617-3009/02 – Methods of Environmental Monitoring (MMŽP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ChemistryCredits6
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Petr Praus, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Petr Praus, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
PRA37 prof. Ing. Petr Praus, Ph.D.
VON37 Ing. Jiřina Vontorová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

- To acquaint students with basic by methods used for monitoring organic and inorganic substances in the environment. - To acquaint students with the basic types of toxic substances and their chemical, physical and toxicological properties. - Provide students with a comprehensive view of the environmental monitoring system. - To acquaint students with basic legislation in the environmental protection. Acquired knowledge and skills - Ability to understand the principles of the methods used. - The ability to apply these methods in practice. - Ability to interpret measured data. - Ability to understand the system of environmental controls.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Other activities


Compulsory literature:

HOWARD, A. Aquatic environmental chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998, 90 s. MERIAN, E a Thomas W CLARKSON. Metals and their compounds in the environment: occurrence, analysis, and biological relevance. Weinheim: VCH, c1991, 1438 s.

Recommended literature:

NOLLET, Leo M. Chromatographic analysis of the environment. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006, 297 s. BAILEY, R. Chemistry of the environment. 2nd ed. San Diego: Academic Press, 2002, 835 s.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Credit test and oral exam.


Other requirements

Fundamental knowledge from Analytical and Physical Chemistry.


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
617-2026 ACHI Analytical Chemistry I Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Characteristics of analytical methods, the choice of methods, internal (control charts) and external (inter-laboratory comparisons) quality control in the laboratory, reference materials, accreditation, authorization. Monitoring organizations in the Czech Republic. 2. Sampling of air, water and soil. The method of collection, preservation and storage. 3. Preparation of the sample, extraction of samples, analyzes and extracts of solid samples . 4. Gas and liquid chromatography: separation principles, instrumentation, sample injection , the choice of columns and detectors. Sample pretratment prior to analysis. 5. Spectral analysis: atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy, UV-VIS absorption and infrared spectrometry. Principles and instrumentation, sample tratment prior to analysis. 6. Electrochemical methods of analysis: potencipmetrie, conductometry voltammetry. Principles and instrumentation. Sample tratment prior to analysis. 7. Determination mnonoaromatických and polyaromatic hydrocarbons using liquid and gas chromatography. Determination of light hydrocarbons, dioxins and furans by gas chromatography. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 8. Determination of parameters group of organic substances in water : extractable and non-polar extractable substances, volatile organic compounds, absorbable and extractable organic compounds, surfactants, COD, BOD5. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 9. Determination of polychlorinated biphenyls and phenols by gas and liquid chromatography. Determination of phenols other methods. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 10. Determination of pesticides, dioxins and furans by gas and liquid chromatography. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 11. Determination of sulfur, carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen sulphide and ammonia by UV-VIS and IR spectrometry, chromatography, and titration methods. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 12. Determination of ozone, fluorine compounds, phenols, formaldehyde using UV-VIS and IR spectroscopy and chromatography. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 13. Determination of heavy metals by atomic absorption, atomic emission (ICP- OES), UV-VIS spectroscopy, polarography and voltammetry. Speciation analysis. Occupational exposure limits thereof. 14. Determination of inorganic anions using UV-VIS spectroscopy, ion chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and isotachophoresis, ion selective electrodes and classical methods (gravimetry and volumetric analysis). Occupational exposure limits thereof. Laboratory excercises - Introductory lesson - information on laboratory exercises, safety, laboratory rules, prerequisites, working groups, etc. - Determination of hydrogen chloride in the air by VIS spectrophotometry - Polarographic determination of cadmium and zinc in fly ash - Identification of the organic solvent by gas chromatography - Determination of ammonia in air by VIS spectrophotometry - Potentiometric determination of hydrogen sulfide in emissions - Polarographic determination of nickel and zinc in wastewater - Determination of total iron in water by VIS spectrophotometry - Determination of nitrate in waters by UV spectrophotometry - Determination of sulphate by conductometric titration - Determination of cadmium and lead by atomic absorption spectrophotometry - Determination of nitrite in water by VIS spectrophotometry - Determination of chloride ion selective electrode - Potentiometric determination of pH - Conductometric determination of specific electrolytic conductivity of water

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 45  20
        Examination Examination 55  6 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Participation in all laboratory tasks, correct preparation and submission of laboratory protocols, final credit test in the theory of laboratory tasks and two computational examples - the minimum success rate is 60%.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (N0712A130004) Chemical and environmental engineering (S03) Methods of Analysis for Chemical and Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0712A130004) Chemical and environmental engineering (S03) Methods of Analysis for Chemical and Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0712A130004) Chemical and environmental engineering (S03) Methods of Analysis for Chemical and Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

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Assessment of instruction

2021/2022 Winter