Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Radioecology
Course code:RADEK
Course title in language of instruction:Radioekologie
Course title in Czech:Radioekologie
Course title in English:Radioecology
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
Semester:WS 2016/2017 - FA
Name of lecturer:Mgr. Jan Novák, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:Organic Chemistry - P or Chemistry - P
Aims of the course:To acquaint the students with original, topical and potential sources of radioactive contamination of the environment; behaviour and fate of radionuclides in the environment - radionuclide transport processes - biogenic migration of radionuclides; specific effects of ionising radiation on organisms; protection of soil, crops and farm animals against adverse effects of the pollutants. The student will master information applicable in the protection of all components of the environment against radionuclides (sources of ionising radiation) and how to apply the phenomenon of radioactivity in human activities with a focus on agriculture, food production and forestry.
Course contents:
1.Content of lectures (allowance 28/0)
a.Fundamentals of atomic theory, radioactivity, radionuclides and radioactive decay
b.Detection method and radioactivity analysis
c.Sources of ionising radiation and radionuclides in the environment
d.Biogenic transport processes of natural and man-made radionuclides
e.Effects of ionising radiation on organisms, and dosimetry
f.Application of radionuclides and ionising radiation in agriculture, food production and research
g.Regulations and radiation safety - radioactivity and international co-ordination in the area of protection of agriculture, food production and forestry against radioactive pollutants

2.Practical exercises (allowance 0/28)
a.Students will be informed about, and will be able to examine or to practise, the properties and detection of radionuclides, analysis and the handling of radioactive-contaminated samples.

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-capacity to adapt to new situations

Specific competences:
-Ability for comlex solving of radioecological problems
-Competences for a safe application of the radioactivity phenomenon in human activities with a focus on agriculture, food production and forestry.
-Knowledge of all sources of radioactive contamination of the environment, and of specific effects of ionizing radiation on organisms.
-Skills applicable in the protection of the environment components against radionuclides (sources of ionizing radiation).
-Understanding the biogenic migration of radionuclides in the environment, and protection of soil, crops and farm animals against the pollutants.

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:Test + Credit + Examination
To receive a basic credit (30 % of the total mark) is required: Participation on all practical exercises, and on 1 - 2 30-minute written compulsory tests (you have receive minimally 60 % of maximum number of points), and completing the exercise protocols.
The course is finished with 20-30-minute oral exam (70 % of the total mark). The basic credit is compulsory for final exam participation. Minimum requirements for successful evaluation are knowledge of in lectures presented information.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice22 h
     seminar4 h
     professional educational excursion6 h
     consultation4 h
     preparation for exam37 h
     preparation for regular assessment15 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     elaboration of reports18 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • PÖSCHL, M. Základy radioekologie. Brno: MZLU v Brně, 2006. 116 p. první vydání. ISBN 80-7375-010-4.
  • PÖSCHL, M. -- NOLLET, L. Radionuclide Concentrations in Food and the Environment. Boca Raton - London - New York : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2007. 458 p. ISBN 0-8493-3594-9.
  • HÁLA, J. -- NAVRATIL, J D. Radioactivity, Ionizing Radiation, and Nuclear Energy. Brno, Czech Republic: Konvoj, 2003. 467 p. ISBN 80-7302-053-X.
  • Radioactivity: introduction and history. 1st ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007. 609 p. ISBN 978-0-444-52715-8.
Recommended reading list
  • HÁLA, J. Izotopy v biologii. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, n.p., Praha 1, 1976. 280 p.
  • HÁLA, J. Radioaktivita, ionizující záření, jaderná energie. 1st ed. Brno: Konvoj, 1998. 310 p. ISBN 80-85615-56-8.
  • PÖSCHL, M. Radionuclide Concentration in Food. In: NOLLET, L. Handbook of Food Analysis (Methods and Instruments in Applied Food Analysis). 2nd ed. New York -- Basel: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2004. p. 1979--1998. ISBN 0-8247-5038-1.
  • PÖSCHL, M. Základy měření radioaktivity: (návody do cvičení). 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2005. 59 p. ISBN 80-7157-877-0.
  • PROCHÁZKA, Z. Veterinární radiobiologie a radiační hygiena (1.část). 1st ed. Brno: Vysoká škola veterinární, 1992. 126 p.
  • PROCHÁZKA, Z. Veterinární radiobiologie a radiační hygiena (2.část). 1st ed. Brno: Vysoká škola veterinární a farmaceutická, 1992. 188 p.
  • SCHULTZ, V. -- WHICKER, F W. Radioecology: Nuclear Energy and the Environment (Vol. I. & II.). Florida: CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, USA, 1982.