Course: Introducing Physical Geography

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Course title Introducing Physical Geography
Course code CBG/EFG2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Mentlík Pavel, Doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
This course consists of these issues: Biosphere and its relations with other geospheres, cycles of fundamental elements and substances in the global Earth system. Ecological biogeography, organism and environment, biocenosis, ecosystem, migration, geobiomes and their distribution on the Earth. Changes in the distribution of organisms on the Earth with regard to changing environmental conditions. Pedosphere and its relations with other geospheres. The basic components of soil, pedogenesis. Properties of soils, soil forming processes, a soil structure, soil types and styles, soil profiles and horizons. Soil distribution on the Earth in relation to geobiomes. Changes in the soil distribution on the Earth with regard to changing environmental conditions, permafrost. Georelief as a point of an intersection of geospheres. Fundamental paradigms and research methods in geomorphology. An influence of geological structure on georelief. Dynamic geomorphology - gravitational, fluvial, periglacial and glacial forms. Changes of geomorphological processes with regard to changing environmental conditions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Collaborative instruction, Project-based instruction, Discussion, Lecture
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 30 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 24 hours per semester
  • Practical training (number of hours) - 24 hours per semester
  • Individual project (40) - 5 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
To join the course students are expected to have basic knowledge of natural sciences at high school level and it is recommended to have accomplished the courses KGE/GELA, KGE/FG1 or KMA/APA
learning outcomes
After completing the part of biogeography students are able to: - explain how ecological factors affect the distribution of organisms on the Earth; - distinguish the main geobiomes with regard to the prevailing ecological factors; - analyze changes in the distribution of organisms on the Earth with regard to changing environmental conditions. After completing the part of pedogeography students are able to: - identify fundamental factors affecting the soil distribution on the Earth; - explain the process of pedogenesis and the resulting classification of soils; - distinguish the main soil types; - compare the distribution of geobiomes and the main soil types; - analyze changes in the distribution of soils on the Earth with regard to changing environmental conditions. After completing the part of geomorphology students are able to: - explain the fundamental paradigms of geomorphology and the main methods of geomorphological research; - distinguish the main structural, gravitational, fluvial and glacial landforms; - analyze changes in the distribution of geomorphological processes with regard to changing environmental conditions.
teaching methods
Lecture
Project-based instruction
Collaborative instruction
Discussion
assessment methods
Oral exam
Written exam
Practical exam
Recommended literature
  • Huggett, Richard J. Fundamentals of geomorphology. London : Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0-203-47063-X.
  • Huggett, Richard J. Physical geography : the key concepts. London : Routledge, 2009. ISBN 978-0-415-45208-3.
  • Strahler, Alan; Strahler, Arthur. Introducing physical geography. 3rd ed. New York : John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN 0-471-41741-6.
  • Summerfield, Michael A. Global geomorfology : an introduction to the study of landforms. 1st pub. Harlow : Pearson/Prentice Hall, 1991. ISBN 0-582-30156-4.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Psychology in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (14) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Chemistry in Education (13) Chemistry courses - -
Faculty of Education - (13) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Psychology in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Chemistry in Education (16) Chemistry courses - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (16) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education - (16) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Health Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education German Language in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education History in Education (16) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Chemistry in Education (17) Chemistry courses - -
Faculty of Education - (17) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Biology in Education (15) Biology courses - -
Faculty of Education Physics in Education (15) Physics courses - -
Faculty of Education - (14) History courses - -
Faculty of Education German Language in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Music in Education (14) Art and applied art - -
Faculty of Education History in Education (14) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Physics in Education (13) Physics courses - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (13) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Health Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (16) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (17) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (15) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education German Language in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (14) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (13) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Health Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Psychology in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education - (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Psychology in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (17) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education - (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education German Language in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Music in Education (17) Art and applied art - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (15) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education Chemistry in Education (15) Chemistry courses - -
Faculty of Education Health Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Music in Education (15) Art and applied art - -
Faculty of Education Chemistry in Education (14) Chemistry courses - -
Faculty of Education Health Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Music in Education (16) Art and applied art - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (17) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education Physics in Education (17) Physics courses - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Practical Training Teaching (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (16) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (16) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Biology in Education (17) Biology courses - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (15) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education - (15) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Biology in Education (14) Biology courses - -
Faculty of Education Physics in Education (14) Physics courses - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (14) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (13) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education Biology in Education (13) Biology courses - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (13) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education German Language in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Biology in Education (16) Biology courses - -
Faculty of Education Physics in Education (16) Physics courses - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (17) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education History in Education (17) History courses - -
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Information Technologies in Education (14) Informatics courses - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Psychology in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Russian Language in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Visual Culture in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Czech Language in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education Studies in Mathematics (1) Mathematics courses - -
Faculty of Education Physical Education in Education (1) Physical education and sport - -
Faculty of Education - (1) History courses - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - -