Study programmes / B-HE Horticultural Engineering / Microbiology p/t
Course code:KMIB
Course title in language of instruction:K-Mikrobiologie
Course title in Czech:K-Mikrobiologie
Course title in English:Microbiology p/t
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:part-time, 19/10
(part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FH
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Libor Kalhotka, Ph.D. (instructor)
Ing. Ivan Tůma, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Jaroslav Záhora, CSc. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:To familiarize students with the development of general microbiology and the basic characteristics of microorganisms, their ecology and significance for human bean, for the cycles of elements in nature, for growing plants (especially in horticulture) and their use in biotechnology.
Course contents:
1.Microbiology as a discipline and its historical development (allowance 1/0)
2.Basic characteristics of microorganisms (allowance 10/6)
a.Chemical composition of microorganisms
b.Morphology, cytology, and genetics of microorganisms
c.Important group of microorganisms - organisms without a cell structure, the Prokaryotes, and the Eukaryotes
d.Microbial growth and reproduction
e.Microbial metabolism (catabolic and anabolic processes)

3.Ecological and economic importance of microorganisms (allowance 6/3)
a.Influence of abiotic and biotic factors on microbial activities
b.Interactions between microorganisms, plants and animals - the symbiosis of plants and microorganisms (atmospheric nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza)
c.Soil microorganisms
d.Decomposition of organic matter

4.The role of microorganisms in the carbon-, nitrogen-, phosphorus- and sulfur cycles in nature with special emphasis on agroecosystems (allowance 2/1)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to solve problems
-ability to work independently
-capacity to learn
-general knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Competence for orientation in mutual relations among microorganisms, plants and animals
-Competences to understand the significance of microorganisms for the stability of biosphere with a spatial orientation for agro-ecosystems
-Knowledge of basic types of microbial metabolisms and microbe reproduction
-Skills to determine the spectrum of living forms of microorganisms and their species richness
-Skills to perceive importance of microorganisms in decomposition processes and cycles of basic elements

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:Course credit: requirements - equivalent presence in seminars, prepared protocol of seminar.
Examination: writing preparation and oral exam (duration of 30 minutes in total) consist of 4 questions from separate thematic fields. Precondition for passing the subject - to answer each of the questions at least with mark E.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture19 h
     practice10 h
     seminar10 h
     consultation14 h
     preparation for exam75 h
     preparation for regular testing12 h
     elaboration of reports20 h
     writing of seminar paper8 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • TŮMA, I. Mikrobiologie : (pro zahradnické obory). Obecná část . Díl 1. Brno: Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 137 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-226-7.
  • TŮMA, I. Mikrobiologie (pro zahradnické obory) Díl 2. Ekologie mikroorganismů. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 102 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-227-4. URL:
  • MADIGAN, M T. -- BROCK, T D. et al. Brock biology of microorganisms. 12th ed. San Francisco [u.a.: Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, ISBN 978-0-321-53615-0.
  • ŠILHÁNKOVÁ, L. Mikrobiologie pro potravináře a biotechnology. 3rd ed. Praha: Academia, 2002. 363 p. ISBN 80-200-1024-6.
Recommended reading list
  • Poĺnohospodárska mikrobiológia. 1st ed. Bratislava: Príroda, 1987. 432 p.