Course code THT201

THT201 Rapid Methods for Assessing Environmental Parameters, Laboratory Course

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Course responsible: Bjørn Frode Eriksen
Teachers: Bjørn Reidar Hansen, Jon Terje Asper, Harsha Chandima Ratnaweera, Arve Heistad, Odd Ivar Lekang
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:


Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in spring parallell. This course has teaching/evaluation in spring parallell.

Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2013V
Preferential right:

Aquaculture (M-AK), AQFood, Water- and Environmental Technology (M-VM), Prosesstechnology (M-MP).

Course contents:
The course focuses on rapid methods for measuring important environmental parameters. Rapid analysis is an important tool when relatively accurate results are needed in a minimum of time and without involving larger and specialised laboratory equipment and expertise. Emphasis is on methods for measuring dissolved gasses and chemical content, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, pH, COD, BOD, content of particles, colour and turbidity, content of micro-organisms. Characterisation of sludge will also be included, the same with JAR-test to evaluate settling chemicals. Evaluation of measuring methods with regard to application, the margin of error, necessary amount of samples etc. will also be included. The laboratory exercises will be in the  water lab and in the  aqua lab at the University.
Learning outcome:
The students should acquire knowledge of and master relevant methods for rapid measuring of important environmental parameters, primarily in connection with water and sludge. Furthermore they will be able to describe, plan and carry out sampling methods and evaluate analysis results.
Learning activities:
The course includes a brief theoretical overview, and afterwards, the students shall do the exercises in the lab themselves. The exercises include writing of reports that shall be handed in for assessment and approval.
Teaching support:
The course teacher is available for support in connection with exercises in working hours, by e-mail and phone outside of the teaching hours.
Reading list is handed out in lectures.

KJM100 - General Chemistry or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The students are required to carry out and to deliver at least 10 sets of exercises. The laboratory reports are assessed and then returned to the students with comments and advice for any required corrections that should be made before the final assessment.
Nominal workload:

Lectures and exercises with homework, approx. 150 hours.

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

A combination of lectures and exercises, 39 hours in total.

Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått