Course detail


FCH-BCO_HYBAcad. year: 2018/2019

Physical conditions of water ecosystems, chemical properties of water ecosystems, biology of water ecosystems, biological productivity and production of water, influence of anthropogenic activities on biological processes in water, indicators of water properties, biological tests, toxicity and trophism, biological methods of water purifications, water hydrobiology, self-purification a saprobity.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to use information from the field of hydrobiology in solving technical tasks in the field of chemistry and technology of environmental protection. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to solve complex technological tasks in the creative ways, where chemical, biological and physical processes intersect. He will also be acquainted with the importance of biological processes both in water management and in related fields of environmental protection and creation. He / she will be able to assess solved tasks with sufficient interdisciplinary approach, will be able to choose the optimal solution of various problems and can understand and develop possibilities of using biological methods.

By passing the subject, the student will acquire new knowledge, knowledge and knowledge in the following areas:

1. Students will be able to apply knowledge in related fields, such as water treatment and wastewater treatment;
2. Students will acquire knowledge of life processes in natural waters and also obtain basic biotechnological knowledge related to water treatment and purification;
3. Students will acquire the knowledge and knowledge necessary to understand basic biological processes that occur in natural waters (primary production, eutrophication, stratification of water quality in tanks, succession, food preferences, saprobiology, biomanipulation, etc.);
4. Students gain knowledge that is a prerequisite for application in both scientific and technical practice;
5. Students will focus on the interaction of different components of the aquatic environment.


Knowledges of hydrochemistry, environmental chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Ambrožová J.: Základy aplikované hydrobiologie, 1.vydání, ČVUT, Praha 2003. (CS)
Lellák J., Kubíček F.: Hydrobiologie, 1.vydání, Univerzita Karlova, Karolinum, Praha 1992. (CS)
Zelinka M., Kubíček F.: Základy aplikované hydrobiologie, 2. vydání, SPN, Praha 1985. (CS)
Sládečková A, Sládeček V.: Hydrobiologie, 1.vydání, ČVUT, Praha 1997. (CS)
Říhová Ambrožová J.: Mikrobiologie v technologii vod, VŠCHT, Praha 2008 (CS)
Wetzel R. G.: Limnology. Lake and river ecosystems, Academic Press, London, 3.vydání, 1983. (CS)
Lampert W., Sommer U.: LImnoecology (the ecology of lakes and streams), Oxford University Press, New York, 1997. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Assessment of knowledge takes the form of an oral exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Definition of hydrobiology, liaison science disciplines, brief history
2. Water circle, typology of aquatic ecosystems, stratification of water reservoirs
3. Physical properties of aquatic ecosystems
4. Chemical properties of aquatic ecosystems
5. Biotope and standing water biocenosis
6. Biological productivity, water production, production measurement methods
7. Acidification, eutrophication, water flower, cyanotoxins
8. Biotope and biocenosis of running water
9. Groundwater Biology
10. Water biology
11. Drinking water, its biological and microbiological examination, drinking water hygiene
12. Waste water biology, utility water biology
13. Saprobity, sapropic communities, saprobic index, valence, succession.


The aim of the course is to get the students acquainted with the basics of hydrobiology and limnology. This should make easy to communicate with other professionals in the mainly in the field of water management (environmental protection,landscape planning etc.). Students will also have enough information to use biological methods in processes of biological wastewater treatment and biological methods of drinking water treatment.

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

There is no controlled education, lectures are optional.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer