Course code JORD250

JORD250 Soil Morphology

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Line Tau Strand
Teachers: Tore Krogstad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually. Preliminary registration required, deadline 1. June, contact the course responsible.
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Last time: 2014H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Week 1 covers theory, practicals, demonstrations and preparation for field work in week 2. Field work is done in groups and usually lasts 5 days. The third week is used to prepare samples for analysis, perform some simple soil analysis in the laboratory plus report writing. The report is handed in on the last day of the course.
Learning outcome:
After having completed the course, students should be able to carry out a standard soil profile description, sample cultivated and uncultivated soil for standard chemical and physical analysis. Students will also have experience in field classification of soil types, and through soil survey of an area have obtained experience with soil variability in soil properties observable in the field.
Learning activities:
Lectures and self-tuition: 1) Soil forming factors and processes. 2) Background for the registrations done in connection with soil profile description. 3) Different methods of soil sampling for chemical, physical and mineralogical analyses. 4) Statistic evaluations in connection with soil variability and soil sampling. 5) Classification of soil. 6) Soil mapping. Exercises/demonstrations: 1) Lay out grid for soil sampling. 2) Exercise with horizon designation and separation in soil profiles. 3) Interpretation of soil map/teamatic map. Project work in groups, field work: 1) Soil development/topography. 2) Soil development/time. 3) Soil development/vegetation. Supplementary work/laboratory work/reports in groups: 1) Pre-treatment of soil samples. 2) PH, loss of ignition, volume weight. 3) Report writing.
Teaching support:
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, Ås. Some additional distributed material, depending on the field area used in the project work.
JORD101 Soil Science
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of geology, botany, zoology, microbiology.
Mandatory activity:
Some course lectures and field work.
The group report forms the basis for the assessment of the student\r´s learning. Report counts 100%.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The following is an approximation the division of teaching hours can vary from year to year: Lectures: 15 hours. Exercises: 15 hours. Demonstrations, visits to firms: 5 hours. Field work: 40 hours. Laboratory work: 5 hours.
For planning purposes, preregistration is required before 1 June, contact the course responsible. As part of a general revision of the soil science courses, this course may be subjected to changes in the period 2009-2015.
The examiner approves the arrangements and the group assignment.
Examination details: :