Course: Geology and soil science

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Course title Geology and soil science
Course code KAES/GEPU
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Váchalová Radka, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Kopecký Marek, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Agricultural geology: The most widespread rocks in the Czech Republic. Main rock-forming minerals. Knowledge: Definition of soil. Mineralogical soil composition. Soil grain. Soil structure. Basic characteristics of spatial arrangement of soil particles. Physical properties of the liquid phase of the soil. Consistency and technological properties of soil. Heat conditions in the soil. Contents and functions of elements in soils. Soil colloids. Sorption ability of soil. Soil solution. Soil responses, soil buffering. Reduction-oxidation ratios. Soil organic matter. Soil-forming processes. Soil classification system of the Czech Republic. Bonitation and land price

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Monitoring, Demonstration, Laboratory
  • Preparation for classes - 24 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 48 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is acquisition of basic knowledge on soil necessary for its production and non-production use and advisory activity.
After passing the subject the student is acquainted with the laws of the soil environment, acquires knowledge both professional and practical (basic pedological analysis of soils)
Perfect knowledge of secondary school subject matter.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination

Prerequisites for credit: Presentation of the summary record of the measured, calculated and evaluated parameters of the soil sample. Assessment of attendance at seminars (100%). One credit test: physical and hydro-physical properties of soils, soil chemical properties, soil organic matter (at least 80% correct)
Recommended literature
  • KOZÁK, J. a kol.:. Pedologie. Skriptum ČZU Praha 132 s., 2008.
  • Ledvina, R. a kol.:. Geologie a půdoznalství.. České Budějovice, ZF JU, 2001.
  • Němeček J. a kol.:. Taxonomický klasifikační systém půd ČR.. Praha, ČZU, 2001.
  • Scheffer, F. a kol.:. Lehrbuch der Bodenkunde. 448 s.. Stuttgart, F. Enke Verlag, 1992.
  • Tomášek, M.:. Atlas půd ČR. Praha, ČGÚ, 1995.
  • Valla, M. a kol.:. Pedologické praktikum. Praha, ČZU, 2007. ISBN 80-213-0637-8.

Study plans that include the course
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