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Environmental Analysis

Module BV000126

This Module is offered by Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering (Prof. Drewes).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2011

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2020SS 2015SS 2011

Basic Information

BV000126 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module covers the following topics:
• Introduction in fundamentals of environmental chemistry and environmental analytical chemistry
• Fundamentals of wet chemical and instrumental analytical methods
• Principles of relevant instrumental analytical methods (spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry)
• Sampling techniques and strategies
• sample preparation methods
• Quantification and quality assurance in analytical chemistry
• Selection of suitable analytical methods for various contaminants in case studies

Learning Outcome

The students are able to assess the fundamentals of the environmental analytical chemistry as well as the sources and properties of environmentally relevant contaminants. They understand the prinicples of analytical methods and are able to apply these to select suitable detection methods of contaminants in the environmental compartments water/soil/air.


Grundlegendes Verständnis für Mathematik, Chemie, Physik

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Environmental Analysis Knoop, O. Wed, 11:30–13:00, 2605

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module contains a series of lectures and tutorials. The content is presented in lectures. Students will be encouraged to self-study literature and to examine the content of the topics. Specific questions and case studies will be handled and deepend within the tutorials. Selection of suitable analytical methods will also be trained within the tutorials based on the presented principles of analytical chemistry.


Tafelarbeit Medienform (EN)


Claus Bliefert, Umweltchemie, VCH (1994)
Stanley Manahan, Environmental Chemistry, CRC Press (2005)
Ibanez et al., Environmental Chemistry, Springer, (2007)
Hein und Kunze, Umweltanalytik, VCH (1994)
Deutsche Einheitsverfahren der Wasser-, Abwasser- und Schlammanalytik (DEV), VCH (Loseblattsammlung)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Examination will be carried out with a presentation of 15-20 minutes via video recording. Based on a case study the students show that they are able to select a suitable analytical process (sampling, sample preparation, measurement method and evaluation) for the detection of contaminants in the environment. They also show that they understand the theoretical principals and applications of environmental analytical chemistry and can depict these.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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