Course detail

Environmental chemistry

FCH-MCO_CZP2Acad. year: 2018/2019

Students will have a clear idea on present state of environment in the Czech Republic. Basic terms and relationships characterising behaviour and fate of substances in environment, i.e. environmental interface and chemical equilibrium, persistence of substances in environment, environmental equilibriums, transport in and between environmental compartments including chemical and transformation reactions. Bioaccumulation, bioenrichment, biodegradation, biotransformation. Important groups of environment pollutants. Environmentalˇs reaction. Environmental reactions occurring in different parts of the environment, ie atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere pedosphere.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquisition of knowledge on both processes influencing behaviour of substances in environment and on transfers among individual compartments of environment
1. Students gain characterize individual components of the environment and the types of pollutants that can contaminate the folder
2. Students manage to describe the distribution of inorganic and organic pollutants on the boundary phases, ie between the atmosphere and hydrosphere, atmosphere, and pedosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere
3. Students will learn to define photochemical reactions in the atmosphere and other environmental reaction, which is the distribution of pollutants
4. Students learn to perform assessment of the level of contamination of ecosystems
5. Students manage to describe the possibility of contamination of biotic matrices from the environment, ie from the atmosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere


Successful completion of the course Chemie environmental protection in the Bachelor's program, or objects with the same focus, if students have not completed undergraduate studies at our faculty


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Ivan Holoubek: Chemie životního prostředí II (handouts), , 0 (CS)
Káš: Biochemie životního prostředí (CS)
Bassett: Handbook of Environmental Health (CS)
Williams I.: Environmental Chemistry (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 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

The oral test, which will be evaluated on their knowledge relief substances and recommended literature; presentation of the essay

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Block 1
1. Principle of evaluation of state of environment in the Czech Republic
2. Description of the abiotic components of the ecosystem in terms of the possibility of penetration of contaminants
3. Methods of assessing the level of contamination of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, biosphere
Block 2
1. The possibility of inorganic and organic pollutants in the various components of the ecosystem
2. Physico-chemical aspects necessary for evaluating distribution between phases
Block 3
1. Types of priority pollutants and their transfer within the different components of ecosystems
Block 4
1. Chemical reactions allowing the transfer of pollutants between environmental
Block 5
1. Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere and their importance for secondary contamination by atmospheric transmission
2. Types of environmental chemical reactions


Obtaining knowledge about the chemical aspects of the environment, especially on the entry of contaminants into the individual components of the environment. Will be presented particular transformation of the phase interface and the ways possible degradation. Introducing students to new types of organic pollutants based on organo pollutants and substituted PAHs.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Essay on an assigned topic and its presentation

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme NPCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer