Course: Sustainable Development of Agricultural Management I

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Course title Sustainable Development of Agricultural Management I
Course code KAES/QPUS1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Kopecký Marek, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Moudrý Jan, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Countryside and rural areas (definition, elements, structure and potential). Structure, functions and dynamics of the countryside. Principles of the projecting of rural countryside, different attitudes, solutions and typology of the countryside. Potential and capacity of the countryside. Basic methods of the projecting of the countryside used in the Czech republic and other countries. Historical evolution of villages and its surroundings, functions and influence of the countryside. Spatial-functional management of agroecosystems, principle of biodiversity, flows of organisms in the countryside and substance-energetic flows, principle of changes in the countryside and countryside stability, sustainable development - definition and aspects, sustainable farming system, productive and non-productive functions of land, principles of multifunctional agriculture, farming systems - conventional ones - integrated and organic farming systems, projecting of sustainable farming systems - stages, research, analysis of the current state, land-ecological optimalisation of an area of interest, spatial and functional optimalisation of parcels in the countryside, evaluation and balance of flows of substance and energy in an agricultural subsystem, projecting of a transitional period and final state, programmes of the protection and revitalisation of the agricultural environment. Basic characteristics of general models of sustainable farming in the countryside - differenciation based on land-climatic conditions in the Czech republic.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 36 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 72 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject aims to provide theoretical and methodological basis for preparation and projecting of sustainable farming systems in the framework of the strategical regional development.
After absolving of the subject, students gains knowledge of principles of development of sustainable farming systems and ability to propose measures focused on environmental and production sustainabilty of farm.
Basic knowledge of organic farming and ecology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination, Seminar work

Credit Requirements: Participation in seminars, seminars and excursions Examination Requirements: Written test (75 % of successful completion), analysis of incomplete or incomplete answers, oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Demo, M. et al. Projektovanie trvalo udržitelných polnohospodárských systémov v krajine. SPU v Nitre s VUPOP v Bratislave, 2004.
  • Demo, M. et al. Regulačné technológie v produkčnom procese poľnohospodárských plodin. SPU v Nitre s VÚPOP v Bratislavě, 2000.
  • Moudrý, J., Konvalina, P., Moudrý, J. jr., Kalinová, J. Ekologické zemědělství. JU ZF v Č. Budějovicích, 2007.
  • Moudrý, J., Moudrý, J. jr., Chovanec, T., Hudcová, E. Malofaremní hospodaření. Olomouc, 2019. ISBN 978-80-87371-36-7.
  • Niggli, U., Scialabba, N. E. Organic Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation. Delhi, 2015. ISBN 978-3037360033.
  • Robinson, G. Sustainable Rural Systems. Abingdon-on-Thames, 2016. ISBN 9781138257580.
  • Váchal, J., Moudrý, J. Projektování trvale udržitelných systémů hospodaření. JU ZF v Č. Budějovicích, 2002.
  • Walia. S. S., Walia, U.S. Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture. Jodhpur, 2020. ISBN 9789388812900.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter