546-0308/08 – Pedology (PEDB)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
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KUP73 doc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1
Part-time Credit and Examination 8+4

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The course introduces the basics of soil science as part of ecosystems and as environmental components. Teaching follows the geological objects (Mineralogy and Petrography, Geology) and creates a foundation for the study of soil protection. After completing it, the student is fully aware of the complex nature of the soil environment and multidisciplinarity in its study. The student is able to characterize the basic parameters of soil from a physical, chemical, physico-chemical, biochemical and biological point of view. The student understands the connection between natural conditions and soil conditions in the Czech Republic, which can characterize and is fully aware of why it is important to protect the soil.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Project work
Terrain work


The content of the course will be designed so that the content of all chapters included in it is explained on the basis of specific examples related to the issue of environmental protection in industry and explaining this issue. The study focuses on soil as a part of ecosystems and a component of the environment. Attention is paid to the issue of agricultural, forest and urban soils. As a basis for understanding soil processes, soil properties are studied from various perspectives (physical, chemical, physico-chemical, biochemical and biological). Attention is also paid to the characteristics of soils in the Czech Republic. The soil classification is based on the international classification of soils.

Compulsory literature:

BLANCO, H. and R. LAL. Principles of Soil Conservation and Management. Springer: KOROS Press Limited, 2017. 617 p. ISBN-13 978-1402087080 RANDALL, J. E. Soil Protection and Soil Improvement. Franklin Classics, 2018. 104 p. ISBN-13: 978-0342528257. WEIL, R. R., and N. C. Brady. The Nature and Properties of Soils. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2017. 804 p. ISBN-13: 978-0133254488 WHITE, R. E. Principles and Practice of Soil. Science The Soil As a Natural Resource. Maldon: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 376 p. ISBN 978-0-632-06455-7

Recommended literature:

ASHMAN, M. and G. PURI. Essential Soil Science. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 2002. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-632-04885-4 BRADY, N. C., WEIL, R.R. The nature and properties of soils. Boston (USA): Pearson, 2016, 1104 p. ISBN-13: 978-0133254488 OTTEN, A. et al. In Situ Soil Remediation. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. 116 p. ISBN 978-94-010-6359-3 RETALLACK, G. J. Soils of the Past: An Introduction to Paleopedology. 2019. 552 p. ISBN: 978-1-119-53045-9

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

Studium doporučené literatury. Zpracování projektů zadaných na cvičení, písemná a ústní zkouška prověřující znalosti v rozsahu uvedené odborné literatury, obsahu přednášek a cvičení.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Definition of soil. Soil, its basic features and characteristics. Soil functions. 2. Main degradation processes of soils in the Czech Republic. 3. Weathering processes. 4. Main soil-forming factors. Soil-forming processes. 5. Mineral composition of soils. 6. Humus. 7. Soil organisms. 8. Soil water and soil air. 9. Grain composition of soils. 10. Physical, soil properties. 11. Chemical properties of soils. 12. Sorption properties of soils. 13. Classification of soils. Soil sampling and analysis.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 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 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  34 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Participation in lectures and exercises.

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Within the ISP, the student is obliged to attend individual consultations, which will be conducted in the form of discussion on predefined and studied topics. Exercise: The student will complete the exercise in a block and hand in an individually prepared protocol based on a pre-agreed assignment.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2024/2025 (B0532A330041) Applied Geology P English Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2023/2024 (B0532A330041) Applied Geology P English Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2022/2023 (B0532A330041) Applied Geology P English Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
ECTS - FMG 2023/2024 Full-time English Optional 501 - Study Office stu. block

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