Analytical Environmental Chemistry

NAME OF THE COURSE Analytical 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

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Course objectives

The basic objective of the course is the application of analytical methods and techniques in environmental analysis.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Gateways must have a good basic knowledge of analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, but are not necessary to master the material..

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

After course students will be able to :
1. to know and explain the interactions that occur between different phases in the environment (water-to-air, ground-to-air, water-soil)
2. independently sampling plan (accidentally uozkovanje, stratified sampling, systematic sampling, intuitive sampling)
3. to sample (air, water, soil, sediment and biological samples).
4. prepare samples for analysis, use of modern methods of sample preparation
5. Use a variety of techniques for environmental analysis (classical methods, instrumental methods, the technique, other techniques.
6. exert biological control (environmental indicators, biomarkers)
7. process the results of analysis

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

Lecture 1: Introduction - environmental science and environmental analytical chemistry
Lecture 2: Chemical Principles in the environment. Sampling from the environment
Lecture 3: analytical separation, sample preparation for analysis
Seminar 1 (2 hours): interpretation and data processing. Standard deviations, errors
Lecture 4: The application of analytical methods and techniques in environmental analysis. Elektoroanalytical methods (potentiometry)
Seminar 2 (2 hours): Quantitatively the composition of solutions - expressing concentration
Lab course 1 (5 hours): Potentiometric determination of fluoride and chloride. Determination of iron in drinking water.
Lecture 5: Voltammetry, coulometry
Seminar 3 (2 hours): Calculating the pH of water of different composition and nature (sea, river, rain)
Lab course 2 (5 hours): Determination of the pH of various types of water (river, rain)
Lecture 6: Conductometry, spectrometric techniques
Lecture 7: Absorption Spectrometry, induced absorption spectrometry, emission spectrometry
Lab course 3 (5 hours ): Determining the concentration of transition metal in the pure aqueous solutions of UV-VIS spectrophotometry
Lecture 8: Instrumental separation techniques, gas chromatography
Seminar 4 (2 hours ): Calculations data spectrometric measurements
Lab course 4 (5 hours ): Determination of nitrate, nitrite and ammonium in wastewater by spectrophotometry
Lecture 9:. Liquid chromatography, the state and development of chromatographic techniques
Seminar 5 (2 hours): Calculations of trace metals in the environment
Lecture 10: Other techniques (thermal techniques, radiochemical techniques)
Seminar 6 (2 hours): The calculation of the concentration of particulate matter in the environment and display the result
Lab course 5 (5 hours ): Determination of phosphorus in the solid plant
Lecture 11: Trace elements in the environment: natural level and chemical form of pollution
Seminar 7 (2 hours): Statistical analysis of the results of the analysis of environmental samples (air, water, soil)
Lecture 12: Determination of trace organic compounds
Lecture 13: Biological indicators and methods
Lecture 14: The radiation and radioactivity in the environment. contamination of soil
Lab course 6 (5 hours ): Voltammetric determination of ascorbic acid in multivitamins
Lecture 15: Evaluation and interpretation of analytical data from the environment. specific applications
Seminar 8 (1 hour): Correlations (Spearman, Pearson,)

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 test 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. Prior to joining the laboratory exercises, students’ knowledge of material from the respective exercise will be verified by tests. All exercises must be passed all preliminary exams and completed. The student has the right to exercise fail one exercise, but you will catch up at the end of the semester. 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

D. Ašperger et al, Analitika okoliša, HINUS&FKIT, Zagreb 2013.


F.W. Fifield, P.J. Haines, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Blackie academic& professional, London, 1996


E. P. Popek Sampling and analysis of environmental chemical pollutants, AP, 2003.


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


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

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)