Course: Physical Geography of the Czech Republic

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Course title Physical Geography of the Czech Republic
Course code CBG/FGCRS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
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)
  • Vočadlová Klára, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Mentlík Pavel, Doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction - delimitation of the state territory, geographical position; 2.+3. Geology and geological development of the Bohemian Massif and the Carpathian; 4.+5. Geomorphology - quaternary development, main geomorphologic features, regional geomorphology; 6. Climate conditions - main characteristic, factors; 7. Hydrological conditions - spatial distribution of water resources, factors; 8. Pedogeography - spatial distribution of soil types; 9. Biogeography - sources of species diversity, bioregions, factors influencing diversity and spatial distribution of species; 10. Landscape changes - Pleistocene and Holocene changes, landscape phenomenons; 11. Landscape protection, protected areas; 12. State of the environment - indicators, historical trends in pollution, causes and effects; 13. Geographical regions. Tutorials: Work with thematic maps (Atlas of the landscape, geological maps etc.), data processing and interpretation, revision of regional topography.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Collaborative instruction, Discussion, Self-study of literature, Textual studies, Lecture, Seminar
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 30 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
Elementary knowledge of physical geography (hydrology, pedology, geology, geomorphology, biogeography, meteorology, climatology). Secondary knowledge of topography and regional geography of the Czech Republic. GEO1, GEO2 and GEO3 lectures are recommanded.
learning outcomes
Students are able to: - memorise basic concepts linked to physical geography of Czech Republic (CR) - identify constituent geographical elements of CR; - understand the basic processes which formed the territory of CR - give examples of main phases of the development, express mutual relationships among various physical geographical (PG) spheres; - apply general principles of PG systems - examples from the CR, e.g. changes of PH characteristics according to climate zonation; - analyse factors and causalities influencing regional differences between abiotic and biotic components of the landscape; - evaluate historical landscape development - judge current state of PG spheres, assessment of changes in landscape management and protection; - create own (individual) regionalisation of the CR and compare selected regions. Students will develop their basic professional knowledge and skills useful in later educational practice at secondary school. Students will be able of didactical transformation of learned topic on secondary school level.
teaching methods
Lecture
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Seminar
Textual studies
Collaborative instruction
Self-study of literature
Discussion
assessment methods
Combined exam
Continuous assessment
Recommended literature
  • Atlas ČSSR : Učební pomůcka pro zákl. a stř. školy. 4., nezm. vyd. Praha : Geodetický a kartografický podnik, 1987.
  • Vodní toky a nádrže. 1. vyd. Praha : Academia, 1984.
  • Webové stránky Informační systém statistiky a reportingu CENIA.
  • Balatka, B., Kalvoda, J. Geomorfologické členění Čech. Praha, Kartografie, 2006.
  • Balatka, Břetislav,; Rubín, Josef. Přírodní klenoty České republiky. Vyd. 1. Praha : Academia, 2006. ISBN 80-200-1377-6.
  • Blažek, Vladimír; Němec, Jan; Hladný, Josef. Voda v České republice. Praha: Consult, 2006. ISBN 80-903482-1-1.
  • Demek, Jaromír. Hory a nížiny. 1. vyd. Praha : Academia, 1987.
  • Hrnčiarová T., Mackovčin, P., Zvara, I. Atlas krajiny České republiky. Průhonice, 2010.
  • Chlupáč, Ivo. Geologická minulost České republiky. Praha : Academia, 2002. ISBN 80-200-0914-0.
  • Kozák, Josef; Němeček, Jan. Atlas půd České republiky. 2., upr. vyd. Praha : ČZU Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-213-2008-6.
  • Kunský, Josef. Československo fyzicky zeměpisně. Praha : Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1974.
  • Ložek, Vojen. Příroda ve čtvrtohorách. Praha : Academia, 1973.
  • Ložek, Vojen. Zrcadlo minulosti : česká a slovenská krajina v kvartéru. 2. vyd. Praha : Dokořán, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7363-340-0.
  • Mištera, Ludvík; Bašovský, Oliver,; Demek, Jaromír. Geografie Československé socialistické republiky. 1. vyd. Praha : SPN, 1985.
  • Moldan, Bedřich. Životní prostředí České republiky : vývoj a stav do konce roku 1989. 1. vyd. Praha : Academia, 1990. ISBN 80-200-0292-8.
  • On-line katalogy knihoven. On-line katalogy knihoven.
  • Urbášková, Stanislava. Česká republika sešitový atlas pro základní školy a víceletá gymnázia. 2. vyd. Praha : Kartografie Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7393-041-7.
  • Viturka, Milan. Atlas životního prostředí a zdraví obyvatelstva ČSFR = Atlas of the environment and health of the population of the ČSFR. Brno : Geografický ústav ČSAV, 1992.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Economics Economic and Regional Geography (2013) Geography courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2014) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Summer
Faculty of Economics Economic and Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2015) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Economics Economic and Regional Geography (2017) Geography courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2016) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2016) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2015) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer