Course code JORD101

JORD101 Soil Science

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Course responsible: Line Tau Strand
Teachers: Mathieu Andre Maurice Lamande, Trond Børresen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
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 the ecosystem. The soil constituents. Organic material in soil. Soil ecology. Water in soil. Soil chemistry, physics and biology. The occurrence and availability of plant nutrients in soil. Soil genisis and classification. Exercises: Soil texture, soil structure and soil formation in addition calculations connected to physical and chemical soil properties.
Learning outcome:
Students should through this course acquire basic knowledge of: The composition and transformation of mineral material and organic material in soil, the properties  of soil colloides and significance of ion exchange processes 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 soil formation. Understand that  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 texture determination and simple profile descriptions of selected soil types. Some simple calculations connected to physical and chemical soil properties will also be included in the exercises. The topics are covered in the lecture the week before the field exercises.

Annual revision:

Weil, R.R. and N.C: Brady, 2017, 15th edition. The Nature and Properties of Soils. PEARSON, Prentice Hall. (ISBN 10-1-292-16223-6)

Recommended prerequisites:
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. Grading system A-E/ Not passed.
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: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått