Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Pollination and Beekeeping
Course code:OAV
Course title in language of instruction:Opylování a včelaření
Course title in Czech:Opylování a včelaření
Course title in English:Pollination and Beekeeping
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:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Antonín Přidal, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:Aim of the course beekeeping and pollination is to teach students to understand the importance of pollination activity of bees in its entirety, both in terms of requirements of plants and bees. Learning outcomes are highly specialized knowledge, advanced skills based on the content of the course name. Graduates are technically competent for self-management training activities by providing and assessing the pollination of plants and protection of bees from poisoning, which can not be predicted, and require new strategic approaches. They are competent to take responsibility for his contribution to professional knowledge and practice.
Course contents:
1.Pollination and beekeping today (allowance 2/0)
2.Bees as pollinators (Apoidea) (allowance 6/4)
3.Biology and bionomy of bees (allowance 8/0)
4.Technology of beekeeping and pollination (allowance 4/4)
5.Bee plants (allowance 0/3)
6.Indetification of bees and manipulation in honey bee colony (allowance 0/3)
7.Pesticides and bees and poisoning of bees (allowance 1/0)
8.Bumble bees and solityra bees in pollination technology (allowance 3/0)
9.Ethology of pollinators (allowance 0/4)
10.Ecology of pollinators - landscape and bees as a bioindicators (allowance 0/4)
11.Seminar presentation (allowance 0/2)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to make decisions
-ability to solve problems
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to solve problems in connection with ensuring pollination activity of bees in the field as well as in the technical isolation
-Ability to use knowledge in practice
-Professional competence and ability to take responsibility for managing expert activities regarding pollination of crops
-Professional knowledge in regard to the above.stated competences
-Understanding the importance of the pollination activity of bees in its entirety from the perspective of the requirements of plants as well as bees

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:Compliance with the conditions of a small credit (seminar work and seminar topic presented orally) and an oral examination of up to 30 minutes according to about 100 test questions. It evaluates the accuracy and completeness of answers to the selected theme as well as knowledge related to your topic. The examiner asks questions related to that topic, or only if he is not sure the complexity of the knowledge of the test student. Rating A: The only comprehensive answers without need additional query. Rating B: responses in complex with minor inaccuracies or omissions. Rating C: the need for additional questions to verify the knowledge and possibly some minor inaccuracies and incompleteness. Rating D minor ignorance. Rating E: significant ignorance or incompleteness to the topic and do not help or submission of additional queries. Rating F is applied when a non-response to the question or complete or partial substantial ignorance to the topic.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice12 h
     seminar2 h
     laboratory work2 h
     field work2 h
     professional educational excursion2 h
     project work4 h
     colloquium5 h
     public presentation (oral)1 h
     preparation for exam45 h
     preparation for regular assessment20 h
     preparation of presentation3 h
     elaboration of reports2 h
     elaboration and execution of projects12 h
     writing of seminar paper4 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • PŘIDAL, A. -- ČERMÁK, K. Včelařství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2005. 92 p. ISBN 80-7157-850-9.
  • PŘIDAL, A. Včelařství: cvičení. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2005. 40 p. ISBN 80-7157-852-5.
  • PŘIDAL, A. Ekologie opylovatelů: vysokoškolská učebnice. 2nd ed. Brno: Lynx, 2005. 108 p. ISBN 978-80-86877-04-4.
Recommended reading list
  • Changes in Fauna of Wild Bees in Europe. Bydgoszczy: 1995. 220 p. ISBN 83-7096-115-0.
  • GOULSON, D. Bumblebees : their behaviour and ecology. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 235 p. ISBN 0-19-852607-5.
  • SVENSSON, B. Foraging and nesting ecology of bumblebees /Bombus spp./ in angricultural landscapes in Sweden. Uppsala: SUAS, 2002. ISBN 91-576-5847-1.