Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Methodology of Research
Course code:MPP
Course title in language of instruction:Metodologie výzkumu
Course title in Czech:Metodologie výzkumu
Course title in English:Methodology of Research
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Dr. Ing. Pavlína Smutná (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:The subject is focused on the good experimental practice, especially for agricultural field trials. The students will start with the planning of an experiment, appropriate design, statistical analysis and interpretation of results. Also the use of scientific databases and other resources and the skills required for writing of scientific reports will be discussed.
Course contents:
1.History and basic principles of agricultural research (allowance 2/0)
a.The role of expepriments in agricultural research
b.Research support system
c.Agricultural research institutes in the Czech Republic

2.Basic principles of experimental data evaluation (allowance 4/4) (allowance 4/6)
a.Population, sample, data
b.Editing and organising data
c.Descriptive statistics
d.The ways of data display

3.Statistical hypothesis testing (allowance 4/6)
b.Conficence intevals

4.Assessment of dependence between variables (allowance 4/6)
a.Correlation analysis
b.Linear regression analysis

5.Analysis of variance (allowance 4/4)
a.General model
c.Follow-up tests

6.Multivariate analysis of variance (allowance 2/4)
a.Two-way ANOVA
b.Assumptions, applicability

7.Basic principles of Good experimental practice (allowance 4/0)
a.Types of biological experiments
b.Experimental designs
c.Field trials - planning, implementation and interpretation

8.Information (allowance 2/2)
a.Information literacy skills
b.Information resources
c.The use of information, review

9.Research report (allowance 2/0)
a.Structure of a scientific report

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to solve problems
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Interpretation of experimental results
-Knowledge of basic statistical methods
-To master the basics of a good experimental practice
-Using biometric methods for evaluation of experimental data

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:none
Assessment methods:participation in seminars (10% of final classification),
written test (20% of final classification),
written and oral examination (70% of final classification),
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
     preparation for exam50 h
     preparation for regular assessment14 h
     preparation for regular testing20 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • EHRENBERGEROVÁ, J. Zakládání a hodnocení pokusů. 1st ed. Brno: MZLU, 1995. 108 p. ISBN 80-7157-153-9.
  • STÁVKOVÁ, J. -- DUFEK, J. Biometrika. Brno: MZLU, 2005.
  • CHLOUPEK, O. Zemědělský výzkum: učebnice Mendelovy zemědělské a lesnické univerzity v Brně. 1st ed. Praha: Academia, 1996. 188 p. ISBN 80-200-0576-5.
Recommended reading list
  • HENDL, J. Přehled statistických metod: analýza a metaanalýza dat. 3rd ed. Praha: Portál, 2009. 695 p. ISBN 978-80-7367-482-3.
  • WADSWORTH, H M. Handbook of Statistical Methods for Engineers and Scientists. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN 0-07-067678-X.
  • Statistical methods in agriculture and experimental biology. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 472 p. ISBN 1-5848-8187-9.