Course code JORD230

JORD230 Soil as Plant Growth Medium

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Course responsible: Trine Aulstad Sogn Tomasgaard
Teachers: Susanne Eich-Greatorex, Trond Børresen, Tore Krogstad, Mathieu Andre Maurice Lamande
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block and Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Content: Soil physics: The volumetric relationships in soil, consistency, soil water, soil air, soil temperature, soil compaction, erosion and soil amendment. Bio- geo- chemical processes: Ion exchange, sorption, precipitation, weathering, redox reactions. Plant nutrition: mineralization, availability of plant nutrients in soil, nutrient uptake, roots and rhizosphere, mycorrhiza. Effects of plant nutrients on the plant growth and quality.
Learning outcome:
Understand physical and bio-geo-chemical characteristics and processes in soil influencing the plant availability of plant nutrients. Soil physics: Should be able to describe and perform calculations of soil physical characteristics and processes. Should understand the effects of soil physical conditions on the plant growth and development. Should understand how organic matter, tillage, compaction and erosion will influence the soil physical characteristics in short and long term. Soil chemistry and soil fertility: Perform soil sampling in field and preparation for further chemical analysis of plant nutrients in the laboratory. Should be able to assess the importance of soil variability a based on some simple soil chemical analysis. Should estimate binding, release and availability of different ions in soils and understand the dynamic of nutrients from soil to plants. This include nutrient release, availability and plant uptake. Understand how the different plant nutrients have a unique role in the plant metabolism and the how they influence the plant growth and quality. Gain practical experience with identifying nutrient deficiency symptoms.      
Learning activities:
Well structured time with exercises and lectures: 40 h in August block, 60 h in autumn parallel.  Compulsory activities: Some practical exercises and submission of calculation exercises.    
Teaching support:
See norwegian explanation. Main text books in english. 
JORD101, BOT130, KJM100, MATH100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Practical exersices, mid-exam after August block, submission of arithmetic cases.
Written report after the intense course in August counts 1/3.Written exam (3,5 hours) counts 2/3. Grading scale A-F.
Nominal workload:
450 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
10 ects against JORD242, 5 ects against Jord220 and 2 ECTS against JORD221
An external examiner is involved in developing and censoring the final exam.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått