Course detail

Hydrobiology and Ecotoxicology

FAST-NCA005Acad. year: 2020/2021

The basic hydrobiological expressions, biology of stagnant and running waters, self-purification processes in surface water, eutrophication, determination of saprobic sytem of surface water, biology of underground water, biological indicators of pollution.
The basic ecotoxicological principles, kinds of toxic effects, factors affecting toxicity, environmental monitoring, problem of xenobiotics, ecotoxigological biotests, legislation.


Institute of Chemistry (CHE)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will master the aim of the subject, i.e. basic knowledge of hydrobiology and aquatic ecotoxicology.


general knowledge on biology, ability to do laboratory work, ability to evaluate laboratory results, writing the reports, measurements data processing


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic hydrobiological and ecological concepts.
2. Hydrobiology of stagnant and running water, self-purification.
3. Trophic classifications of surface water.
4. Saprobic system of surface water quality assessment.
5. Biology of underground water.
6. Biological indicators of pollution.
7. Basic ecotoxicological concepts, kinds of toxicity, factors affecting toxicity.
8. Main pollutants in environment.
9. Effects of xenobiotics on organisms.
10. Sampling and sample preparation, factors affecting results.
11. Ecotoxicological biotests.
12. Evaluation of toxicity tests, interpretation of results.
13. Legislation. Audiovisual presentation of ecotoxicological biotests.


Basic knowledge of hydrobiology and aquatic ecotoxicology.

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

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPC-SIV Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer