Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / Soil Science 1
Course code:PUDZ1
Course title in language of instruction:Půdoznalství 1
Course title in Czech:Půdoznalství 1
Course title in English:Soil Science 1
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (8 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 3/3
(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. Mgr. Aleš Bajer, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Marie Balková (instructor)
Ing. Jiří Jandák, CSc. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
doc. RNDr. Lubica Pospíšilová, CSc. (instructor)
Ing. Vítězslav Vlček, Ph.D. (instructor)
Aims of the course:Basic principles of mineralogy and petrography. Parent rocks. Introduction students to soil properties , genesis, soil classification, land evaluation and soil resources of Czech republic. Knowledge of soil enviroment is the basic assumption towards professional intervention and arrangement of conserving sustainable production of soil properties.
Course contents:
1.Agriculture geology (allowance 9/9)
a.Basic principles of mineralogy
b.Basic principles of petrography
c.Regional geology Czech republic

2.Soil Science (allowance 27/27)
a.General definitions of soil
b.Soil mineralogy
c.Particle size distribution
d.Soil structure
e.Particle density, bulk density and porosity
f.Soil water content
g.Soil water content -- energy relationships
h.Water balance equation, soil moisture regimes
i.Soil consistency
j.Soil temperature regimes
k.Chemical composition of soils
l.Soil colloidal behavior
m.Ion exchange phenomena
n.Soil solution
o.Soil pH and pH buffering
p.Redox phenomena
q.Soil organic matter
r.Pedogenic processes
s.The Czech soil classification system
t.The Czech land capability classification

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge of soil science in crop production
-Ability to identify soil textural class, soil type and to asses soil environmental quality
-Knowledge of basic physical, hydro-physical, and chemical properties of soils
-Knowledge of the Czech taxonomic soil classification system
-Knowledge of the land assessment and valuation of farm land in the Czech Republic

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:- 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%)
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture36 h
     practice12 h
     seminar2 h
     laboratory work19 h
     professional educational excursion12 h
     preparation for exam90 h
     preparation for regular assessment30 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     report from excursion, tour, practical placement1 h
     elaboration of reports12 h
Total224 h

Basic reading list
  • HRUŠKA, B. -- JELÍNEK, S. Lesnická geologie. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1998. 197 p. ISBN 80-7157-321-3.
  • JANDÁK, J. et al. Cvičení z půdoznalství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 92 p. ISBN 978-80-7157-733-12009.
  • JANDÁK, J. -- POKORNÝ, E. -- PRAX, A. Půdoznalství. 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2007. 142 p. ISBN 978-80-7157-559-7.
  • JELÍNEK, S. -- BAJER, A. Cvičení z lesnické a zemědělské geologie. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2002. 83 p. ISBN 80-7157-610-7.
Recommended reading list
  • SUMNER, M. E. (ed.) Handbook of Soil Science. CRC PRESS, 2000. 2148 p. ISBN 0-8493-3136-6.