Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9102125432009Microbial Indicators of a Healthy SoilElective117
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to teach to students defining microbiological indicators used in followed soil health
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof.Dr. Nur Okur
Learning Outcomes
1Able to connect between soil health and soil’s other properties
2Able to make a list of the applications affecting soil health
3Able to apply soil’s microbiological indicators and evaluate the results
4Capable of defining the role of soil health in soil-plant relationships
5Able to define importance of soil health
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Microbiological indicators using in following soil health, defining soil quality and soil health , advantages and disadvantages of microbiological indicators.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Importance of soil healthPresentation of soil microbiology laboratory
2Framework for evaluating soil healthLaboratory works
3Indicators of biodiversityLaboratory works
4Indicators of carbon cyclingLaboratory works
5Indicators of nitrogen cyclingLaboratory works
6Indicators of soil biomassLaboratory works
7Indicators of microbial activityLaboratory works
8Key speciesLaboratory works
9Indicators of bioavailabilityLaboratory works
10MidtermsMidterms
11Soil qualityLaboratory works
12Assessment of soil qualityLaboratory works
13Problems with microbiological indicatorsLaboratory works
14Practice examinationPractice examination
15Final examinationFinal examination
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Recommended or Required Reading
Nielsen, M.N., Winding, A., 2002. Microorganisms as indicators of soil health. National Environmental Resarch Inst., Denmark, Technical Report No.388. Doran, J.W., Safley, M., 1997. Defining and assessing soil health and sustainable productivity. In: Biological Indicators of Soil Health. Pankhurst, C.E., Doube, B.M., Gupta, V.V.S.R. (eds.). CAB Int., pp.1-28. Dilly, O., Blume, H.P., 1998. Indicators to assess sustainable land use with reference to soil microbiology. Advances in GeoEcology, 31:29-36. Bloem, J., Breure, A.M., 2002. Microbial indicators. In: Bioindicators/Biomonitors. Principles, Assessment, Concepts. Breure, A.M., Markert, B.A., Zechmeister, H.G. (eds.). Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Laboratory14228
Report Preparation155
Report Presentation111
Self Study148112
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Laboratory Examination111
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)214
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