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KH1400 Water Chemistry 7.5 credits

The course gives a survey of current topics related to water quality and water resources with applications of basic chemistry to relevant problems.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KH1400 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The chemical tools for work in water chemistry
  • An overview concepts and theories in water chemistry
  • Experience of practical field and laboratory work
  • Experience of work within one area of water and water treatment such as tap water, waste sewage, natural resources, agricultural environment

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives a basic understanding of the chemical procedures in the aquatic environment and applications to natural waters and chemical technical systems.

After having completed the course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe chemical processes in aquatic environments
  • Apply mathematical models to treat transport, equilibrium and kinetics
  • Describe the chemistry of the atmosphere
  • List the most important soil processes
  • Plan and execute a water chemistry project, including theoretical aspects and the practical performance
  • Summarize the water chemistry for a separate field
  • Deliver a report with high demands on time keeping, transparency and structure 

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B and English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

And the specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics D, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

KH1150 Engineering skills or equivalent


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Aquatic Environmental Chemistry, Howard A G, Oxford University Press (1998)

Mäta vatten, Byden S, Larsson A-M, Olsson M, Göteborgs universitet (2003)

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Home Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Home Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Projekt Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEM1 - Theme, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Project work (PRO1;3 cr)
Theme (TEM1;1,5 cr)
Home assignements (INL1;1,5 cr, INL2;1,5 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KH1400

Offered by

CBH/Engineering Pedagogics

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Will replace 6D2940