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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Environmental Chemistry - AB217015
Title: Environmental Chemistry
Guaranteed by: Department of Water Technology and Environmental Engineering (217)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Old code: EKO
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Kujalová Hana Ing. Ph.D.
Kyselová Veronika Ing. Ph.D.
Šír Marek Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : AB240004, B240004, N240010
Annotation -
The aim of the course is to provide information on the formation, movement and transformations of various chemical substances in the individual components of the environment - the atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere. Attention is focused on the study of chemical and biochemical processes in the environment, the influence of pollutants on natural processes. Students are introduced to the major environmental pollutants, current events and trends in environmental protection. The course also focuses on climate change and its consequences for the environment.
Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Aim of the course -

Students will be able to: characterize individual components of the environment in terms of the occurrence of chemicals, their transformation and transport; interpret the fate of chemicals in the environment; describe and explain the problems associated with pollution of individual components of the environment, discuss the possibility of remedial measures.

Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Literature -

Manahan S.E.: Environmental Chemistry, Eleventh Edition, CRC Press, 2022, ISBN 9780367558871

Manahan S.E.: Environmental Science and Technology: A Sustainable Approach to Green Science and Technology, Second Edition, CRC Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0849395123

Ibanez J.G.: Environmental chemistry: fundamentals, Springer, 2007, ISBN 978-0387260617

Beard J.M.: Environmental chemistry in society, 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis, 2013, ISBN 978-1439892671

vanLoon G.W., Duffy S.J.: Environmental Chemistry: A global perspective, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0199228867

Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Learning resources -

Last update: Cibulková Jana (21.03.2023)
Requirements to the exam -

In order to pass the exam, you must score a minimum of 51 out of 100 points in the written test, which can be taken on announced dates during the exam period. There are two make-up dates in addition to the regular one, which can also be used to improve the grade (the teacher must be informed of this intention). The grading of the test follows the usual scale: 91-100 A, 81-90 B, 71-80 C, 61-70 D, 51-50 E, <50 F. No literature or notes of any kind are allowed in the writing of the test.

Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Syllabus -

1. Introduction to environmental chemistry; scope and significance of the course

2. Pollutants in the hydrosphere and their transport in the water cycle; Toxic metals in water

3. Acidification of surface waters; Nutrients and the consequences of their increased concentration in waters

4. Radioactive contamination of waters; Oxygen regime and self-cleaning of surface waters

5. Organic pollution of waters, micropollutants, plastics and microplastics; Microbial contamination of waters

6. Atmospheric structure and factors affecting air quality

7. Water in the atmosphere, cloud formation and the mechanism of precipitation

8. Gaseous major constituents and air pollutants

9. Chemistry of ozone and the mechanism of the greenhouse effect

10.Characteristics of the rock environment, soil formation processes, composition and properties of soils

11.Physico-chemical processes in soil, basics of hydrogeology, relation to biological processes

12.Origin, characteristics and distribution of selected types of contaminants in the geosphere

13.Biotransformation of chemicals, types of biodegradation reactions, biotic environmental equilibria

14.Consequences of climate change in the environment

Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Registration requirements -

No prerequisites

Last update: Cibulková Jana (21.03.2023)
Course completion requirements -

The course ends with a written examination - a test consisting of open-ended questions on all topics covered in the course syllabus.

Last update: Kujalová Hana (17.09.2023)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1 28
3 / 3 84 / 84
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Examination test 100