Course: Biology of children

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Course title Biology of children
Course code KPR/4704
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kubátová Dagmar, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Kroufek Roman, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) Human phylogenetic development and significant human features 2) Introduction into the human genetics 3) Ontogenetic development before and after birth with accent on the period of younger school children 4) Growth of the children and its disruption. Physical, mental and social development. Importance of the care for the posture 5) Assessment of the biological age - Secular trend. Types and typology in human biology 6) Characteristic of the organ systems with respect to the specificities of the age 7) Biological basis for learning 8) Biological basis for stress 9) Human immunity system and allergy 10) Most frequent diseases of children and their prevention 11) Biorhythms and daily regime of the child of the younger school age 12) The physiological and health-related principles of the daily regime of the child of the younger school age. Hygiene of the school environment

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The course provides a comprehensive set of knowledge and skills in the area of somatology and anthropology. It includes introduction to anatomy and human physiology (it builds on the knowledge acquired at the secondary school), introduction to the human genetics, developmental biology and hygiene. Emphasis is placed on the ontogenetic development and age-related characteristics of younger school children and the physical and psychical changes during puberty. The course is a starting point for studying further scientific disciplines included in the study plans (for example psychology, sociology, environmental problems etc.) Practical exercises in biology of the child form an integral part of the course and are designed with a view to clarify the difficulties linked to anatomy, physiology and genetic. Through anthropometric and physiological measurements future teachers acquire basic information about their personal health indicators, which is a motivating factor in shaping their positive attitudes to their own health, the health of children and choice of the life-style supporting health.
Students will be able to assess the biological development of the child in relation to his chronological age, students will be able to meet their basic biological needs that are essential to meet the increased needs and will be able to empathize with the problems of children caused by disabilities, chronic illness or acute health problems. Students will be able to justify the principles of sound lifestyle to his students and to contribute to its creation.
Credit from the seminar and practical training in anatomy, physiology and human genetics within the framework of subject Biology of the child

Assessment methods and criteria
Active participation at the course Written report from practical training Written essay on one of selected topics Examination
Recommended literature
  • KRÁSNIČANOVÁ, H., LESNÝ, P. Kompendium pediatrické auxologie.
  • MACHOVÁ, J. Biologie člověka pro učitele. Praha: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 2002.. Praha, UK, 2002. ISBN 80-7184-867-0.
  • MACHOVÁ, J., KUBÁTOVÁ, D. a kol. Výchova ke zdraví. Praha: GRADA, 2009. ISBN 80-7044-768-0.
  • ŠMARDA, J. a kol. Biologie pro psychology a pedagogy. Praha: Portál, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7367-343-7.
  • VOKURKA, M., HUGO, J. Velký lékařský slovník. Praha: Maxdorf, 2005. ISBN 80-7345-058-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Teaching in Primary Schools (A14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter