KJ8072 - Advanced Aquatic Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours A

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, solid-solution interface reactions and atmosphere-water equilibria). 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

Knowledge: 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 have knowledge about how matter is exchanged between water and the atmosphere, and the chemical reactions that take place in the water phase of the atmosphere.

The student should have knowledge about the biogeochemical cycles in nature, especially for carbon, nitrogen and sulphur.

Skills: The student should be able to:

  • explain the processes that govern the chemical composition of natural waters: freshwater, seawater and water in the atmosphere.
  • 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


Schedule will be published at semester start.

The teaching is shared with the master course KJ3072. In addition to the syllabus in KJ3072, the KJ8072 candidates can choose between a number of extra pages in the same textbook (Stumm & Morgan), or a semester project, the content of which is agreed with the individual student.

Further on evaluation

For exam during a term without lectures in this course, written examination may be changed to oral examination.

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ3072 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
KJ8070 10.0 AUTUMN 2012
KJ3070 10.0 AUTUMN 2012
MNKKJ370 10.0 AUTUMN 2012
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Topics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

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 Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
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.

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