Laboratory Classes in Hydrobiology
FCH-BCO_HYB_PAcad. year: 2018/2019
The objective of the course is to give students practically oriented information about basic methods of qualitative and quantitative hydrobilogical analysis. The subject consists of following topics: Basics of microscopic techniques and fundamental principles of water sampling. The sampling of activated sludge from waste-water treatment plant and its consequent analysis, introduction to other methods of microorganisms determination in wastewater. Sampling of flowing and stagnant waters and their consequent analysis. Determination of saprobic index. Excursion to laboratories focussed on hydrobiological and microbiological examination of water.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Increased knowledge, skills and competencies of students will be reflected in the following areas:
Mastering of the practical implementation of the qualitative and quantitative hydrobiological analysis associated with handling microscopic techniques. Familiarization with sampling methods of different types of waters, sediments, benthic macroinvertebrates, phyto-and zooplankton. Understanding of saprobic index calculation and its importance for the estimation of surface water pollution. Introduction to basic standards in the field of analysis and assessment of drinking and surface water quality.
Students will be able to expand their knowledge and skills to confront it during excursion in hydrobiological and chemical laboratories of VÚVH in Brno.
Basic knowledge of the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Ambrožová J.: Mikroskopické praktikum z hydrobiologie, VŠCHT, Praha 2002 (CS)
Sládečková A., Vymazal J., Sládeček V.:Návody k laboratořím z technické hydrobiologie (CS)
Sládečková A., Sládeček V.: Hydrobiologie, ČVUT, Praha 1997 (CS)
Chudoba J., Dohányos M., Wanner J.: Biologické čištění odpadních vod, VŠCHT, Praha 1998 (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course uses teaching methods in form of Laboratory exercise - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
A prerequisite for obtaining credit is:
Elaboration protocols for practical tasks in the required quality.
Preparation of a presentation on the given topic, and 100% participation.
The above mentioned is taken into account in the final evaluation, which is based on the successful graduation of the final test (10 questions).
Language of instruction
1. Fundamentals of microscopic technique, the basic principles of water sampling.
2. Summary of basic methods for determination of quantitative and qualitative hydrobiological analysis.
3. The sampling and consequent analysis of samples of stagnat water (microskopic image according to ČSN norm, identification of macrozoobenthos).
4. The sampling and consequent analysis of samples of running water (microskopic image according to ČSN norm, identification of macrozoobenthos).
5. Monitoring of wastewater - analysis of activated sludge, microskopic image according to ČSN norm.
6. Saprobity, calculation of saprobity index.
7. Presentations of selected topics.
8. Excursions accredited laboratories dealing with hydrobiological and microbiological water analysis.
The aim of this course is gaining of practical knowledge and experience in the processing of native and fixed hydrobiological material, familiarization with the basic methods for determination of organisms important for different types of aquatic habitats. This knowledge supplemented by information obtained in the lectures of Hydrobiology course will enable to better understand the problems associated with water protection technology and a water treatment technologies, whose mastery is essential for the application in practice.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Oral examination in each practice lessons with aim to check the preparedness of students.
Develop a protocol for the given tasks.
Processing power-point presentation
Credit test at the end of the course.
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's
branch BKCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's
branch BPCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning
branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional