Course code JORD212

JORD212 Soil Analysis

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Course responsible: Tore Krogstad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum 16
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course includes lecture of soil analysis theory and how soil analysis is used in agriculture as a tool for fertilizer and liming recommendation. The following analysis is performed at the laboratory. Preparation of soil for chemical tests, soil density, dry matter and loss on ignition, grain size distribution, pH, easily available (plant available) potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, determination of nitrate and ammonium, and determination of cupper as a micro nutrient.
Learning outcome:

Learning outcome:


Evaluate the best strategies for soil sampling and the best methods to be used for a given situation.

Evaluate uncertainties and quality of soil analysis results.

Evaluate soil analysis results as a tool for plant availability and as environmental potential.


Manage to sample soil, prepare soil and analyze soil samples for plant available nutrients.

General competense

Argue for the importance of soil analysis for best management fertilization and environmental quality.

Learning activities:
The course is given as 50% lectures and 50% laboratory work by guidance of teacher and engineers. 
Teaching support:
The course teacher is available for questions and discussion in regular office hours as well as on email.
Will be announced at Canvas.
JORD230 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory reports for all exercises have to be approved before the exam. Laboratory reports are group reports. 

Portfolio assessment:

  • Semester thesis (laboratory reports in groups) reports counts 40%.
  • Oral examination counts 60%.

Both parts needs to be passed to pass the course.

Grading scale: A-E / Not passed.

Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits overlap with JORD213.
Type of course:
26 h of lectures and 26 h of laboratory work. Lectures and laboratory work are concentrated to 4 h per day and week.
The teacher evaluates laboratory reports (group reports). External senor and the teacher evaluate oral examination.
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades