Course syllabus PED - Soil Science (FH - SS 2018/2019)

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Course code: PED
Course title in language of instruction: Pedologie
Course title in Czech: Soil Science
Course title in English: Soil Science
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2018/2019
Name of lecturer: Ing. Jiří Jandák, CSc. (examiner, instructor)
doc. RNDr. Lubica Pospíšilová, CSc. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Vítězslav Vlček, Ph.D. (instructor)
Prerequisites: none
Aims of the course:
Main knowledge about soil properties, genesis, soil classification,and land evaluation. Evaluation of land resources in the Czech Republic. Assesment of soil quality and properties with relation to the horticultural production, and soil protection. Knowledge about the role in ecosystem, soil functions and soil quality/health is achieved.
Course contents:
1.Concepts of soil (allowance 1/0)
a.General definitions of soil
b.Soil as a natural body

2.Soil mineralogy (allowance 1/0)
a.Primary minerals
b.Phyllosilicates, poorly crystalline aluminosilicate clays

3.Soil organic matter (allowance 1/2)
4.Soil physics (allowance 9/11)
a.Particle size distribution
b.Soil structure
c.Particle density, bulk density and porosity
d.Soil water content
e.Soil water content -- energy relationships
f.Water balance equation, soil moisture regimes
g.Soil consistency
h.Soil temperature regimes

5.Soil chemistry (allowance 5/8)
a.Chemical composition of soils
b.Soil colloidal behavior
c.Ion exchange phenomena
d.Soil pH and pH buffering
e.Redox phenomena

6.Pedology (allowance 6/2)
a.Pedogenic processes
b.The Czech soil classification system

7.Soil resources in Czech Republic, the Czech land capability classification (allowance 1/1)
a.Soil resources in Czech Republic
b.The Czech land capability classification

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to solve problems
-Ability to work independently
-Capacity to learn
-General knowledge
-Professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge of soil science in horticulture and viticulture
-Ability to assess soil environmental quality
-Ability to identify soil textural class and soil type
-Analysis and synthesis of soil-plant-atmosphere with emphasis on weather and climate
-Aplication of knowledges in practice
-Basic knowledge about soil fertility

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     seminar4 h
     laboratory work14 h
     field work6 h
     preparation for exam75 h
     preparation for regular assessment32 h
     report from excursion, tour, practical placement1 h
     elaboration of reports12 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
evaluation of participation in seminars (100%)
submission of proceedings (reports) during the semester
two written tests: 1. soil physics, 2. soil chemistry, soil organic matter (the minimal requirements for passing 80% in each test)
final examination (written, length 30 min, 3 questions, the minimal requirements for passing 80%, and oral, length 20 min, 3 questions, the minimal requirements for passing 80%)
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQJANDÁK, J. -- POKORNÝ, E. -- PRAX, A.PůdoznalstvíBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2010978-80-7375-445-7
RQJANDÁK, J. et al.Cvičení z půdoznalstvíBrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně200380-7157-733-2
RESUMNER, M.Handbook of Soil ScienceBoca Raton CRC PRESS20000-8493-3136-6
REPOSPÍŠILOVÁ, L. -- VLČEK, V. -- HYBLER, V. -- HÁBOVÁ, M. -- JANDÁK, J.Standardní analytické metody a kritéria hodnocení fyzikálních, agrochemických, biologických a hygienických parametrů půdBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2016978-80-7509-438-4
REJANDÁK, J. Nejrozšířenější půdní typy České republiky. Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2002. VHS, 38 min.
REJANDÁK, J. Základní metody odběru půdních vzorků. Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2005. VHS, 25 min.


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