Course: Geography of a small region

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Course title Geography of a small region
Course code KGE/GMOB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Novotná Marie, Doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Geography of a small region as a basis for a regional or local analysis. Hierarchical access to studying geographical space; 2. Methods of regional research; 3 Sources of data for a geographic analysis of a small region. Application of statistical information. Materials for a cartographic analysis - basic geographic methods and elaborating map outputs; 4. Defining a region and a geographic location; 5. Assessment of natural differentiation of an area (geological conditions and topography, climatic conditions: temperature, precipitation, weather, hydrological conditions, characteristics of soil, biogeographic characteristics of a small region). Assessment of a landscape application; 6. Analysis of historical development; 7. Population assessment (number of inhabitants and their distribution, biological structure, economic activities, cultural characteristics and movement of population); 8. Settlements and their development (structure of settlements and their urban characteristics, housing stock quality); 9. Analysis of branches of the economy (development and structure of the economy, characteristics of industry, agriculture, forestry and water management, extraction of minerals, labour market analysis); 10. Transport networks and its usage. Transport accessibility; 11. Technical infrastructure: electric wiring network, gas installation, phone installation, water supply and sewerage, sewage treatment plants, waste disposal issues); 12. Social infrastructure assessment (school, medical, cultural and sport facilities); 13. Natural limits and nature conservation, preservation of monuments, landscape planning documentation. Prerequisites for areas to be used in tourism; 14. Selected tools for regulation of the development of a small region (regional politics, programmes of regional support of small and medium sized businesses, programmes of village renewal).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' portfolio, Individual study, Seminar, Field trip
  • Contact hours - 13 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 40 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 9 hours per semester
  • Practical training (number of hours) - 13 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Basic knowledge of the physiographic sphere, the Earth population and of the socioeconomic sphere. Basic knowledge of maps and dealing with maps. Application of the systems of geoinformation technologies.
learning outcomes
Students are able to: - elaborate geographic characteristics of a small region - a municipality or a micro-region; - deal with data gained by means of the methods of the field and empiric research, namely with statistical data; - join all the information in a geographic synthesis.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Field trip
Individual study
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
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 Economics Economic and Regional Geography (2013) Geography courses 1 Winter