Environment

Characteristics of the study programme:

The bachelor’s study programme accredited in the study field 4.3.1. Landscape protection and utilisation is focused on educating graduates with broad environmental and socio-economic overview. The study programme focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills for the analysis of problems, studies and education in the field of general and applied ecology, protection of the nature and natural resources, as well as economic capacity, use of the forms of earth, landscape planning and creation, environmental management in the context of sustainable development.

The studies are balanced in the share of natural and socio-economic disciplines. As part of the studies, students will get basic education in the field of public administration, regional economy, economic geography and strategies of socioeconomic development, they have the possibility to profile their education in the direction suitable with regards to their assumed professional involvement.

The study programme has been set up so that the contents of the individual subject areas corresponded to the requirements of the praxis as much as possible and enabled graduates to work in relevant professional fields in the area of the environment in bodies and public administration organisations, in business entities realising environmental management, in organisations ensuring regional development, including the area of culture and tourism.

Graduate profile:

Graduates of this study field are university-educated professionals with theoretical as well as practical knowledge from environmental and ecologic disciplines accompanied by relevant knowledge of economic and legal fields, thus they are professionals with a complex approach to care for the landscape. The profile of the graduate is also significantly characterised by knowledge from the field of management, marketing, informatics, statistics, cartography and foreign languages.

Graduates:

  • Will acquire knowledge, information and skills on the issue of mutual relations between living, not-living and anthropogenic elements of ecosystems in the landscape;
  • Are able to analyse, assess and deal with specific requirements from the aspect of protection of nature and landscape creation, as well as to evaluate the quality of the environment;
  • Have knowledge in ecology, geography, protection of natural resources and environmental studies;
  • Know basic theory, terminology and facts from ecology and environmental studies with an emphasis on its regional and local subsystem, can apply theoretical knowledge when processing professional documents for decision-making and can assess the feasibility of proposed measures based on an analysis of economic factors and valid laws;
  • Are prepared for the needs of qualified work in the area of environment in bodies and organisations of state, public administration and municipality, in business entities realising environmental management, in state, private as well as non-profit sector in Slovakia; Can apply acquired knowledge also in international institutions active in Slovakia, as well as abroad, in school and cultural facilities, labour and social security offices; Can use theoretical and practical knowledge in professional work and meet the legislative requirements in the area of environment, national economy, organisational and institutional structure of public administration functioning and in business legal entities;

Study Plan Template:

Environment - Bc. - Full-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015
Environment - Bc. Part-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015

Brief characteristics of the mandatory study subjects:

  • General ecology

General ecology generalises ecologic phenomena regardless of systemic affiliation of living organisms. The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the study of ecology – through characterisation of media where organisms live and whose ecological factors conditions the dissemination of organisms on the surface of earth, through characterisation of mutual relations of organisms in populations and communities, as well as their evolution. Organisms and their environment create inseparable bio-systems. Part of the course is also the introduction to studies of structures and functions of the ecosystem.

  • Introduction to environmental studies

The subject represents an introduction to the studies of the environmentally-oriented subjects. It provides basic knowledge of environmental studies as an interdisciplinary discipline studying the environment. Students learn the basic terminology concerning the environment, its elements and factors. They will learn to understand mutual implications between economic activities, sources of pollution and quality of the environment.

  • Introduction to management and marketing

The aim of the subject is to teach students what management is, what it studies, and how it developed. It talks about the contribution of individual countries and nations to the origin of management - Roots of management in military and religious organisations; Classification of management schools; Pre-classic management; Classic management; Behavioural management; Baťa’s management; Modern management; Empirical management; American, European and Asian management; Basic functions of management - planning, organisation, leadership and control.

  • Informatics I

One of the prerequisites of success is the effective and quick information processing. This process nowadays cannot exclude the use of computer technology. The aim of the subject is to provide a complete and complex overview of the development and related information technologies, information and communication systems and enhanced knowledge of the use of text editor, table calculator.

  • Introduction to law

The aim of the subject is to introduce students to basic terms, categories and problems of the law by selecting the most important ones, especially the general problems that are shared by several field of law, as well as economic and political sciences. It will enable students to understand them in mutual systemic implications and links during their further studies of individual legal, economic and political fields reflected in individual study programmes and within them in individual study subjects. This way it will enable them to understand the significance of law and its place in the life of humans and society.

  • Foreign language I /English, Russian, French, German, Italian/

The aim of foreign language instruction is to prepare students to master the basics of the given language. To develop communicative competences of students in the following areas: Get by in everyday situations, learn grammar and vocabulary, lead a simple conversation about everyday life issues, practice understanding of heard text and understand a simple foreign language presentation, read, though using dictionary, simple foreign language texts, write various simple texts, provide students with basic overview of terminology of the chosen language. Read selected everyday texts, enhance vocabulary and improve grammar. Develop communicative competences of students. Master the basics of the language within given thematic fields. The aim is to achieve B2 level (according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

  • Macroeconomics

The aim of studies of this subject is to acquire theoretical knowledge in macroeconomics so that students can be able to assess and deal with theoretical and practical problems on various levels of national economy and to apply the acquired knowledge in economic praxis in a creative way.

  • Statistics

The aim is to introduce students to the elemental terms of descriptive statistics, basic calculations of probability and principles of mathematical statistics. Students will learn about the standard used statistical procedures and methods. They will gain information about their purposes, principle, conditions of use and manner of results' interpretation.

  • Global and landscape ecology

The subject contains an explanation of basic terms, definitions and principles of landscape ecology. Attention is paid to the classification and evaluation of areal structure of the landscape, processes of functioning and dynamics of landscape as well as natural landscape-creation processes and the role of human in landscape development. The subject includes also the overview of applied landscape-evaluating research methods.

  • Environmental and landscape protection

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the theory of protection of nature and landscape and with practical protection of nature and landscape, legislation concerning the protection of nature and landscape, areal protection in the Slovak Republic, the state of biodiversity in Slovakia, factors negatively influencing biodiversity, use of the landscape and protection of natural resources.

  • Regionalisation and disparity of the environment

The subject follows two main aims: The first aim is to provide students with theoretical knowledge about the regions (definition of the region, types of regions, area structure of the region, formation of regions, town as a specific type of a region), regionalisation, or regional taxonomy (type categorisation, individual regionalisation, methods and techniques of regionalisation). The second aim is to teach students about the process of areal division of landscape where according to the set criteria and a net of environmental characteristics regions with a certain quality of the state are differentiated or tendencies of environmental changes. An emphasis is put on the practical application of methods, techniques and logical rules of regionalisation as well as on becoming able to analyse and synthesise the selected region based on several, mainly environmental indicators.

  • Information systems and environmental monitoring

The aim of the subject is to gain knowledge about basic principles of monitoring systems of environmental protection and physical and chemical processes in various environmental media in order to exactly determine the representative of polluting substances.

  • Environmental education

The aim of this subject is to teach students in a greater detail about the philosophical, psychological, pedagogical, legal and natural scientific aspects of environmental issues in the context of environmental education. To enable students to create as complex and as full view of the environmental issues as possible by identifying its individual aspects. To inform them about ecological and environmental education on various level of curricular and extracurricular education. Complex environmental education follows the basics of eco-philosophy, dynamic development of human personality, change of values and attitudes to environmental issues, development of activating methods in curricular and extracurricular education, development of didactic methods and broad environmental awareness.

  • Economic utilisation of landscape

The aim of this subject is the regional and geographic analysis of the economic use of the territory of Slovakia. Emphasis is put on important terms and definitions in the field of economy, economic geography and economic systems. Students will learn in detail about the economy of Slovakia and its historical development, the current state and regional differences in a special sector view.

  • Evaluation of environmental impacts

Students will learn about the valid legislation and methodology of evaluating the aims for realisation of activities. They will learn the structure of the process of evaluation and will master the individual steps of this process from submitting the aim to the final standpoint to realisation, including the principles of strategic environmental evaluation and evaluation of cross-border influences.

  • Environmental policy

The aim of the subject is to provide students with theoretical knowledge in the area of environmental policy, its tools as well as international documents concerning environmental protection while emphasisingrealisation of the environmental policy on the level of production organisations on the regional and local level. Tools of the environmental policy create, depending on specific market conditions, space also for individual decision-making of entities which leads to more effective allocation of sources and sufficient possibilities of improved environmental quality, provided clearly set conditions and rules are set.

  • Public relations

The aim of the subject is to acquire knowledge about the role of relations and communication among organisations of state administration, municipality, non-governmental organisations, business entities and the public. To understand the principles of communication and leading people. To get an overview of how communication with the public works while applying legal tools emphasising meeting of requirements through active participation of the public and active approach of the obliged entities.

  • Environmental law

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the issues of legal definition concerning individual elements of the environment, performance of state administration in the area of environmental protection and administrative law, international cooperation in the field of environmental protection, selected international agreement related with the protection of environmental elements, ecosystems, waste management and modification of liability for damages caused by activities that are dangerous for the environment that the Slovak Republic and the EU are a party to or are planning to be a party to.

  • Environmental managerial systems

Students will learn about the purpose and reasons of introducing systems of environmental management pursuant to the EMAS scheme. They will understand the structure of this system and clarify individual systemic elements pursuant to relevant legislation. They will acquire practical experience with the realisation of the introductory environmental study and they will be able to manage these and constantly improve these in line with sustainable development of these systems.

  • Sustainable development

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the principles of sustainable development, with the need to refocus strategic decisions on environmental responsibility. The outcome for the theory of sustainable development is the explanation of environmental burden by anthropogenic activity and the related civilisation conflict. They will get to know the Agenda 21, indicators of sustainability according to the UN Committee for Sustainable Development and indicators of sustainability according to OECD.

  • Seminar to bachelor thesis I

The aim of the seminar is to methodologically guide the process of writing of the bachelor's thesis until it has the form of a complex project corresponding to the requirements of the given degree of studies. In order to write a good bachelor’s thesis, it is necessary to master the basic methodological knowledge on how to create a bachelor’s qualification paper. Students must be able to work individually, on adequate professional level, process the chosen topic, critically evaluate the given issue, work with professional literature as well as to use professional terminology, principles of quotation, paraphrasing and working with bibliographic reference.

  • Environmentally suitable products and technologies

Students will gain knowledge about the influences of products and technologies on global and local environment. They will understand the basic principles of evaluating environmental characteristics of machinery products and the conditions of labelling environmentally suitable products. They will learn about the valid legislation concerning the evaluation and labelling of products, technologies and services. They will understand the principles of methods to evaluate technologies. In the practical part of the subject, students will verify the theoretical knowledge on practical examples of evaluating given products.

  • Valuation of natural resources and real estate

The aim of the subject is to present students with basic terminology of environmental economy, to teach them how to understand market and non-market prices of natural resources and real estate. To mediate the use of various methods of valuation of natural resources and real estate.

  • Waste management and recycling

The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the topic of waste management in Slovakia, with the concept of waste management, manner of waste disposal, economic instruments in waste management. After passing the subject, students will gain the theoretical knowledge necessary for the waste management and development of waste management programmes for business entities. Students will also learn about selected recycling technologies. They will understand their core and significance.

  • Seminar to bachelor thesis II

The seminar to the bachelor’s thesis II is aimed at supporting the passing of the state final exam. The aim is to review the key topics of the subjects of the bachelor’s exam. It includes the preparation for processing and evaluating acquired documents to the topic of the bachelor’s thesis as well as the preparation of defence of the bachelor's thesis.


For more information please contact us:

PhDr. Jozef Vlčej, PhD.
phone: +421 34 69 652 27
email: j.vlcej@sevs.sk

Mgr. Jana Gondeková
phone: +421 34 696 52 20
email: j.gondekova@sevs.sk