545-0175/01 – Raw Materials in Industry (SP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Economics and Control SystemsCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Roman Kozel, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Roman Kozel, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2021/2022Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KOZ99 doc. Ing. Roman Kozel, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+8

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Identify the importance of raw materials for the national economy. Explain the relationship between supply and demand in the market of individual raw materials. Apply the use of raw materials in selected industries. Assess the usability of raw materials in a specific market. Suggest alternative uses of raw materials.

Teaching methods

Project work


The course focuses on the application potential of raw materials in selected industries. The lectures emphasize the application of final mineral products in target markets. During the exercises, students gain practical experience by working on a semester project on the topic of target markets for products of selected minerals in a particular industry.

Compulsory literature:

BLENGINI G.A. et al. Study on the EU's list of Critical Raw Materials. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2020. ISBN 978-92-76-21049-8. RADETZKI, Marina; WÅRELL, Linda. A Handbook of Primary Commodities in the Global Economy. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1108841542. STAHEL, Walter R. The Circular Economy: A User's Guide. Routledge, 2019. ISBN: 978-0367200176. TILTON, John E. a Juan Ignacio GUZMÁN. Mineral economics and policy. New York: RFF Press, Resources for the Future, 2016. ISBN 978-1-61726-088-9.

Recommended literature:

BROWN, T.J. et al. World Mineral Production 2015-19. Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey, 2021. ISBN 978-0-85272-790-4. WELLMER, Friedrich-W. et al. Raw Materials for Future Energy Supply. Springer, 2018. ISBN 978-3319912288 CLAYTON, Blake C. Commodity Markets and the Global Economy. Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1107042513. WAGNER, Lorie A. Materials in the economy: material flows, scarcity, and the environment. Denver: U.S. Geological Survey, 2002. ISBN 0-607-98412-0.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Semester project presentation and written and oral exam.


The learning management system Moodle (lms.vsb.cz) is used for communication beyond the presentations, which enables communication not only between the teacher and students, but also between students.

Other requirements

Semester project Minimum participation 50% Individually according to the instructions of the teacher


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Importance of raw materials in the product chain 2. The position of raw materials in individual sectors of the national economy 3. Perspectives of using domestic minerals 4. Superstrategic (critical) raw materials of the present 5. Mining industry, comparison of supply and demand 6. Areas of application of chemical industry products 7. Non-metallic raw materials in the glass and ceramic industry 8. Iron and non-ferrous metal ores in the metallurgical industry 9. Application of raw materials in heavy and medium engineering 10. Use of precious metals in light and precise engineering 11. Application of raw materials in other processing industries 12. Importance of raw materials in the energy industry 13. Use of raw materials in the construction industry 14. The position of secondary raw materials in the circular economy

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2021/2022 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 45 (45) 25
                Semestrální projekt Semestral project 45  25
        Examination Examination 55 (55) 26 3
                Písemná zkouška Written examination 30  14
                Ústní zkouška Oral examination 25  12
Mandatory attendence participation: at least 50%

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics K Czech Most 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics K Czech Most 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0724A290011) Mineral Economics K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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