ĶVĶ350 Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Conformity

Code ĶVĶ350
Name Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Conformity
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Faculty Department of Chemistry
Academic staff Valdis Kokars, Gerda Gaidukova
Credit points 6.0 (9.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation General understanding. Polluting chemicals and nutrients. Ecotoxicology. Central chemical processes in water, soil and air enivironment. Chemical assessment and specific examination of environmentally important groups of substances for materials and product development. Most important sources of pollution and chemical parameters in environmental quality planning. Pollution control. Conformity assessment. Environmental and chemical legislation..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To acquire theoretical knowledge of environmental chemistry and practical skills in analysis methods of the air, water and soil. To understand the photochemical processes in the stratosphere, smog, the greenhouse effect and acid rain. To be aware of the importance of clean water in nature and in living organisms, be familiar with the various analysis. To understand the nature and composition of the soil, as well as analysis of soil immunological and environmental techniques., The aim of the course is to develop the students’ views about the surrounding environment, encourage a eco- and green way thinking paradigm in the Earth
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to describe the structure of the atmosphere: the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere and ionosphere and identify any gas released into the atmosphere mainly as a result of natural processes, but a result of human activities - Laboratory atmospheric analysis theoretical background, Exam,
Able to characterize ozone as a chemical compound and explain what is "right" and what is "bad" ozone, and consider Dobson unit and photochemical processes in the formation and decay of ozone in the stratosphere - Laboratory atmospheric analysis theoretical background, Exam
Focus any photochemical processes within the formation and decay of ozone in the stratosphere. Students are able to understand the development of photochemical smog. Students are aware of the regular monitoring to be carried out to determine the potential of photochemical smog formation. - Laboratory atmospheric analysis theoretical background, Exam,
Students are aware of the importance of water in nature and in living organisms, the distribution of water on Earth, the unique properties of water and impurity in natural waters and can clearly describe the compounds presented in the water, ion impact on the pH of natural water. - Laboratory water analysis theoretical background, Exam,
To understand the cells chemical structure and the chemical compounds forming the basic functions of cell life. Students can characterize the natural aquatic life considering energy intake and types of natural waters occurring in the living organism - Laboratory water analysis theoretical background, Exam,
Students are able to characterize the organic matter and colloidal particles in natural waters, the pH-pE diagrams, and the for bacteria’s types (aerobic, anaerobic and facultative bacteria) and functions in the natural aquatic. Competence in water analysis methods. - Laboratory water analysis theoretical background, Exam,
Students can understand the nature and composition of the soil, its organic and inorganic matter. Students are able to explain the soil solution, ion exchange equilibria in the soil, a nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium-containing nutrients in the soil. - Laboratory analysis of soil theoretical background, Exam,
Oriented soil immunological and environmental analysis methods should be known. To understand the specific aspects of green chemistry and environmental regulations, standards and guidelines of EU directives - Laboratory analysis of soil theoretical background, Exam,
Course prerequisites Bachelor's degree, knowledge in general, organic and analytical chemistry

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