Course: Introduction to Aquatic Chemistry

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Course title Introduction to Aquatic Chemistry
Course code VURH/HCHF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Valentová Olga, Ing.
  • Kocour Kroupová Hana, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Máchová Jana, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Zálohová Klára, Ing.
Course content
Subject "Basics of aquatic chemistry" includes following topics: 1) General properties of water 2) Expressing the quantitative composition of water 3) Carbonate equilibrium, pH, buffering capacity of water 4) Non-metallic elements in water - N, P, S, halogens and their compounds 5) Metals, toxic metals, and metalloids in water 6) Gases dissolved in water 7) Organic substances - BOD, COD, TOC, DOC 8) Organic substances humic substances, phenols, PCBs, AOXs, detergents, surfactants 9) Organoleptic properties of water 10) Surface water categorization 11) Atmospheric water - composition and effect on surface water 12) Waste waters - composition and effect on surface water 13) Eutrophication of water, its causes and consequences 14) Self-cleaning processes in water

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Demonstration, Laboratory, E-learning
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 69 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of this subject is to give the students basic information about physical and chemical properties of water and their significance for fish culture under natural conditions and in rearing systems with water recirculation. Students will also be familiarized with analysis of basic water parameters and learn how to interpret its results.
Students will gain basic knowledge about physical and chemical properties of water with an emphasis on the significance of water quality parameters for welfare of aquatic organisms, particularly fish. Students will also be familiarized with analysis of basic water parameters and will be able to carry out these analyses independently. Moreover, they will be able to interpret results of water analysis and to assess quality of the water and the possibility of its usage for different purposes.
Prerequisites
It's advisable to pass the subjects Chemistry I and Mathematics
VURH/CHE1
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VURH/CHE1K

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Development of laboratory protocols

Conditions for obtaining credit: 100% attendance of laboratory training and demonstration lessons. Students have to submit correct protocols from all laboratory trainings in due time. Students have to pass 2 credit tests (calculations based; students have to obtain more than 50 % points in both tests). Conditions for oral examination: to be allowed to go to the oral examination, students have to get credit and pass a test (theory based; students have to obtain more than 60 % points).
Recommended literature
  • Horáková, M. a kol. Analytika vody, Vydavatelství VŠCHT.
  • Pitter, P. Hydrochemie. VŠCHT, Praha, 2009.
  • Svobodová, Z., Máchová, J., Veselý, V., Modrá, H., Svoboda, M., a kol., 2003. Veterinární toxikologie. Praktická cvičení část I. VFU Brno.
  • Valentová, O., Máchová, J., Kocour Kroupová, H. Základy hydrochemie ? návody pro laboratorní cvičení. Vodňany, 2013. ISBN 978-80-87437-46-9.


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): Protection of Waters (2019) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2018) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery (2018) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): - (2020) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery (2020) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer