Aquatic Monitoring and Basics of Environmental Chemistry


 The aim of this course is to give students the necessary comprehension in basic analytical environmental chemistry with more focus in aquatic systems, and in water and wastewater treatment processes.

 Laboratory and field techniques in environmental engineering and its application to the understanding of natural and engineered ecosystems.

Exercises involve data collection and analysis related to identifying and quantifying physical, chemical, and biological processes that govern the effects of human activity on the functioning of natural systems and/or the efficacy of engineered approaches to environmental problems. 

 Laboratory or field activities will take place every week. 

An independently designed final project with a presentation and discussion is required.

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Responsible teacher

Rita Maurício Rodrigues Rosa


Weekly - 4

Total - 56

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APHA/AWWA/WEF. 2003. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. 20 th. Ed., USA. Harris, D.C. 2001. Exploring Chemical Analysis, Freeman, USA, 605 pp.

Quevaulier, P. 2002. Quality Assurance for Water Analysis. Water Quality Measurements Series, European Comission, John Wiley & Sons. Lda., UK, 252 pp.  

Reeve, R. N. 1999. Environmental Analysis. Analytical Chemistry By Open Learning, John Wiley & Sons. Lda., UK, 263 pp. 

Sawyer, N.C.;McCarty, P.L.; Parkin, G.F. 2003. Chemistry for Environmental Engineering and Science. Fifth Ed., McGraw Hill International Editions, 752 pp.

Teaching method

All contents will be made available before classes. The objective will be for the student to follow the class and be prepare for the weekly work. The subjects will be supported by multimedia supports and the students will be organized in groups and each group will have a case study to evaluate and different sources of information that they will have to discuss weekly. During the classes a spokesperson for the group (different weekly) will present the work. At the end of the presentations, the conclusions will be discussed between groups and with the teacher and the connection to the theoretical contents will be made.

With this teaching methodology, the opportunity is provided to develop a critical sense regarding results, concepts and fundamentals in an applied and more up-to-date way. The assessment is carried out, through weekly assignments, oral presentations and a test

Evaluation method

The assessment is carried out, through weekly assignments, oral presentations and a test.

Subject matter

General Course Contents:

- Basic qualitative and quantitative methods with use in analysis of environmental samples

- Legislation concerning chemicals

- Chemical equipment’s

Specific Course Contents:

Environmental monitoring relevance; analytical procedures selection; water quality standards.

Sampling: principles and techniques. Data analysis. Statistical tests and analytical criteria’s.

Chemical analysis methods: volumetric; gravimetric; instrumental.

General considerations, environmental significance and methodology for determinations 


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