Course code JORD101

JORD101 Soil Science

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Course responsible: Line Tau Strand
Teachers: Trond Børresen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Lectures: Soil as part of an ecosystem. The components of soil. Organic material in soil. Soil ecology. Water in soil. Soil chemistry. The occurrence and reaction of plant nutrients in soil. Soil formation. Exercises: Soil species and soil formation.
Learning outcome:
Students are to acquire basic knowledge of: The composition and transformation of mineral material and organic material in soil, the properties and significance of soil colloids in ion exchange in soil, factors important for the water balance, air exchange and temperature of the soil and important nutrient cycles in soil. They are also to understand what factors/processes control the formation of the soil. Understand that our soil is a limited resource and that a sustainable development requires correct use of this resource.
Learning activities:
The lectures are used for going through the most important processes/factors in the different topics. The exercises are used to give the students a practical introduction to soil species determination and simple profile descriptions of selected soil types. The topics are covered in the lecture the week before the field exercises.
Teaching support:
Online using Fronter.
Annual revision
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in exercises.
Final written exam (3 hours):counts 2/3. One mid-semester exams counts 1/3. Students will be given two opportunities to take the mid-semester exam.
Nominal workload:
150 hours in total. Lectures: 48 hours. Exercises: 9 hours. Individual contribution: 93 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
JORD101 reduced with 3 credits against JORD160.
Type of course:
Lectures: 48 hours. Exercises: 4 hours per student group (2 hours per week for 2 weeks).
The examiner will be involved in the planning,and revision (evaluation) of the course and approval of the exsam questions.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått