Environmental Chemistry

NAME OF THE COURSE Environmental Chemistry



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Marija Bralić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Asst Prof Maša Buljac

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

The basic objective of the course is to study the basic chemical principles that are happening in the environment.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course


Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After course students will be able to :
1. knowing the first and explain the interactions that occur between different phases in the environment (water-to-air, ground-to-air, water-soil)
2. distinction approach to chemical analysis of soil, water or air
3. understand the circular cycle gas emissions (CO2, NOx, SOx) in the environment
4. explain the impact of metals on the environment
5. identify and explain the effect of organic compounds in the environment
6. solve problems in environmental protection

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

Lecture 1: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry. The impact of technology on the chemical processes in the environment.
Lecture 2: Parts of the environment: hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere. Water chemistry. Gases in Water
Lecture 3: Complexation and speciation. Redox reactions, pE in natural waters.
Seminar 1 (2 hours): Interpretation and Data Processing
Lecture 4: pE-pH diagrams. Interaction phases: solid-liquid-gas.
Seminar 2 (2 hours): Redox reactions, PE in natural waters.
Lecture 5: Creating sediment and ion-exchange processes on its border. Biochemical processes in the waters
Seminar 3 (2 hours): pE-pH diagrams. Interaction phases: solid-liquid-gas
Lecture 6: Transformation elements. Biodegradation of the organic material. water pollution
Lecture 7: The atmosphere and the chemistry of the atmosphere. Physical characteristics of the atmosphere
Lecture 8: Chemical and photochemical reactions in the atmosphere
Seminar 4 (2 hours ): Standard deviations, errors
Lecture 9:. Air pollution: inorganic gases, organic compounds, particulate matter
Seminar 5 (2 hours): Biochemical processes in the waters
Lecture 10: Photochemical smog. Geosphere and geochemistry.
Seminar 6 (2 hours): Determination of pH and concentration in aquatic environmental samples
Lecture 11: The composition of the soil, nutrients. Acid-base and ion-exchange reactions
Seminar 7 (2 hours): Processing of the data collected by monitoring the atmosphere
Lecture 12: soil pollution
Lecture 13: Toxicity of chemical substances. Analytical Environmental Chemistry.
Lecture 14: Analytical Environmental Chemistry
Lecture 15: Evaluation and interpretation of analytical data from the environment. specific applications
Seminar 8 (1 hour): Assignments: gases, calculations composition

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities


Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

During the semester, the two partial tests to check if the knowledge of students from courses included material. During the semester students will be selected from the lecture topic to make a seminar that will affect the final grade. After completion of the semester, students take a written exam courses included material from the seminar. If the student meets at one of the partial tests during the semester, material from passing the test does not need to take the written exam. After passing the written part of the exam, the oral exam. For all aspects of teaching evaluation will be conducted according to the following criteria: <55% inadequate; 55% -65% is sufficient; 66% -75% good; 76% -85% very good;> 86% excellent. The final grade will be the arithmetic average of ratings from exercises, written assessment and oral examination.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

E. Burcu Özkaraova Güngör, Environmental Technologies New Developments, Vienna,2008


Vježbe iz Kemije okoliša (interna skripta u pripremi), Kemijsko-tehnološki fakultet, Split, 201X


P.O’Neil, Environmental Science, London, 1993.


W. Stumm, J.J. Morgan, Aquatic Chemistry, New York, 1996


B.J.Alloway, Heavy Metals in Soils, London, 1995


D. Tuhtar, Zagađivanje zraka i vode, Sarajevo, 1984


Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

V. Glavač, Uvod u globalnu ekologiju, Zagreb, 1999.
M. Črnjar, Ekonomija i zaštita okoliša, Rijeka, 1997.,
C.Baird, Environmental chemistry,New York, 1998.,
C.E. Kupchella, M. C. Hyland, Enviromental science, Massachusetts, 1989.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Methods Quality assurance will be performed at three levels: (1) University; (2) Faculty Level by Quality Control Committee of teaching; (3) Level.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)