Course detail

Current developments in environmental chemistry

FCH-MA_ENG12Acad. year: 2020/2021

Presentation, analysis and discussion of current scientific literature and ongoing research projects on re-use of waste water in agriculture, fate and effects of engineered nanoparticles, soil quality and soil degradation, soil water repellency, sorption of organic and inorganic chemicals on soil particles, suspended matter and colloids, engineered nanoparticles; interactions between contaminants and environment, relation between environmental processes and biological effects of organic chemicals and nanoparticles. The seminar task is to conduct a scientific literature review including data base research in the context of these or related topics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students are able to conduct scientific literature researches,
to choose, find, analyse, present and discuss literature and to work with scientific literature data bases.
to transfer basic knowledge to specific scientific problems
to discuss on scientific level.
know the rules of writing of English scientific texts.

Prerequisites

basics of general and environmental chemistry

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Will be recomended based on selected subject (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

seminars 2h/week, individual work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The students prepare a review on selected subject, minimally 10 A4 pages plus presentation of their work for other students.

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Presentation, analysis and discussion of current scientific literature and ongoing research projects on re-use of waste water in agriculture, fate and effects of engineered nanoparticles, soil quality and soil degradation, soil water repellency, sorption of organic and inorganic chemicals on soil particles, suspended matter and colloids, engineered nanoparticles; interactions between contaminants and environment, relation between environmental processes and biological effects of organic chemicals and nanoparticles. The seminar task is to conduct a scientific literature review including data base research in the context of these or related topics.

Aims

The students are able to conduct scientific literature researches, to choose, find, analyse, present and discuss literature and to work with scientific literature data bases. They are able to become acquainted with new theoretical and practical knowledge, to transfer basic knowledge to specific scientific problems and to discuss on scientific level. The students are able to transfer basic knowledge in chemistry and ecology to specific scientific topics and applications. The students are familiar with environmental-chemical processes in terrestrial and aquatic systems, the physicochemistry behind them, the interactions between the systems and organic and inorganic contaminants and their relevance for transport, enrichment, toxicity and bioavailability. The students know the rules of writing of English scientific texts.

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

presence on seminars is compulsory

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPAP_ENVI Master's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit

 

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer