). In general part, the groups will be characterised from both toxicological and physical-chemical properties perspectives.The global cycles of elements and transport mechanisms of pollution will be presented too. The hydrosphere will be accented due to students main focus. Relatioships among the sources, stability, transport mechanisms, organism accumulation and effect on organisms will be given in lectures. The part of the lectures will be dedicated to sampling and analytical methods. Data evaluation and analysis methods will be briefly presented too. The excercises will be foćused both theoretically (work with databazes, calculations etc) and practically water sampling, HPLC/MS/MS analysis and data evaluation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Demonstration, Laboratory
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 45 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Understanding to basic chemical processes in compartments of the environment. Understanding to both global and local transport mechanisms of chemicals. Understanding to relation among the structure, behaviour of chemical compounds and their effects on organisms. Introduction to anylytical method of pollutans and methods of data evaluation.
Students will be able to connect skills and knowledge of toxicology, hydochemistry, chemistry and biology for solving problems associated with environment. Students will obtain basic overview on methods of pollutant analysis, data eveluation, data analysis and results presentation.
Prerequisites
The knowledge of basic university chemistry - general, physical, organic, hydrochemistry and biochemistry at the level of bachelor graduate at Faculty of Fischeries and Protection of Water.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Development of laboratory protocols

Presence at min. 80% of seminars (excercising). Presence at laboratory (practical) exercising. Written tests ongoing + final credit test - min. 60% success rate. Seminar work - given theme will be worked out and oraly prezented at last seminar.
Recommended literature
  • Stanley E. Manahan. Environmental Chemistry 9th edition. CRC Press, USA, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4200-5920-5.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery and Protection of Waters (2021) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery and Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter