Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Soil Erosion Control
Course code:PROOP
Course title in language of instruction:Protierozní ochrana půdy
Course title in Czech:Protierozní ochrana půdy
Course title in English:Soil Erosion Control
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 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 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Jana Kozlovsky Dufková, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Martina Urbanová (instructor)
Prerequisites:Soil Science or Soil Science 1 or Soil Science 2 or PED
Aims of the course:The aim of the subject is to give information about problem of erosion of agricultural and nonagricultural soils. After completion of the subject, students will be able to evaluate the threat of especially agricultural soils by water, wind, and snow erosion, and will be able to propose suitable erosion control measures.
Course contents:
1.Soil erosion (allowance 2/2)
a.Idea, classification, causes, consequences, spreading

2.Water erosion (allowance 6/22)
a.Theory of water erosion
b.Determination of water erosion -- USLE, MUSLE
c.Erosion control measures -- organization, agrotechnical, (bio)technical
d.Torrent and gully control
e.Influence of erosion products on water pollution

3.Wind erosion (allowance 4/0)
a.Theory of wind erosion
b.Determination of wind erosion -- potential, actual
c.Erosion control measures -- organization, agrotechnical, (bio)technical

4.Snow erosion (allowance 2/0)
a.Theory of snow erosion
b.Determination of erosion from snow melting

5.Logging erosion (allowance 2/0)
a.Theory of logging erosion

6.Project and realization of erosion control measures (allowance 2/0)
a.Project of erosion control measures
b.Realization of erosion control measures
c.Funding of erosion control measures
d.Legislation of soil erosion control

7.Methods of erosion research (allowance 2/0)
a.Methods of water erosion research
b.Methods of wind erosion research

8.Modelling of soil erosion (allowance 2/0)
a.Empirical models of soil erosion
b.Simulation models of soil erosion and runoff processes

9.Influence of climate change on soil erosion (allowance 2/0)
b.Influence on water, wind and snow erosion

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to organize and plan ahead

Specific competences:
-ability to compute water, wind and snow erosion intensity
-ability to project water and wind erosion control measures
-Ability to solve problems in soil erosion control
-Ability to work with maps
-Increase the level of graphic expression
-knowledge of problem of erosion on agricultural and non-agricultural land
- knowledge of software modelling of soil erosion

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
For credit obtaining it is necessary to meet several requirements and points following from it:
- attendance of seminars - min. 12, max. 20 points,
- project - min. 24, max. 40 points,
- written credit test - min. 24, max. 40 points,
- in total - min. 60, max. 100 points.
It is possible to gain 100 points in total in seminars. Minimum number of points is 60, where minimum number of points must be fulfilled in each of the items.
Overall evaluation of the subject is influenced by the evaluation of the seminars from one third. Points from seminars in total determine the final mark as follows:
A = 93,0-100,0 points,
B = 85,0-92,9 points,
C = 77,0-84,9 points,
D = 69,0-76,9 points,
E = 60,0-68,9 points.

Credit is compulsory for final exam participation. Final exam can be oral or written (student's choice). Two questions are necessary to answer during both forms of exam. Each question/answer is marked separately. Final mark of the subject is calculated as an average from the two exam marks and mark from seminars. Any of the mentioned three marks must not be "F".
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     consultation10 h
     project work24 h
     preparation for exam38 h
     preparation for regular assessment12 h
     preparation for regular testing12 h
     elaboration and execution of projects24 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • PODHRÁZSKÁ, J. -- DUFKOVÁ, J. Protierozní ochrana půdy. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2005. 95 p. ISBN 80-7157-856-8.
  • KOZLOVSKY DUFKOVÁ, J. Krajinné inženýrství. 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 120 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-354-7.
Recommended reading list
  • JANEČEK, M. Ochrana zemědělské půdy před erozí. Certifikovaná metodika. Praha: FŽP ČZU a Powerprint Praha, 2012. 113 p. ISBN 978-80-87415-42-9.
  • JANEČEK, M. Základy erodologie. 1st ed. Praha: Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, 2008. 165 p. ISBN 978-80-213-1842-7.
  • Soil erosion in Europe. Chichester, England: Wiley, 855 p. ISBN 978-0-470-85910-0.
  • Soil erosion and conservation. 3rd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2005. 304 p. ISBN 978-1-4051-1781-4.