Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Ecology of Aquatic Environment
Course code:EVP
Course title in language of instruction:Ekologie vodního prostředí
Course title in Czech:Ekologie vodního prostředí
Course title in English:Ecology of Aquatic Environment
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:master; master continuing
Semester:SS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Radovan Kopp, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Lukáš Mareš (instructor)
Mgr. Pavla Řezníčková, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
RNDr. Michal Šorf, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Aims of the course:The aim of this course is to acquire detailed knowledge about interactions among aquatic organism and between aquatic organisms and their environment. Basic characteristics of aquatic ecosystem of both the lotic nad lentic waters are presented.
Course contents:
1.Ecology of the water environment (allowance 28/28)
a.Water importance, physical water parameters (3/3)
Water temperature, density, viscosity, surface tension, hydrostatic pressure, light, transparency, colour, smell, circulation
b.Chemical water parameters (3/3)
pH, alkalinity, conduktivity, redox potential, salinity, gages dissolved in the water, biogenic elements, organic substance
c.Basic ecological terms, community of aquatic organisms (2/2)Plankton,benthos,nekton,pleuston, neuston
d.Water biotope, inland water (3/3)
Underground water, running and standing water
f.Effect of human activity on water environment (2/2)
Effect on running or standing waters and ocean
g.Adaptation of organism in water environment (3/3)
Feed, motion, respiration
h.Water flora (2/2)
i.Water fauna (2/2)
j.Food chain, production, productivity (1/1)
k.Population, interspecies relations (2/2)
l.Saprobiology, water pollution and treatment (2/2)
m.Trophology, water eutrophication (1/1)
n.Water toxicity (1/1)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to solve problems
-ability to work independently
-professional knowledge
-science and research skills

Specific competences:
-Ability to be knowledgeable in the basic ecological terms
-Based on theoretical knowledge of natural aquatic ecosystems to assess the impact of human activity
-Knowledge of basic principles occuring in groud, flowing and standing waters
-Knowledge of basic species of phytobenthos, phytoplankton, periphyton, macrophytes, macroinvertebrates and vertebrates in the Czech Republic waters
-Knowledge of hydrochemical processes in waters

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:Field course participation is obligatory. The final examination consists of elaboration and defend of seminar work (25%) and final written exam, oral exam if failed (75%).
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     preparation for exam70 h
     preparation for regular assessment22 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • KALFF, J. Limnology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 2002. 608 p. ISBN 0-13-033775-7.
  • LAMPERT, W. -- SOMMER, U. Limnoecology. London: Oxford University Press, 2007. 324 p.
  • LELLÁK, J. -- KUBÍČEK, F. Hydrobiologie. 1st ed. Praha: Karolinum, 1992. 257 p. ISBN 80-7066-530-0.
  • DODDS , W. -- WHILES, M. Freshwater Ecology, Second Edition: Concepts and Environmental Applications of Limnology. USA: Academic Press, 2010. 829 p. ISBN 80-7157-923-8.
Recommended reading list
  • SPURNÝ, P. -- MAREŠ, J. -- KOPP, R. -- ŘEZNÍČKOVÁ, P. Hydrobiologie a rybářství. 1st ed. 250 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-345-5.