Course code JORD160

JORD160 Introduction to Soil

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Course responsible: Trond Børresen
Teachers: Line Tau Strand, Lars Molstad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 15 students.

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
Preferential right:


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 Fronter.

Learning outcome:

Understand that the soil, as a part of the landscape, plays an important role on the ecological and environmental level, and that correct utilisation of the soil is fundamental for good landscape cultivation. Identification of important soil characteristics in the field and knowledge of how soil properties influence the soil as an ecosystem.

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. Fronter is used for hand-ins/answers to questions related to topics from lectures and exercises, i.e. as a conclusion of the day¿s teaching.

Notes in Norwegian. Recommended litterature: Robert F. Keefer. 2000. Handbook of Soils for Landscape Architects and some handouts.



Basic knowledge in biology and chemistry

Recommended prerequisites:

Basic knowledge in biology and chemistry.

Mandatory activity:

Assignment on Fronter of given exercises and self-tests.


Written exam as multiple choise, duration 2 hours.

Nominal workload:

150 hours in total. Lectures: 26 hours. Exercises: 28 hours. Own effort, including written assignments and a compulsory presentation of a topic on soil (102 hours in total).

Entrance requirements:

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)

Reduction of credits:
Students cannot receive credits for both JORD101 and JORD160
Type of course:
Lectures: 24 hours. Exercises: 30 hours. Online work (Fronter): up to 20 hours of guidance total.
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: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått