Course: Knowledge of Materials

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Course title Knowledge of Materials
Course code KKZP/ZBZN
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
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
  • Smetana Pavel, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Jirotková Dana, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Kadlec Jaromír, Dr. Ing.
  • Samková Eva, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Vácha František, doc. Ing. CSc.
Course content
1. General terms - definition of goods and commodity production, utility, exchange and consumer value 2. Classification of goods. 3. Quality - complex concept, meaning, quality features and requirements. 4. Quality management systems - standards, quality standards. 5. Quality assessment of goods - meaning, procedure, methods. 6. Utility properties - distribution. Chemical composition and nutritional value of food. 7. + 8. Effects on utility properties - physical, biological, chemical, social. 9. + 10. Protection of goods - care and preservation. 11. Storage, packaging and packaging technology. 12. - 14. Practical product knowledge - concepts, classification, quality requirements, labeling, storage and marketing of products.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 24 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 38 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course introduces the students to the basic theories behind commodities science. The course will contain comprehensive knowledge of the common conceptual model within the classification of products including their characteristics and their conservation.
Students understand the basic concepts of commodities
All students who are required to complete the course will be introduced at the beginning of the semester.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Seminar work

Exam, participation in exercises, essay.
Recommended literature
  • Crosby P.B. Quality without tears. The art of hassle-free management.. McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, 1995. ISBN 978-12-5964-361-3.
  • Defeo, J.A. Juran's Quality Handbook: The Complete Guide to Performance Excellence. McGraw-Hill Education, 7th ed., 2016. ISBN 978-12-5964-361-3.
  • Doležalova, H. Zbožíznalství. Č. Budějovice, EF JU, 1. vyd., 134 s., 2007.
  • Hůlová M. a kol. Zbožíznalství vybraných komodit.. Praha: VŠE, 2000. ISBN 80-245-0846-X.
  • Prugar, J. et al. Kvalita rostlinných produktů na prahu 3. tisíciletí.. Praha, VÚPS, 2008.

Study plans that include the course
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