Course detail

Composition and Properties of Natural Waters

FAST-NCB006Acad. year: 2024/2025

Chemical equilibria, inorganic compounds and the main inorganic polutants, organic compounds in water and the main organic pollutants, gases, fundamentals of water analysis, eutrophication, self-purification, hydrochemical classification of surface, underground, mineral, and atmospheric waters.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Chemistry (CHE)

Entry knowledge

Chemical nomenclature, basic chemical rules, theory of acids and bases, compilation of chemical equations, stoichiometric calculations, concentration and its expression, fundamentals of hydrochemistry and analytical chemistry.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


selected chapters from hydrochemistry of underground and surface waters
Student will master the aim of the subject, i.e. selected chapters from hydrochemistry of underground and surface waters.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

MALÁ J. Složení a vlastnosti přírodních vod. Studijní opora. Brno: CERM, 2006. 


Recommended reading

PITTER, P. Hydrochemie. Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze. Praha, 2015. (CS)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPC-SIV Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Chemical equilibria, pH. 2. Inorganic macrocomponents, iron, manganese. 3. Aluminum, sulphur, silicon, boron, halogens. 4. Carbon, calcium-carbonate equilibrium, gases. 5. Nitrogen, phosphorus. 6. Organic compounds. 7. Transformation of compounds in aqueous environment. 8. Environment and its protection. 9. Inorganic pollutants. 10. Organic pollutants. 11. Selected analytical methods, group determinations of organic compounds. 12. Atmospheric, underground, mineral, and sea waters. 13. Surface water, eutrophication, self-purification.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction, safety of work in a chemical laboratory, calculations Determination of neutralization capacities and nonequilibrium concentrations of carbon dioxide Photometric methods, construction of calibration curve, determination of orthophosphates Determination of nitrates Active chlorine and its reaction with ammonia Redox reactions, reduction of dichromate by sulfite Biochemical Oxygen Demand Sensoric properties of water Presentation of seminar works Presentation of seminar works Measurement on site Measurement on site Credit