Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / Environmental Protection
Course code:OCHZP
Course title in language of instruction:Ochrana životního prostředí
Course title in Czech:Ochrana životního prostředí
Course title in English:Environmental Protection
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. Bc. Ing. Dana Adamcová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Alžbeta Maxianová (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Simona Miškolci, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Daria Vaverková, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Jan Zloch (instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:Course objectives: In this course, students will learn how to understand the ambient world from the systems point of view. They will be able to understand causes of the present condition of the environment and principles of possible remedies. They also will learn about global environmental problems and their causes. Basing on a detailed study of essential environmental components they will acquire advanced skills how to solve both regional and local problems and how to remove causes of environmental pollution. After finishing this course, they will be able to use information about techniques and technologies of cleaning of individual environmental components (including problems concerning waste management). They should be able to work independently and use modern preventive measures and tools of environmental protection within the framework of sustainable production, consumption, and social life. When applying environmental and economic principles and factors of environmental protection, they will also be able to take responsibility when deciding in adequate working situations.
Course contents:
1.History of environmental protection (allowance 2/2)
a.Philosophic and religious causes of the current environmental situation, evolution of our approach to environmental protection, reactive and proactive approaches.

2.Basic environmental components -- water (allowance 4/4)
a.Hydrosphere, basic terms and parameters, European Water Charter, polluting factors, role of water in nutrition of humans and animals.
b.Drinking and service water, water treatment and purification, technologies and facilities.

3.Basic environmental components -- atmosphere (allowance 4/4)
a.Atmosphere, basic terms and parameters, polluting factors
b.Dissemination of pollutants, methods of emissions purification, technologies and facilities.
c.Physical pollution -- noise, ionizing radiation, electromagnetic radiaation, vibrations, heat and light pollution

4.Basic environmental components -- soil (allowance 2/2)
a.Pedosphere and rock environment, European Soil Carter, basic terms and parameters, pollutants, effect of agricultural activities on pedosphere, environmental effects of mining activities.

5.Wastes (allowance 4/4)
a.Catalogue and categorisation of waste materials, solid, liquid and gaseous wastes, industrial wastes, solid municipality waste, waste materials in agriculture, forestry, and veterinary practice.
b.biomass, biogas, methods of treatment, recycling and liquidation of wastes, packages.

6.Prevention of waste production and pollution -- cleaner methods of production (allowance 2/2)
a.History of cleaner production in the Czech Republic, basic terms, project of cleaner production and its individual stages, environmental and economic parameters of cleaner production projects.

7.Legal framework of environmental care (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic environmental legislation, governmental authorities, NGO, proposed and prepared legislation, grants and governmental programmes, EIA, IPPC.

8.Fundamentals of ecology, nature and landscape (allowance 2/2)
a.Explanation of basic terms and concepts, ecological abiotic and biotic factors, populations, biocoenosis, ecosystem, biome. Bioaccumulation, food chains. Development of living organisms and Man position in the biosphere.
b.. Current situation in nature protection, protected territories and national parks, zoological gardens. Participation of public in care about protected territories.

9.Food industry and agriculture (allowance 2/2)
a.Basic parameters and problems of working environment in agriculture and food industry, hygiene.
Organic farms, organic food, legal and consumer environment in the Czech Republic. Biotechnologies -- processing of agricultural and alimentary wastes.

10.Sustainable development (allowance 4/4)
a.Global environmental problems , ecological crisis, global population explosion, water and food supply, communication with public, local agenda 21, healthy towns and cities, factor four and factor ten, sustainability indicators, sustainable agriculture.
b.Tools of sustainable development, voluntary agreements, EMS, EMAS, LCA, eco-labelling, environmental profile, benchmarking, safety certificates, HACCP, IPPC, ecological audit, environmental policy

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to work independently
-professional knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify and utilize appropriate sources of information in environmental protection
-Application of enviromental aspect in solving a specific problems in environmental protection
-Knowledge of application of environmental aspects in solving the specific problems in environmental protection
-Knowledge of awareness of the role of globalization in environmental protection
-The ability to conceptually solve prevention in the environmental protection

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:A 20-minute written test at the end of the semester. For credit, it is necessary to get at least 12 points out of 20 (60%). Another condition is to present a seminar paper.

Completion of the course: Final written exam of lectures, seminars and documents in UIS for 60 minutes. The minimum exit requirement is a 60% gain, ie 12 points out of 20 (12 = E, 13-14 = D, 15-16 = C, 17-18 = B, 19-20 = A).
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     consultation8 h
     preparation for exam31 h
     preparation for regular testing25 h
     preparation of presentation8 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • KOTOVICOVÁ, J. -- KNOTEK, J. -- ULČÁK, Z. -- TRNKA, P. -- OPPELTOVÁ, P. -- HUBAČÍKOVÁ, V. -- STEJSKAL, B. -- FILIP, J. -- VAVERKOVÁ, M D. -- ŠŤASTNÁ, M. -- HORSÁK, Z. -- PRUDKÝ, J. -- VAISHAR, A. Ochrana životního prostředí. Brno: Audiovizuální centrum MZLU v Brně, 2009. 183 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-301-6.
  • KURAŠ, M. Odpady a jejich zpracování. 1st ed. Vodní zdroje Ekomonitor, 2014. 343 p. ISBN 978-80-86832-80-7.
  • KOTOVICOVÁ, J. -- REMTOVÁ, K. Udržitelná spotřeba a výroba. 1st ed. Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2013. 173 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-707-6.
  • DOLEŽAL, T. -- CHUDÁREK, T. -- ČECH, L. Odpadové hospodářství v praxi. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, Centrum pro výzkum toxických látek v prostředí a SITA CZ a.s., 2013. 157 p. ISBN 978-80-210-6601-4.
  • KALINA, M. Kompostování a péče o půdu. 2nd ed. Praha: Grada, 2004. 116 p. ISBN 80-247-0907-4.
  • KOTOVICOVÁ, J. Čistší produkce. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 129 p. ISBN 80-7157-675-1.
  • PLÍVA, P. et al. Kompostování v pásových hromadách na volné ploše. 1st ed. Praha: Profi Press, 2009. 136 p. ISBN 978-80-86726-32-8.
Recommended reading list
  • FILIP, J. et al. Odpadové hospodářství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2002. 116 p. ISBN 80-7157-608-5.
  • FILIP, J. -- KOTOVICOVÁ, J. -- BOŽEK, F. Komunální odpad a skládkování. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 121 p. ISBN 80-7157-712-X.
  • CUNNINGHAM, W P. -- CUNNINGHAM, M A. -- SAIGO, B W. Environmental science : a global concern. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2005. 600 p. ISBN 0-07-243956-4.
  • BOTKIN, D B. Environmental science: earth as a living planet. 5th ed. New York: John Wiley, 664 p. ISBN 0-471-48816-X.