KJ3072 - Advanced Aquatic Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Hjemmeeksamen 100/100 3 hours

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Muntlig 100/100 45 minutes

Course content

The course treats chemical reactions in natural waters at an advanced level. It provides a comprehensive treatment of homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical equilibria in natural aquatic systems (acid/base reactions, precipitation/dissolution reactions, complex formation, redox reactions and solid-solution interface reactions). This provides a solid foundation for understanding and evaluating how human activities can influence natural water systems.
The course is primarily aimed at students in environmental chemistry and geochemistry working on problems related to water, soil and sediments, but also other students, e.g. in limnology, should find the course useful.

Learning outcome

The student should have an in-depth knowledge about the different types of reactions that are important in natural water systems (freshwater and seawater) and in water treatment:
- acid/base reactions, especially the carbonate system.
- precipitation/dissolution reactions.
- complex formation.
- redox reactions.
- solid-solution interface reactions.

The student should be able to:
- explain the processes that govern the chemical composition of natural waters: freshwater and seawater.
- interpret the main types of diagrams that are used in this scientific field to describe the equilibrium composition of water, especially in natural waters but also in water treatment processes.
- understand and evaluate how human activities can influence natural water systems.

Learning methods and activities

Three hours of lectures per day for three weeks (intensive teaching, probably weeks no. 35, 38 and 43). The language is normally Norwegian, but the course may also be given in English. There are no exercises or laboratory course.

Course materials

W. Stumm & J.J. Morgan: Aquatic Chemistry, 3. edition. New York: John Wiley, 1996.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ3070 7.5
KJ8072 7.5
KJ8070 7.5
MNKKJ370 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Hjemme-eksamen (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Muntlig 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret til hjemmeeksamen som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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