541-0120/03 – Geohazards (GHZ)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geological EngineeringCredits2
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
MAR31 prof. Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.
NIE096 Ing. Dominik Niemiec, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 2+0
Part-time Graded credit 8+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The introduction of all processes, which potentionally or feasibly lead to situation causes damages or threat in a specific region and time. Those processes are known under a comprehensive term geohazards.

Teaching methods



Geohazards are defined as processes, which potentionally or feasibly cause damages or threats. There are processes originating in relation to geological, meteorological or environmental processes in lithosphere, hydrosphere or atmosphere. Teh subject gives the students practically applicable information about individual processes threatening socio-economic development of specific area. The understanding of relation among initial factors and following negative processes affecting the area is basic in the systems analysis of those threats. Passing this subject gives the student special skills to predict and solve threats in specific area and time. It can eliminate in practice effects of geohazards.

Compulsory literature:

USGS, Science for a changing world, U.S. Department of the Interior. From: PRICE, D. G.: Engineering geology: principles and practice. Berlin: Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-3-540-29249-4.

Recommended literature:

RAHN, P., H.: Engineering Geology: An Environmental Approach, Prentice Hall PTR; 2nd edition. 1996, 657 pp.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Knowledge are checked during the semester by a semester project and presentations in MS PowerPoint. The course is completed by an examination, which may be scheduled having gained the initial credit. The examination is divided into a written and oral part.


Other requirements

The study recommended literature. Complete the projects and written test to checking the knowledge in the professional literature, the content of lectures and exercises.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Weathering 2. Erosion 3. Changes in hydrological conditions in the area 4. Avalanches 5. Floods 6. Changes in hydrogeological conditions (balancing of groundwater table, direction of groundwater flow) 7. Suffosion 8. Collapse of loesses and volume changes in clays (swelling, shrinkage) 9. Boiling of sand 10. Karst phenomena 11. Influence of water on landslides 12. Tsunamis 13. Tree felling and deforestation, soil erosion 14. Accidents – dam failure, infiltration of toxic liquids

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Graded credit Graded credit 100  51 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Regular attendance at exercises. Complete and present the project. Written and oral exam checking knowledge in the scope of the specified professional literature, content of lectures and exercises.

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Participation in lectures and exercises is not necessary. Complete the project according to the teacher's instructions and presenting it on the agreed date. Written and oral exam checking knowledge in the scope of the specified professional literature, content of lectures and exercises.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry P Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290012) Environmental Protection within Industry K Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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