Course syllabus

Tillämpad vattenkemi
Applied Aquatic Chemistry

KOOF01, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-04-12

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Many professional engineers in ecosystem working on water resource management, water treatment, land issues and the exercise of authority where water issues play a major role. Not least, chemical, biological and ecological issues are constantly in focus. The ability to combine knowledge of water chemistry in natural systems with extensive expertise in technology and ecology allows the engineer ecosystem unique. The wide labour market in the private and public sectors also places great demands on the ability to communicate effectively in English with employees, customers and the public.

The course shall give relevant knowledge about chemical processes in fresh water and models for understanding the interplay between humans and environment as well as ability to carry out numerical water chemistry calculations. The course shall also give ability to evaluate environmental problems in accordance with a scientific view in all society.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Have good knowledge about pH and buffer systems and be able to see the connections to natural systems

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to plan and perform calculations with aquatic chemistry using MATLAB

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course treats central chemical processes such as acid/base reactions, gas/water exchange reactions, buffering systems, titration strategies, solid phase/liquid reactions, redox processes and redox buffering. A methodology for computational water chemistry is developed during the course. Emphasis is put on the students’ ability to interpret water chemistry processes, systems and calculations and to solve authentic water chemistry assignments. A core pedagogic element is that the students should support each other’s learning by an active a reflective approach in groups. The laboratory work is mandatory and offers an opportunity for the students to get a personal experience of the processes treated theoretically, and to get insight in how chemical analysis may be handled professionally. Problem solving and communication thus play important roles throughout the course.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Quantitative and qualitative assessment of a submitted workbook consisting of solutions with aquatic water chemistry problems with theory, methods, calculations, results and interpretations. The qualitative assessment is based on correctness, completeness, complexity and creativity. Laboratory and laboratory reports carried out individually and in groups.

Code: 0109. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory assignments. Contents: Laboratory work in aquatic chemistry. Projects for deeper insight in atmospheric chemistry.
Code: 0209. Name: Aquatic Chemistry.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Continous examination in Aquatic Chemistry part. Contents: Continous examination in Aquatic Chemistry part.


Required prior knowledge: KOOA01 Introductory Chemistry and FAFA20 Energy and Enviromental Physics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KOO090

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Prof. Per Warfvinge,
Course coordinator: Dr. Johan Reimer,
Course homepage:
Further information: Attendance mandatory on first lecture.