Course: Selected topics in the Earth sciences

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Course title Selected topics in the Earth sciences
Course code KGE/VKG
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zágoršek Kamil, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1.Part: Earth sciences a.Geology, mineralogy, paleontology, petrology, geomorphology, pedogeography b.Geomorphology - its position within the geographic sciences c.Mutual relations and links between the Earth sciences 2.Part: Geology a.Earth composition b.Endogenous geological processes c.Geological structures 3.Part: Mineralogy and petrography a.Formation of rocks and minerals b.Mineralogical and petrographic system 4.Part: The geological evolution of the Earth and paleontology a.Chronological overview of evolution of life on Earth b.Other selected topics of paleontology 5.Part: Geomorphology a.Introduction to geomorphology b.Principles of landform classification c.Structural geomorphology of continents d.Structural and dynamic geomorphology of oceans e.Weathering processes f.Slope processes and slope development g.Exogenous processes 6.Part: Soil science, pedogeography a.Pedogenic processes b.Soil Classification 7.Part: Man and Earth Sciences a.Environmental geology and geomorphology b.Anthropogenic processes c.Geohazards d.Geoconservation, geoheritage

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Practical training (number of hours) - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 10 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) - 14 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for formative assessments - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course extends the compulsory subject Introducing to physical geography and it is focused on Earth sciences. Attention is especially paid to the geology and geomorphology, then further to soil science, petrography, mineralogy and palaeontology. The practical applications of Earth sciences are also discussed (e.g. geoconservation, use of Earth sciences in spatial planning).
Deeper knowledge of Earth Sciences Understanding the importance of Earth sciences The ability to see the relations between the Earth sciences
successful completion of the course Introducing to Physical Geography or high school leaving exam in geography (first-year students can also apply)

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam, Essay, Oral presentation of self-study

Students will understand the position of Earth sciences within the natural sciences and their relevance to geography, as well as they will become familiar with the basics of geology, geomorphology and other Earth sciences and will be able to appreciate their importance, particularly in environmental issues.
Recommended literature
  • Demek J. Obecná geomorfologie. Praha, 1987.
  • Horník S et al. Fyzická geografie II. . Praha, 1986.
  • Christopherson RW . Geosystems. 2006.
  • Pauk F, Habětín V . Geologie pro zeměpisce. Praha, 1979.
  • Strahler A . Introducing Physical geography. . 2011.
  • Tarbuck EJ, Lutgens FK . An introduction to physical geology. 2005.

Study plans that include the course
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