Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Landscape Ecology
Course code:KREKO
Course title in language of instruction:Krajinná ekologie
Course title in Czech:Krajinná ekologie
Course title in English:Landscape Ecology
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; master; master continuing; doctor
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Silvie Kozlovská, Ph.D. (examiner)
prof. Dr. Ing. Milada Šťastná (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Martina Urbanová (examiner, instructor)
Prerequisites:General Biology or Zoology or Botany or Systematic Botany or Bachelor State Examination
Aims of the course:Aim of the course is to characterize the landscape as a phenomenon, to identify and recognize problems of an agricultural utilization of the landscape, to introduce research methods of the landscape ecology and their applications in agricultural and design practice.
Course contents:
1.Formation of the landscape ecology as a trans-disciplinary science. (allowance 2/2)
a.Ecology as a complex formation (Geo-complex) and a system (Geo-system).
b.Natural processes creating the landscape, landscape attributes, landscape as a self-controlling system.

2.Spatial structure of the landscape and its changes. (allowance 2/2)
a.Hierarchy of the landscape units.
b.Vertical and horizontal landscape structure.

3.Landscape evolution. (allowance 2/2)
a.Landscape dynamic and rhythms.
b.Landscape development in the Quaternary.
c.Role of the man in the historical context.
d.Landscape typology.

4.Landscape and the man. (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic functions of the landscape in relation to the man.
b.Complex landscape potential, landscape limits, CES + SES.
c.Degradation and regenerative processes in the landscape.
d.Landscape scenery. Land consolidation.

5.Landscape and nature protection. (allowance 2/2)
a.Law No. 114/1992 Coll.
b.Natura 2000 - description.
c.Biospheric reservation.

6.Changes of the cultural landscape. (allowance 2/2)
a.Land use and land resources.
b.Financial tools of landscape protection and formation.
c.Landscape utilization, landscape planning.

7.Landscape management. (allowance 2/2)
a.Ecologization of agriculture, alternative agricultural technologies.
b.EIA - Environmental Impact Assessment.
c.SEA - Strategic Environmental Assessment.

8.Sustainable development of a countryside. (allowance 2/2)
a.Agrarian politic in rural landscape.
c.Brownfields - description.
d.Landscape tourism.

9.Landscape formation programms in the Czech Republic. (allowance 2/2)
a.Ecological stability of a landscape.
b.Revitalization of river systems.
c.Villages renewal.

10.Information systems. (allowance 2/2)
a.Areas, databasis, monitoring.

11.Sustainable landscape utilization. (allowance 2/2)
a.Ekological catastrophes.

12.European national programms,visions. (allowance 2/2)
a.European agro-environmental programms.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ethical commitment
-professional knowledge
-quality concept awareness
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply obtained knowledge into practice
-Ability to identify basic problems in the landscape
-Ability to perceive ethical problems of the landscape development
-Identification, analysis and solutions of landscape problems
-Obtaining basic knowledge of the methodology of the ecological research

Type of course unit:optional
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:- active participation at practices (excercises) - min. 80%
- oral exam containing answers and analyses of 2 different topics (duration 20 minutes)
- writing test (cca 30 min), students will pass only if there is more then 75% right answers.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     professional educational excursion8 h
     consultation6 h
     project work4 h
     preparation for exam28 h
     preparation for regular assessment8 h
     preparation for regular testing8 h
     preparation of presentation6 h
     writing of seminar paper24 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • FORMAN, R T T. -- GODRON, M. Krajinná ekologie. 1st ed. Praha: Academia :, 1993. 583 p. ISBN 80-200-0464-5.
  • Krajinná ekologie pro studenty geografických oborů. 1st ed. Praha: Karolinum, 1999. 129 p. ISBN 80-7184-545-0.
  • LIPSKÝ, Z. Sledování změn v kulturní krajině : učební text pro cvičení z předmětu Krajinná ekologie. 1st ed. Praha: Česká zemědělská univerzita, 2000. 71 p. ISBN 80-213-0643-2.
  • ZONNEVELD, I S. Land Ecology : An Introduction to Landscape Ecology as a base for Land Evaluation, Land Management and Conservation. Amsterdam: SPB Academic Press, 1995. 199 p. ISBN 90-5103-101-7.
  • DRESLEROVÁ, J. -- PACKOVÁ, P. Krajinná ekologie a ekologie krajiny. Kostelec nad Černými lesy: Lesnická práce, s.r.o., 2006. 203 p. ISBN 80-86386-82-1.
  • Landscape agroecology. New York: Food Products Press, 330 p. ISBN 1-56022-252-2.
Recommended reading list
  • GRMELOVÁ, R. Aspekty a priority trvale udržitelného rozvoje venkovské krajiny. Dissertation thesis. Brno: VŠZ v Brně, 1992. 129.
  • GERGEL, S E. -- TURNER, M G. Learning landscape ecology : a practical guide to concepts and techniques. New York: Springer, 2002. 316 p. ISBN 0-387-95254-3.
  • TURNER, M G. -- GARDNER, R H. -- O''NEILL, R V. Landscape ecology in theory and practice : pattern and process. New York: Springer, 2001. 401 p. ISBN 0-387-95122-9.
  • LAPKA, M. -- CUDLÍNOVÁ, E. Úvod do krajinné ekologie pro rozvoj venkova. 1st ed. V Českých Budějovicích: Jihočeská univerzita, 2008. 86 p. ISBN 978-80-7394-077-5.