Course code JORD200

JORD200 Soils in natural environments - field and laboratory course

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Course responsible: Line Tau Strand
Teachers: Trond Børresen, Tore Krogstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: 2013H
Preferential right:
B-Mina, M-Mina
Course contents:
Tree weeks in August will, in full, be used for intensive field and laboratory work. The field and laboratory work will be conducted group wise and will be followed by key lectures in plenum. The fieldwork consists of; 1) soil profile descriptions and field classification 2) in situ measurements of some soil physical parameters such as moisture and temperature 3) soil sampling for chemical and for soil physical analysis in laboratory 4) soil survey/mapping of a limited area.  The laboratory work includes preparing (drying and sieving of soil) for and carrying out some chemical and physical soil analysis. These analyses include: particle size distribution, determination of volumetric conditions in soil, pore-size distribution, measurements of water and air conductivity in soil, pH, organic matter content by loss on ignition, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and some extractions of Fe and Al.  In the autumn parallel two hours, each week will be used to complete the analysis, lectures and processing of the data for the final report. Students must organize the writing of the group report themselves (each student should allocate 100 h to report writing in the autumn parallel).  
Learning outcome:
After completing the course, the student should be able to carry out a standard soil profile description, field classification and sample soil for standard chemical and physical analysis. Students will know how to conduct a soil survey and through this obtain experience with soil variability in soil properties observable in the field. The students should also have experience in how to measure and calculate various physical and chemical soil parameters, and how to relate physical, chemical and morphological soil parameters to different soil ecosystem functions. 
Learning activities:
Field and laboratory work, lectures and self-tuition, report writing.
Teaching support:
The teachers are available during regular office hours and Fronter will be used actively.


·         FAO, 2006, Guidelines for soil profile description or Greve, M. H., Sperstad, R. and Nyborg, Å., 1999, Retningslinjer for beskrivelse av jordprofil. Version 1.0. NIJOS-rapport 37/99. Norsk institutt for jord- og skogkartlegging,

·         Børresen, T and Krogstad T. 2015. Field and laboratory exercises, JORD200 + notes.

Supporting literature:

·         Brady, N.C & R.R. Weil 2010. 3th edition. Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils.PEARSON, Prentice Hall. (ISBN 0-13-501433-6) The students are expected to have pre-knowledge equivalent to subjects covered in this textbook. Having this book at hand is recommended.

·         Hillel, D. 2004. Introduction to environmental soil physics. This textbook is essential for all those specializing in soil physics and is highly recommended.

·         Sparks, D. 1996. Methods of Soil Analysis. This textbook cover supplementary descriptions of methods and will be available for the students.  

Basic course in soil science e.g. JORD101 Soil Science
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in the field and laboratory work is mandatory (80% presence required)
Written report (group work, 2-4 students) and an individual oral examination both parts of the examination must be passed. The course is evaluated giving grades A-F. 
Nominal workload:
300 hr
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:

Reduction of credits: - Students with exams from courses:

 -JORD221 will get a reduction of 2 ECTS

-JORD250 will get a reduction of 2 ECTS

-JORD230 will get a reduction of 2 ECTS

Type of course:
In august the students must be prepared for whole days in the field and must be equiped for and prepared for physical work conneted to the fieldwork.
External examinor will participate in the oral exam and evaluate the group reports.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått