Course: Geography of Small Areas

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Course title Geography of Small Areas
Course code KGE/GMO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Novotná Marie, Doc. RNDr. CSc.
  • Matušková Alena, Doc. PaedDr. CSc.
Course content
This course consists of these items: 1. Geography small areas as a basis for regional or local analysis. 2. Methods of regional research. 3. Data sources for geographic analysis of small areas. Use of statistical information. Data for cartographic analysis - basic geographic processing method and map outputs. 4. Geographical location. 5. Evaluation of components of the physical-geographical sphere (geological and geomorphological conditions, waters: rivers, reservoirs, ponds and groundwater; climatic conditions: temperature, precipitation, weather; soil characteristics, biogeographical characteristics of small regions). Evaluation of land use. 6. Evaluation of population (count and distribution of population, biological structure, economic activity, cultural characteristics and migration). 7. Settlements and their development (distribution of urban settlements and their characteristics, the level of housing stock). 8. Evaluation of socio-economic activities (characteristics of agriculture, forestry and water management, mining, industry, structure, distribution and interaction in socio-economic sector, labour market analysis). 9. Transport networks and their use. Accessibility. 10. Evaluation of technical infrastructure (network wire, gas network, phone network , water supply and sewerage, wastewater treatment, wastes). 11. Social infrastructure (a level of housing, school facilities, health, cultural and sports facilities). 12. Natural limits and nature conservation, heritage protection and planning documentation. Conditions for tourism. 13. Town-planning documentation (territorial plans of settlements). Selected tools of guiding the development of small areas (regional policy, regional aid programs for small and medium enterprises, village rehabilitation program).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' portfolio, Individual study, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 13 hours per semester
  • Practical training (number of hours) - 13 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 5 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
to have a basic knowledge of the physical geography, population on the Earth and socio-economic sphere.
professional skills
process charts and graphs
general eligibility
N/A
N/A
N/A
learning outcomes
professional knowledge
to handle the geographical characteristic of a small area - a municipality or a microregion
They are able to relate acquired data into geographic synthesis.
professional skills
Using text resources for creating geographic characteristics of small areas
Using statistical resources for creating geographic characteristics of small areas
Using map resources for creating geographic characteristics of small areas
general eligibility
N/A
N/A
N/A
teaching methods
professional knowledge
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Individual study
Students' portfolio
Practicum
professional skills
Individual study
Practicum
general eligibility
Individual study
Practicum
assessment methods
professional knowledge
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
professional skills
Skills demonstration during seminar
Seminar work
general eligibility
Seminar work
Skills demonstration during practicum
Recommended literature
  • Dubcová, Alena et al. Mikrogeografia - krajina okolo nás. . Nitra, 2012. ISBN 978-80-558-0112-.
  • Kopp, Jan. Úvod do regionálního výzkumu. Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2001. ISBN 80-7082-762-9.
  • Mirvald, Stanislav. Metody geografického výzkumu. [Díl] I.. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Vydavatelství Západočeské univerzity, 1998. ISBN 80-7082-435-2.
  • Mištera, Ludvík . Úvod do geografického poznávání regionu. Plzeň, 1996. ISBN 80-7043-197-0.
  • Novotná, Marie. GIS Nečtinsko. V Plzni : Západočeská univerzita, 2006. ISBN 80-7043-425-2.
  • Winter, Jiří. Základy regionálního výzkumu : malá oblast. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Pedagogická fakulta Západočeské univerzity, 1993. ISBN 80-7043-085-0.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (1) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in Geography (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Applied Sciences Land-use Planning (2014) Special and interdisciplinary fields 1 Winter
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (13) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in Geography (16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Applied Sciences Land-use Planning (2013) Special and interdisciplinary fields 1 Winter
Faculty of Education SS Teacher Training in Geography (15) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in Geography (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter
Faculty of Applied Sciences Land-use Planning (2016) Special and interdisciplinary fields 1 Winter
Faculty of Applied Sciences Land-use Planning (2017) Special and interdisciplinary fields 1 Winter
Faculty of Education Geography in Education (14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Education BS Teacher Training in Geography (17) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter
Faculty of Applied Sciences Training Teachers of Mathematics at Higher Secondary Scholls (2014) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Winter