Course detail


FCH-MCO_RADAcad. year: 2018/2019

This course presents to students the question of radionuclide occurence and behaviour in the environment, the natural and artificial sources of radionuclides and their influence on the human organism, and finally with the methods of radionuclide monitoring in the environment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Completion of the course will increase students' knowledge as follows:
1. Students will acquire basic knowledge, principles and definitions related to the issue of radioactive material in the environment
2. Students will be well versed in the issues of the effects of ionizing radiation on the environment
3. Students will be able to objectively evaluate current issues, such as the relationship between nuclear energy and radioactive waste to the environment.


Passing of the course "Nuclear Chemisty" is required. Good knowledge in mathematics, physics, inorganic chemistry, basic chemistry, physical chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

M. Eisenbud: Environmental Radioactivity, 3rd edition. Academic Press, Inc., Orlando, 1987. (CS)
R. L. Kathren: Radioactivity in the Environment. Harwood Academic Publishers, London, 1984. (CS)
J. Hála, J. D. Navratil: Radioactivity, Ionizing Radiation, and Nuclear Energy. Konvoj, Brno, 2003. (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

Passing of the course "Nuclear Chemisty" is required.
The examination is oral, the knowledge in the extent of lectures is evaluated.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic terms and definitions
2. Cosmic radiation
3. Natural radionuclides
4. Radon and products of its decay
5. Mining and processing of uranium ore
6. Nuclear power plants. Chernobyl disaster.
7. Radioactive wastes
8. Alternative sources of ionizing radiation


The aim of this course is:
- to present students sources of radioactive substances and ionizing radiation in the environment
- presentation of their effects on the human body
- give an overview of protection against the effects of radioactive substances

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NKCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NKCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

  • Programme NPCP_CHTOZP Master's

    branch NPCO_CHTOZP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer