Study programmes / B-HE Horticultural Engineering / Pedology (p/t)
Course code:KPED
Course title in language of instruction:K-Pedologie
Course title in Czech:K-Pedologie
Course title in English:Pedology (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, 14/5
(part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FH
Name of lecturer:Ing. Jiří Jandák, CSc. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:Introduction students to soil properties, genesis, soil classification, land evaluation and land resources of Czech Republic. Student will be skill in determination of soil type and soil properties evaluation in relation to horticultural production and soil protection. The student became knowing with role of soil in stability of ecosystems and influence about flow and balance materials and energy.
Course contents:
1.Concepts of soil (allowance 1/0)
a.General definitions of soil
b.Soil as a natural body

2.Soil mineralogy (allowance 1/0)
a.Primary minerals
b.Phyllosilicates, poorly crystalline aluminosilicate clays

3.Soil organic matter (allowance 1/1)
4.Soil physics (allowance 4/2)
a.Particle size distribution
b.Soil structure
c.Particle density, bulk density and porosity
d.Soil water content
e.Soil water content -- energy relationships
f.Water balance equation, soil moisture regimes

5.Soil chemistry (allowance 3/0)
a.Chemical composition of soils
b.Soil colloidal behavior
c.Ion exchange phenomena
d.Soil pH and pH buffering

6.Pedology (allowance 3/2)
a.Pedogenic processes
b.The Czech soil classification system

7.Soil resources in Czech Republic, the Czech land capability classification (allowance 1/0)
a.Soil resources in Czech Republic
b.The Czech land capability classification

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
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge of soil science in horticulture and viticulture
-Ability to assess soil environmental quality
-Ability to identify soil textural class and soil type
-Analysis and synthesis of soil-plant-atmosphere with emphasis on weather and climate

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:Final examination (written, length 30 min, 3 questions, the minimal requirements for passing 80%, and oral, length 20 min, 3 questions, the minimal requirements for passing 80%)
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture14 h
     seminar5 h
     preparation for exam149 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • JANDÁK, J. -- POKORNÝ, E. -- PRAX, A. Půdoznalství. 3rd ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2010. 143 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-445-7.
  • JANDÁK, J. et al. Cvičení z půdoznalství. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2003. 92 p. ISBN 978-80-7157-733-12009.
Recommended reading list
  • JANDÁK, J. -- HYBLER, V. -- POKORNÝ, E. Nejrozšířenější půdní typy České republiky, Brno: Výukový videofilm MZLU, 38 min.  [online]. 2002. URL: http://VHS/DVD.
  • HRAŠKO, J. -- BEDRNA, Z. Aplikované pôdoznalectvo. 1st ed. Bratislava: Príroda, 1988. 473 p.
  • JANDÁK, J. -- POKORNÝ, E. -- HYBLER, V. -- POSPÍŠILOVÁ, L. Základní metody odběru půdních vzorků.  [DVD-ROM]. 2005.