Course detail


FCH-MCO_RADAcad. year: 2022/2023

This course presents to students the question of radionuclide occurence and behaviour in the environment, the natural and artificial sources of radionuclides and their influence on the human organism, and finally with the methods of radionuclide monitoring in the environment.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Completion of the course will increase students' knowledge as follows:
1. Students will acquire basic knowledge, principles and definitions related to the issue of radioactive material in the environment
2. Students will be well versed in the issues of the effects of ionizing radiation on the environment
3. Students will be able to objectively evaluate current issues, such as the relationship between nuclear energy and radioactive waste to the environment.


Passing of the course "Nuclear Chemisty" is required.
Good knowledge in mathematics, physics, inorganic chemistry, basic chemistry, physical chemistry


Not applicable.

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

Passing of the course "Nuclear Chemisty" is required.
The examination is oral, the knowledge in the extent of lectures is evaluated.

Course curriculum

1. Basic terms and definitions
2. Cosmic radiation
3. Natural radionuclides
4. Radon and products of its decay
5. Mining and processing of uranium ore
6. Nuclear power plants. Chernobyl disaster.
7. Radioactive wastes
8. Alternative sources of ionizing radiation

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of this course is:
- to present students sources of radioactive substances and ionizing radiation in the environment
- presentation of their effects on the human body
- give an overview of protection against the effects of radioactive substances

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


Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

M. Eisenbud: Environmental Radioactivity, 3rd edition. Academic Press, Inc., Orlando, 1987. (CS)
R. L. Kathren: Radioactivity in the Environment. Harwood Academic Publishers, London, 1984. (CS)
J. Hála, J. D. Navratil: Radioactivity, Ionizing Radiation, and Nuclear Energy. Konvoj, Brno, 2003. (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer