Course detail

Environmental Sampling

FCH-BC_ZVEAcad. year: 2023/2024

In the course, the student gets acquainted in detail with the principles of proper sampling of individual environmental matrices and biotic samples, including the use of statistics to estimate the size of the matrix taken. SOP processing for sampling areas. The basis of the course will also be to acquaint students with quality assurance and sampling quality for the complex area of ​​environmental analysis, ie for all components of the environment, including all biological and environmental matrices. Lectures will focus on sampling of drinking and groundwater, surface water from water reservoirs and running water, including sediments, rainwater and on the sampling of wastewater, sludge from wastewater treatment plants and extracts from them. The next part will be devoted to sampling of municipal and hazardous waste, soil sampling and sampling of biotic matrices. They will get acquainted with the principles of active and passive sampling in the sampling technique.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Not applicable.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Horálek V. a kol.. Vzorkování I Obecné zásady, 2 THETA Český Těšín, 2010, ISBN: 978-80-86380-53-7 (CS)
Kotlík B a kol.: Vzorkování II životní prostředí, 2 THETA Český Těšín, 2016, ISBN: 978-80-86380-81-0 (CS)

Recommended reading

Koplík R. a kol.: Vzorkování III potraviny, zemědělství, předměty běžného užívání, 2 THETA Český Těšín, 2016, ISBN: 978-80-86380-80-3 (CS)
Ševčík J. G. K. a kol.: Vzorkování IV průmysl, 2 THETA Český Těšín, 2017, ISBN: 978-80-86380-87-2 (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_ECHBM Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BPCP_ECHBM Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to sampling, basic terminology, principles of correct sampling for individual areas of environmental analysis
2. Objective and sampling plan (types of sampling, sampling errors, storage and transport of samples, sampling documentation, work safety)
3. Passive sampling: Theory, overview of individual types of passive samplers for different matrices
4. Typology of sampling tools and equipment
5. Sample preparation and overview of sample preparation equipment
6. Water sampling
7. Air sampling
8. Soil sampling
9. Waste sampling
10. Sampling in emergencies with the release of hazardous chemicals
11. Sampling in agriculture
12. Sampling in the chemical industry
13. Food sampling