List of courses taught in English

Students on study placements at the FCE may choose from the following list of courses taught in English.
Please be aware that courses announced for the winter semester are not available in the summer semester, and vice versa.
The minimum requirement is 18 ECTS credits per semester.

Antiderivative, indefinite integral, its properties and methods of calculation. Newton integral, its properties and calculation. Definition of Riemann integral. Applications of integral calculus in geometry and physics - area of a plane figure, length of a curve, volume and surface of a rotational body, static moments and the centre of gravity.
Functions in two and more variables. Limit and continuity, partial derivatives, implicit function, total differential, Taylor expansion, local minima and maxima, relative maxima and minima, maximum and minimum values of a function; directional derivative, gradient. Tangent to a 3-D curve, Tangent plane and normal to a surface.

Perspective collineation and affinity,circle in affinity. Coted projection, Monge`s projection, topographic surfaces, theoretical solution of the roofs, orthogonal axonometry and linear perspective.

Students will be able to solve reactions and internal forces of the plane statically determinate structures, of plane beams with straight and broken axis, to solve three-hinged broken beam with and without a bar, the planar composed beam systems and plane truss systems, to determine the position of centroid and the second order moments of cross-section.

BDA003 / Structural Analysis 1

Academic Year 2023/2024 4 credits Institute: Institute of Structural Mechanics

Moving load of static quantity of statically determinate frame structures. Solution using influence lines, analytic and kinematic method. Evaluation of influence lines and determination of extreme values.
Principle of virtual work. Clauses about virtual works reciprocity. Maxwell-Mohr integral. Solution of displacement and rotation of frame systems using method of unit forces, including the influence of temperature changes. Veresčagin’s rule.
Statically indeterminate structures. Degree of static indeterminacy. Solution methods. Force method. Elementary cantilever beam. Continuous girder is solved by three-torque equation. Moving load at continuous girder. Combinations of loads.
Planar frame using by force method, option of statically indeterminate values, canonical equations. Influence of shift of supports, effects of uniform and non-uniform temperature changes at frame structure. Utilization of shape symmetry.
Planar arc is solved by force method, influence of compression of line of arc, deflection load. Statically indeterminate truss girder is solved by force method.

BEA002 / Field Training in Geodesy

Academic Year 2023/2024 2 credits Institute: Institute of Geodesy

Collecting of available geodetic data (maps, information abou property relations, data from geographic information systems etc.) for given real locality, as preparation of project design. Use of geodetic data in designing. Basic measuring methods of data acquisition. Processing of measured data, elaboration of final documentation.

BFA002 / Soil Mechanics

Academic Year 2023/2024 5 credits Institute: Institute of Geotechnics

Soil difference from other building materials - particle nature, multiphase system. Soil formation, clay minerals, residual soils.
Soil properties from the perspective of the individual phases. State characteristics of soils.
Stress and strain in 2D (Mohr circle, Effective stress, drained ver. undrained conditions).
Water in the soil (permeability, seepage in the soil).
Compressibility of soil. Consolidation.
Shear strength of soils. Stress path.
Stress in the soil (Geostatic stress vertical and lateral. Stresses in soil due to surface loads).
Practical applications.
Settlement of foundation soil (total, consolidation).
Bearing capacity of foundation soil.
Slope Stability (principles of slope stability analysis, the effect of water on slope stability).
Earth pressures (active, at rest and passive).

Methods of building design with the consideration of an architectural concept - building typology and layout arrangement requirements. Acceptance of valid standards and regulations. The application of architectural and structural design principles, present economic relations, energy efficiency requirements and environmental demands. Design principles for barrier-free residential houses and their neighbouring outdoor spaces. Design of residential houses is completed in practical classes.

BHA008 / Building Constructions 4

Academic Year 2023/2024 5 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

The course deepens fundamental knowledge of building design. It focuses on supplementary information in various fields of building design (flooring, suspended ceilings, finishes). It follows previous courses of Building Construction and completes overview of all topics related with building design.

BHB002 / Computer Graphics (S)

Academic Year 2023/2024 3 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

Main goal is to acquaint students with creation of 2D drawing documentation, as well (for advanced students) with creation of 3D model based on specific house plans. Output of this subject is printed drawing meeting the standards of ČSN 013420. Advanced students will create a 3D model of a particular house in form of visualisation.
The course follows up previous courses and its aim is to deepen the knowledge of students in the field of building design. It’s mainly focused on the design of horizontal load-bearing structures and foundations. While at the exact same time it’s expected to teach students about substructure, damp proof course, expansion joints and about protection against radon gas activity, among others.

BHB005 / Thermal engineering

Academic Year 2023/2024 4 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

Thermal resistance of the structure.
Thermal transmittance.
Surface temperature of the budilding structure.
Temperature evaluation in the structure.
Average thermal transmittance if the building envelope.
Interstitial condensation and evaporation.
Thremal stability of the room.
Air permeability of the building envelope.

The course presents fundamentals in room acoustics and daylighting in buildings. Knowledge of this subject will be practically used for the following study - in seminars, projects and master degree projects.

BHB012 / Bachelor Seminar (S-PST)

Academic Year 2023/2024 3 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

The content of the course is focused on the final, bachelor work of the students. Throughout the course the students will have to create a part of building design documentation for construction purposes. This documentation is to comply the building design documentation decree, particularly parts A, B, C, D, whereas in case of part D the attention should be on points D.1.1 and D.1.3. The documentation should be created for the building assigned individually to the student by the supervisor. It is to handle about a bigger family residence, or a family residence with a complicated disposition or with complicated foundation possibilities. As well it might handle about a family residence with an administrative space or a residential building. Nonetheless the building of choice must have a full or a partial basement. While working on the building design documentation students are bound to think about structural solution, energy saving and thermal protection, building acoustics and daylighting, fire safety, and many more aspects related to building design. Students are to apply the knowledge they obtained by attending the university to their fullest. The outputs of the course as expected to be finished in a CAD software. By successfully passing the course the students will be able to work individually just as much than in groups, and will be prepared for engineering practice and Master level studies.
It deals mainly about the focus of the present state of the buildings, the construction- technical and historic research, identification of failures by the external symptoms and basic methods for their removal. The subject deals with the creation of the drawing documentation of reconstructed buildings. Students will learn about the development of building industry laws in Bohemia and Moravia and about building construction systems and principles at of standards and design regulations.
The content of the course is focused on particular topics related to the bachelor works of the students attending the course. They are to solve issues related to energy saving and thermal protection of buildings (i.e. assessment of thermal resistance and conductivity designed structures, building envelope), fire safety, building acoustics and daylighting. At the exact same time students are to work on the visual aspects of the building in question, including terrain changes, etc. These topics are to be solved for a simple building with a partial or full basement assigned to the students by their supervisors (detached or semi-detached house with or without an administrative space, residential building, etc.). The outputs of the course as expected are a set of reports and a poster.

BIA001 / Building Materials

Academic Year 2023/2024 5 credits Institute: Institute of Building Testing

Basic information about structure, basic properties of building materials and their use as building materials.
Testing methods of physical-mechanical properties and durability with focus on destructive methods. Basic deformational characteristics of building materials and their monitoring.
Properties of building materials: stone, aggregate, binder, concrete, mortar, building ceramics, metal, timber, high molecular matters, bitumens, insulating materials, composite materials.
Practical laboratory tests of selected building materials with individual tasks for individual students including elaboration of records about the tests.
Concrete members. Structural characteristic of concrete. Concrete reinforcement and its bond with concrete. Basic principles of design. Durability of concrete structures.
Design of reinforced concrete members for bending and shear force - ultimate and serviceability limit states, detailing. Design of reinforced concrete members for axial force and bending moment. Principles of concrete members design subject to other effect of the load. Design of members from plain and lightly reinforced concrete.
Simple concrete members – one way reinforced slabs, beams, girders, lintels, cantilevered structures, columns and stairs.
Reinforced concrete monolithic structures – one- and multi-storey frame structures and their structural elements. Design principles of cast-in-place foundation structures – wall footing, strip, grid and mat foundation.
Dimensioning reinforced concrete members considering theirs limit serviceability.
Two-ways slabs – edge supported. Circular and annular slabs. Two-way ribbed and cassette slabs. Wall beams – simple and continuous.
Construction and expansion joints in concrete structures. Realisation and control of concrete structures.
History, types and trends of development of masonry structures and their design. Materials for masonry structures. Strength and deformation of masonry. Analyses of buckling and eccentricity effects.
Single-layer non-reinforced walls and piers. Ultimate limit states. Analyses of the basic loads masonry structures. Serviceability limit states.
Structural systems of masonry constructions. Masonry arches. Design of horizontal structures from shaped masonry bricks. Reinforced and prestressed masonry. Simlified design methods. Fire resistance assesment.
Reconstructions and strengthening of masonry structures.
Basics of metal bearing structure design and realization problems. Advantages and disadvantages of steel structures, situation and prospects in the branch.
Material and selection of structural members.
Principles and rules of reliability approach in steel structures, allowable and ultimate limit state design methods. Probabilistic approach in steel structures.
Geometric and static characteristics of open and closed cross-sections of thin-walled steel members.
Connections of metal structures – principles of structural design (bolted, frictional and welded connections).
Tensile members. Bending – elastic and plastic action.
Simple and warping torsion of thin-walled open and closed cross-section members.
Stability and buckling resistance of compression members of solid and composed section.
Lateral buckling.
Members subject to tension and bending, compression and bending stress.
Global and local stability problems. Load-bearing capacity of thin-walled members.
Repeated load resistance of steel structures. Factors affecting steel fatigue strength.
Historical development of timber structures, view of timber application in structures. Properties of wood and wood-based materials for structural purposes. Standards for structural design.
Limit states and rules of computer modelling. Basic types of strain of timber members and their verifying.
Fasteners – mechanical connections, glued connections.
Plane solid and truss structures – girders, frames, and arches. Rules of structural design and theoretical analysis.
Spatial structures – laminated structures, spatial trusses, ribbed domes, vaults and shells.
Timber bridges and footbridges. Specialized timber structures.
Production and assembly. Protection and maintenance.
Principles of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Examples of realized timber structures.

Basics of fluid statics – properties of fluids, pressure in a fluid at rest, hydrostatic forces on plain and curved surface, floatation
Basics of hydrodynamics, water flow in pressure pipeline systems.
Flow in systems with a free surface, in open channels and flow over hydraulic structures.
New finding in hydraulics of water structures.
Basics of groundwater flow, wells, collection galleries.
Basics in hydrology, water balance, precipitation, evaporation, surface runoff from watershed and its analysis, maximum and minimum discharges, M-day and N-year discharges.
Students will take the course partly in computational and laboratory exercises.

BTA002 / Building Services 2

Academic Year 2023/2024 5 credits Institute: Institute of Building Services

Hygrothermal indoor climate. Concept of ventilation and heating buildings. Method for calculation of the design heat load. Heating systems, their features and continuity on internal environment. Determination of the thermal output of radiators and boilers. Design and dimensioning of parts of the system. Central preparation of hot domestic water. Fuel and energy for heating buildings. Heat sources in buildings. Principles of design of boiler rooms, engine rooms and transmission stations. The use of renewable and alternative energy sources and their impact on the classification of buildings.
Problems of primary energy sources and their application in systems of building services. Renewable sources of energy and their application in systems of Building Services. Systems for transformations solar energy, geothermal energy, water energy and wind power.Composition of phytomass and phytofuels and their energetic importance.Utilization of waste heat.Principals of combined heat and power production – cogeneration units. Renewable sources of energy influence on building energy consumption. Economic effectiveness of sources.
Area of civil engineering and the construction company, foundation, rehabilitation and the downfall of the firm
Activities in the construction company, organisation and production, outlet, sale, marketing
Investment activity in the firm, finances, taxes, construction orders and prices, contractual agreements
The course is focused on the processing of documents for the project management of construction a concrete building by the investor.
It contains the creation of flowcharts in the course of project, structural plans, organograms, functional diagrams, plans of outputs, clearly and coordinating schedules in the form of network diagrams and Gantt diagrams, costs plans, deployment plans factual, personal and financial resources. Microsoft Project is used for processing. It also contains a plan for the organization of construction as part of the project documentation for the construction procedure, a proposal for a decision on the location of the building, a draft application for a building permit and a proposal for issuing the approval approval. Part of the documentation is the risk analysis of the project.
General foundation in the scientific field of the technology of constructions , analysis and principles of preparing construction sub-processes, principles of creating design projects for processes.
Construction sub-processes connected in particular with the main construction of building structures.
Principles of the staking out of buildings and built structures, principles of technological approaches and relationships during the performance of the technical stages of earthwork, basic lower structures, basic upper structures and the outer envelopes of buildings. Solution of the technological, spatial and temporal structures of construction processes, sequence of activities, level of preparedness of a workplace for construction, mutual dependencies and requirements concerning quality and safety – also with regard to the environment.
The subject deals with preparation and manner of construction of buildings and building complexes. It is a complex process involving investment intention, its technical preparation, economic calculations, building permit procedure, building technology preparation and the resulting phase – the construction realisation. The subject dealing with a structure and coordination of preparation, partial and stage building processes into a complete and sophisticated system the result of which is a completed construction building or their assembly, i.e. construction.

NBA007 / Applied Physics

Academic Year 2023/2024 3 credits Institute: Institute of Physics

Porous structure of matter, sorption isotherms, hydrostatics of three-phase systems, Fourier and Fick equations of heat and moisture tranport, combined transport of heat and moisture in porous building matters, classical Glaser’s condensation model, generalised Glaser’s condensation model.

NHB043 / Diploma Seminar (S-PST)

Academic Year 2023/2024 3 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

In the course of the seminar, the student will prepare a part of the project documentation for the specified building of the public building. When designing the project documentation, emphasis is placed on arranging the disposition of the object to be solved in connection with the operating conditions and the design of a suitable structural system of the building including the assessment of the stability of the supporting structures. As part of the design of the public construction, the student also deals with fire safety, building protection, noise protection and energy saving. The design of the student object demonstrates the ability to synthesize the information he has acquired in the previous objects of building construction, both layout, structural, architectural, but also graphical in drawing his design according to valid standards. By design of the structural system and structural elements the student also uses the information obtained in the specialized subjects dealing with the design of the bearing structural elements of the object being solved. Outputs (drawings) are completed in CAD programs. After completing the diploma seminar, the student is able to work independently on his / her thesis work and subsequently in the building practice.

NHB044 / Low Energy Houses

Academic Year 2023/2024 4 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

Designing of Nearly zero energy houses and Passive houses with the use of passive solar systems. An introduction to the utilization of active solar systems and renewable energy sources. Students will be given a general layout of a family or residential house to adjust and design with satisfactory conditions. The balance of energy losses and gains will be calculated for the heating period as well as energy savings, heating expenses and calculation of the other technical indexes.

NHB046 / Sustainable Building

Academic Year 2023/2024 4 credits Institute: Institute of Building Structures

Sustainable building represents a progress of building industry towards the achievement of sustainable development of society in terms of ecology, social-economy and culture. The basic principles and aims of sustainable construction are presented in the Agenda 21 document. This course deals especially with ecological and energy aspects of building and possibilities of environmental-friendly and recycled material use in building constructions. Students will become familiar with the multi-criteria assessment methodology SBToolCZ.
The aim of lectures are systems of flat, pitched and steep roofs. The course also provides an understanding of special systems of thermal insulations based on thermal radiation reflectivity and modern and unusual types of assembled roofing including solar roofing. The next part of the course will be aimed at modern waterproofing layers and thermal insulations and their connection to various types of roofs. The great attention is paid to construction details.
Knowledge deepening of fire protection of buildings, mainly the issue of roofed atriums in civil buildings. Complex solution of non-industrial and industrial buildings, public garages, solutions of specific requirements for health and social service buildings, assembly areas, agricultural buildings, storehouses and telecommunication buildings. Basic knowledge improvement about function and design of fire protection facilities.
Costs. Cost framework. Price information. Cost oriented price setting. Construction costs in Czech Republic. Participants in development. Work agreements. Negotiated prices. Costing aids. Construction costs. Overall cost estimate. Cost indicators of construction objects. Cost of construction object. Construction cost estimate. Data for cost estimate evaluation. Construction works costs. Costs of project preparation and engineering consultancy. Wage laws for engineers and other technical workers. History and evolution of costs in civil engineering in the Czech Republic. Basic knowledge of construction costing in other countries. Software for cost estimates. Prices of immovables.
The bachelor's project is delimited by the focus which the student selects at the beginning of bachelor’s degree.

VYA004 / English Upper-Intermediate 3

Academic Year 2023/2024 2 credits Institute: Institute of Social Sciences

Grammar: Revision of narrative tenses + used to and would, linkers, adverbs and adverbial expressions, inversion, distancing, unreal uses of past tenses, conditionals (including mixed conditionals), adjectives and prepositions. Vocabulary: Memories and summer jobs at a design office/abroad, work, history, reviews (films/books), work, history, reviews (films/books), expressions with the noun 'time', IT/software, money, addictions and obsessions, sounds and the human voice. Reading: Job adverts – a job I could do now/after graduating/my 'ideal job'. Writing: Job application, CV and cover letter.
The content of the course is aimed at students who would benefit from studying and practicing B2 (higher Upper-Intermediate level) English with a native speaker, i.e. students who: wish to study abroad (e.g. with the Erasmus+ programme) or work abroad; want to prepare for the BY003 B2 level language exam (useful for Erasmus+); already speak English at a good Intermediate level and would like to improve; already speak English at an Upper Intermediate or Advanced level and would like to practice their English so as not to forget what they learned in previous years.

VYA005 / English Upper-Intermediate 4

Academic Year 2023/2024 2 credits Institute: Institute of Social Sciences

Grammar: prefixes, modal verbs (permission, obligation and necessity), verbs of the senses, stress on important words, similes, gerunds and infinitives (complex look), expressing future plans and arrangements (complex look), giving opinions with adverbs, ellipsis and substitution, nouns (compound and possessive forms), adding emphasis with cleft sentences. Vocabulary: general knowledge and learning motivation, colours and art, health, illness and alternative medicine, travel and tourism, animals and nature, food and cooking, words often confused, emigration. We will practice the oral part of the VYA013 B2 level exam.
The content of the VYA005 course is aimed at students who would benefit from studying and practicing B2 (higher Upper-Intermediate level) English with a native speaker, i.e. students who: wish to study abroad (e.g. with the Erasmus+ programme) or work abroad; want to prepare for the VYA013 B2 level language exam (useful for Erasmus+); already speak English at a good Intermediate level and would like to improve; already speak English at an Upper Intermediate or Advanced level and would like to practice their English so as not to forget what they learned in previous years.

VYA010 / English Upper-Intermediate 1

Academic Year 2023/2024 2 credits Institute: Institute of Social Sciences

Grammar: question formation, auxiliary verbs, comparative phrases, present perfect (simple and continuous), adjective order, narrative tenses.
Vocabulary: personal questions, health, illness and treatment, clothes and fashion, travelling, weather, feelings, adjectives, my university/faculty/campus, my study programme, e-mail communication with professors
Reading: civil engineering / architecture course at a university abroad
Writing: comparing your study in the Czech Republic and a study of architecture /civil engineering abroad

VYA011 / English Upper-Intermediate 2

Academic Year 2023/2024 2 credits Institute: Institute of Social Sciences

Grammar: Gerunds and infinitives, past modals, verbs of the senses, passive voice, reporting verbs, clause of contrast and purpose, articles, uncountable and plural nouns, quantifiers.
Vocabulary: music and emotions, body parts, media, towns and cities, accommodation, my future house, science, studying abroad.
For this exam, the four optional subjects VYA010, VYA011, VYA004 and VYA005 are offered to aid students in acquiring the required knowledge and skills. The exam is partially based on the contents of the books New English File Upper-Intermediate Third Edition (Clive Oxenden and Christina Latham-Koenig, Oxford University Press 2014) and New English File Advanced Third Edition, (Clive Oxenden and Christina Latham-Koenig, Oxford University Press 2015), and partially on Cambridge First Certificate-type materials.
The exam is conducted orally with pairs of students and lasts 25 minutes.
The exam tests speaking skills such as interaction, pronunciation and the ability to construct connected sentences to give information or opinions on a certain topic. It also tests listening and reading ability, as well as grammar and vocabulary.
The course is intended for real beginners.
Grammar: conjugation of verbs in the present tense, accusative singular, and gender of nouns, adjectives and pronouns.
Vocabulary: family, jobs, food and drink, telling the time and date,numbers 0 - 1000