Course syllabus EGEF - European Environmental Geochemistry (FFWT - WS 2017/2018)

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Course code: EGEF
Course title in language of instruction: -- item not defined --
Course title in Czech: European Environmental Geochemistry
Course title in English: European Environmental Geochemistry
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor; master
Semester: WS 2017/2018
Name of lecturer: doc. Mgr. Aleš Bajer, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Marie Balková (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Jiří Volánek (instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: State Bachelor Examination
Aims of the course:
To present geochemistry - the composition and chemical changes taking place on the Earth in the view of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Within the framework of environmental geochemistry it is focused on effects of activities of humans on above mentioned Earth's spheres.
Course contents:
1.The Earth nad its Lithosphere (allowance 4/4)
a.Chemical composition and structure of the Earth
b.Teh structure of the Earth
c.Primordial chemistry: Origin of the elements
d.Formation and evolution of the Earth
e.The Earth's crust
f.Composition and structure of soils

2.The hydrosphere (allowance 3/3)
a.The hydrologic cycle
b.Oceanic circulation
c.composition of seawater
d.Geomchemical processes involving the oceans
e.Chemical budgets of oceanic elements

3.Teh Atmosphere (allowance 4/4)
a.STructure of the atmosphere
b.Composition of the atmosphere
c.Energy balance of the atmosphere and earth
d.Origin and evolution of the atmosphere

4.The biosphere, Man on the Earth (allowance 4/4)
a.Chemistry and energetics of the life process
b.Biogeochemical evolution
c.Human civilization and its impact on environment
d.Non-renewable energy sources
e.Alernative energy sources, Nuclear energy
f.Global climate changes, resources and opinions
g.Political solutions, EIA

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to create new ideas (creativity)
-Ability to make decisions
-Ability to solve problems
-Ability to speak and write in mother tongue
-Ability to work in international context
-Ability to work independently
-Capacity to learn
-Communication in second language
-Ethical commitment
-General knowledge
-Professional knowledge
-Science and research skills
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to use methods of the evaluation of negative impacts of human activities on forest ecosystems.
-Fundamental knowledge of current state of environmental problems of human civilization
-The ability to assess the effects of the environment and humans on the formation of structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems
-The practical knowledge of water transport in plant from the environmental viewpoints.

Type of course unit: optional
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     practice28 h
     preparation for exam38 h
     preparation for regular assessment12 h
     preparation for regular testing14 h
     preparation of presentation10 h
     writing of seminar paper10 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
written test 20 questions, presentation of environmental items
75% of correctness is required
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQVANLOON, G W. -- DUFFY, S J.Environmental chemistry : a global perspectiveOxfordOxford University Press20050-19-927499-1
RQSCHLESINGER, W H.Biogeochemistry : an Analysis of Global ChangeSan DiegoAcademic Press19910-12-625156-8
RQGlobal Biogeochemical CyclesLondonAcademic Press19920-12-147686-3


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