Course code JORD160

JORD160 Introduction to Soil

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Course responsible: Susanne Eich-Greatorex
Teachers: Trine Aulstad Sogn Tomasgaard, Line Tau Strand
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 June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Course contents:
Lectures: Soil as part of an ecosystem. The components of soil. Organic material in soil. Soil ecology. Water in soil. The occurrence and reaction of plant nutrients in soil. Soil formation. Exercises: Soil texture, soil structure, soil formation. Other information: Guidance of the student over the Internet using Canvas.
Learning outcome:

The students shall be able to explain important terms and processes which are basic to understand the soil as a cropping medium and as a part of the landscape

The students shall be able identify important soil characteristics and conduct simple calculations about mass and volumetric conditions in the soil.

The students shall appreciate soil as an important resource for plant production, ecology and environment, and that correct use of the soil is fundamental for good landscape management

Learning activities:
Lectures are used to review the main types of soil characteristics and processes in soil. The exercises (field, lab and computer) give a practical introduction/demonstration of the lecture topics. Canvas is used for hand-ins/answers to questions related to topics from lectures and exercises, i.e. as a conclusion of the days teaching.
Teaching support:
Contact to teacher during their office time and by e-mail.
Notes in Norwegian. Recommended litterature: Robert F. Keefer. 2000. Handbook of Soils for Landscape Architects and some handouts.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in biology and chemistry.
Mandatory activity:
Assignment i Canvas of given exercises and self-tests.

Written exam.

One written exam: A - E / Not passed

Nominal workload:
125 hours in total. Lectures: 24 hours. Exercises: 24 hours. Own effort, including written assignments (77 hours in total).
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
JORD160 reduced with 3 credits against JORD101.
Type of course:
Lectures: 24 hours. Exercises: 24 hours.
The course is especially aimed at study programmes for landscape architects, but can also be of interest for economists and others.
The examiner will be involved in the planning, conduction, revision and approval of the exam questions of the course.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades