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Influence of environment on spatial development

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Course ID: 1900-5-PURP
Erasmus code / ISCED: 14.6 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (unknown)
Course title: Influence of environment on spatial development
Name in Polish: Przyrodnicze uwarunkowania rozwoju przestrzennego
Organizational unit: Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
Course groups: (in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe, dzienne studia I stopnia (kierunek Gospodarka przestrzenna)
(in Polish) Przedmioty obowiązkowe, dzienne studia I stopnia (kierunek Gospodarka przestrzenna) - sem. 5
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: Polish
Main fields of studies for MISMaP:

spatial development

Type of course:

obligatory courses



Short description:

This class focuses on explaining the relationship between human and environment through showing impacts of different components of natural environment on economic planning.

Full description:

The course is divided into four distinct themes (they could be described in general as "terrain relief", "climate", "water", "landscape"). It aims at showing the importance of a right diagnosis of the environmental conditions and to present such possibilities of using the space and natural resources, so that they are not only optimally used but also to shield ourselves from the natural disasters. Environmental activities that both improve living conditions, as well as preserve the environment will be presented. Additionally, some topics from the environmental education will be introduced.

"Terrain relief": an attempt to describe the terrain relief of a given area through the analysis of paintings, photos, maps, poetry, literature, music (attempts to establish an emotional connection with the environment). Then, a further analysis is conducted: the relief as a barrier against economic/spatial development or as a challenge for planners? Finally, case studies of the role of relief in development will be presented.

"Climate": a particular emphasis is put on climate's role in different climatic zones, especially in the temperate one. During the lectures, positive and negative impacts of the local climate are shown for different branches of economy: construction, agriculture, tourism, recreation. Also, a climate of urbanized areas is described, together with the options for eliminating its negative qualities. The new energy-efficient technologies in house construction are presented (especially important during the energy crises).

"Water": the human-water relationship is analyzed on the examples of selected lakes. During classes the benefits and risks are evaluated - those resulting from the contemporary management of lake direct catchment as well as those caused by the projected climate change. At the end of classes a list of countermeasures and recommendations for spatial management is being developed .

"Landscape": landscape is being understood as a resource of visual-aesthetic value of the environment and its impact on the quality of life. According to the European Landscape Convention, the protection of the landscape value is one of the most important factors in economic planning and sustainable development.

During the class, the students learn how to conduct an Environment Protection Study; it includes judging environmental attractiveness of the landscape, setting up the rules and conditions for environmental protection and modification.


Given the high variation of the topics discussed, the literature will be provided in class by the lecturers.

Learning outcomes:

After passing this course, student should:


1. know the basic effects of contemporary morphodynamic processes on the spatial planning

2. know the role of terrain relief in regional promotion

3. know the role of climate in spatial development in different scales

4. know the characteristics of urban climate, required in urban planning

5. know ways of responding to negative traits of urban climate

6. know the buffer functions of the lake shore zones

7. know the limitations resulting from the need of lakes protection

8. know ways of judging visual attractiveness of a landscape and using the results in planning

9. know the range and methods of performing the Environment Protection Study


1. be able to predict changes in terrain relief caused by human activities

2. be able to use terrain's predispositions in directing the development

3. be able to analyse factors influencing climate in different spatial scales

4. be able to judge characteristics of urban climate

5. know the buffer functions of the lake shore zones

6. be able to judge the visual attractiveness of a landscape

7. be able to perform the Environment Protection Study


1. appreciate the role of environmental components in spatial development

2. care for environmental balance in urban environment

3. appreciate the role of visual attractiveness in human quality of life

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Each of the themes has separate grading processes; they are presented in the first class

Common grading factors:

- attendance (one absence per theme permitted)

- participation

- submitting topic papers

This course is not currently offered.
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