Course detail

Analytical Chemistry in Environmental Practice

FCH-BC_ACEAcad. year: 2023/2024

Determination of basic physical and chemical indicators of drinking water quality, evaluation of measured parameters with valid legislation (pH, organoleptic properties, basic chemical indicators). Analysis of other types of water - surface water, groundwater, mineral water and waste water. Determination of inorganic and organic substances present in waters. Assesment will use the basic instrumental methods and methods of mobile analytics.
Application of mobile analytics methods for soil quality determination.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of environmental chemistry and the basics of analytical chemistry.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

classified credit

Award condition:
- completing all laboratory tasks, submitting all results and protocols at the required quality.
Processing of protocols for given laboratory tasks, verification of knowledge during practices, analysis of own water sample, evaluation of results of analyzes with respect to valid legislation.


The aim of the subject "Analytical Chemistry in Environmental Practice" is to acquaint students with selected analytical methods, used in practice in analyzes of environmental matrices, especially water and soil.
Passing the course will increase students' competencies as follows:

1. They will acquire basic practical knowledge of analytical chemistry of water and soil necessary for their application in practice.
2. They will be oriented in selected analytical techniques and procedures.
3. Practically verify the application of the ČSN standards and valid legislation in the field of water and soil protection.
4. Students will manage all the necessary calculations and will control the evaluation of the analytical results obtained by the individual analyzes.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ČSN normy: (CS)
Horáková M. a kol. : Analytika vody, VŠCHT, Praha 2007 (CS)
Pitter, P. : Hydrochemie, VŠCHT, Praha 2009 (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_ECHBM Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme BPCP_ECHBM Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Laboratory exercise

52 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to practice, safety of work, methodology of work in analytical laboratory.
2. Determination of organoleptic properties in different water types, measurement of physical parameters (pH, conductivity, hardness, alkalinity and acidity).
3. Determination of BOD and COD (COD Mn, COD Cr).
4. Measurement of absorbance and absorption spectra, measurement of turbidity.
5. Determination of the color of surface water containing humic substances.
6. Spectrophotometric determination of basic cations in water (iron, manganese, aluminum, ammonium ions).
7. Spectrophotometric determination of basic anions in waters (nitrates, nitrates, phosphates, chlorides, fluorides).
8. Determination of alkaline earth metals by emission flame spectrometry.
9. Determination of risk elements in waters.
10. Practical use of screening methods of mobile analytics for water analysis.
11. Use of mobile analytics for soil analysis.
12. Analyze your own unknown sample of drinking or surface water.