Course: Environmental Protection

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Course title Environmental Protection
Course code VURH/OZPK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
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
  • Piačková Veronika, MVDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to environmental protection - basic terms; the environment and its components 2. Air and the environment - basics of atmospheric chemistry; air pollution, its sources, consequences 3. Soil as a component of the environment - definitions, characteristics, soil types; land use by humans, soil degradation and intoxication (causes and consequences); soil protection 4. Water and the environment - the water cycle; usability and use of water and water resources; water pollution, consequences; self-cleaning processes, wastewater treatment 5. Waste - basic concepts in waste management, legislative aspects; origin and types of waste; ways of using and removing waste 6. Pollutants and hazardous substances in the environment - effects of substances on living organisms (toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic and allergenic effects); ecological disasters 7. Physical influences - thermal pollution; electromagnetic waves and fields; noise and vibration; ionizing radiation 8. Environmental burdens; remediation and decontamination technologies 9. Biological diversity on Earth - origin and extinction of the species (naturally and as a result of human activities); reasons for protecting biodiversity; major threatened bios, ecosystems, groups, species; species protection, especially protected plant and animal species. 10. Effects of anthropogenic activities on the biosphere - agriculture, forestry, industry, mining, transport 11. Global environmental problems - the uncontrolled growth of humanity; depletion of natural resources; greenhouse effect, etc. 12. Protection of nature and landscape, specially protected areas. 13. Environmental legislation and state administration in the Czech Republic and the EU; information on the environment.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Projection
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Field trip - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 14 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 50 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with theoretical, practical and legislative problems of environmental protection.
After the completion of the course, the student should have a general knowledge of the principles of protection of environment, especially its main components (water, air, soil, plants and animals). He should also be able to orient himself in Czech and European legislation related to these topics.
The subject follows the subject Ecology.
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Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Test

Conditions for obtaining the credit: Acquiring more than 50% of points in all tests written during the semester minus two (two of them may be missing or the number of obtained points may not exceed 50%). Preparation of a presentation on a chosen theme related to the content of the subject. Participation in the final excursion. If a student can not take part in the excursion for serious reasons, the lecturer will take the subject for a seminar paper as a substitute. The exam is conducted orally after all the credit conditions have been met.
Recommended literature
  • Bízková R. Životní prostředí v České republice 1989-2004. Cenia, Praha, 2005.
  • HLAVÁČEK, J. Mezinárodní environmentální právo a ochrana životního prostředí. Nakladatelství OECONOMICA - VŠE, Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80-245-1296-9.
  • Petržílek P. Politika trvale udržitelného rozvoje. MŽP Praha, 2002. ISBN 80-7212-194-4.
  • Wittlingerová Z., Jonáš, F. Ochrana životního prostředí. ČZU Praha, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Protection of Waters (2021) Category: Ecology and environmental protection 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer