JORD212 Soil Analysis

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Åsgeir Rossebø Almås

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:Maximum 16. Check "Note".

Course frequency:Annually.

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in spring parallel.

About this course

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.

  • The course is given as 50% lectures and 50% laboratory work by guidance of teacher and engineers.
  • The course teacher is available for questions and discussion in regular office hours as well as on email.
  • JORD230 or similar
  • Combined 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.

    Portfolio Grading: Letter grades
  • The teacher evaluates laboratory reports (group reports). External senor and the teacher evaluate oral examination.
  • Laboratory reports for all exercises have to be approved before the exam. Laboratory reports are group reports.
  • Students who want to take the course must apply for admission in Studentweb no later than January 20th. After that, the places in the course will be distributed.
  • 26 h of lectures and 26 h of laboratory work. Lectures and laboratory work are concentrated to 4 h per day and week.
  • 5 credits overlap with JORD213.
  • Special requirements in Science