Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9102125472011Soil Quality Elective118
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Teaching the concepts of soil quality and their significance, soil quality control and management.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Associate Prof.Dr. Sezai DELİBACAK
Learning Outcomes
1On completion of this course students will be able to understand concepts of soil quality and their significance
2Able to determine physical attributes of soil quality
3Able to determine biological attributes of soil quality
4Able to determine chemical attributes and processes affecting soil quality.
5Able to determine taking necessary measurement for soil quality control
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Concepts of soil quality and their significance; physical attributes of soil quality; chemical attributes and processes affecting soil quality; biological attributes of soil quality; soil quality indicators; soil quality control; soil organic matter d ynamics and their relationships to soil quality; soil quality management; practical applications for soil quality assessment.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1General knowledge about lecture; concepts of soil quality and their significance Soil sampling
2Physical attributes of soil quality Bulk density analysis
3Physical attributes of soil quality Analysis of organic matter
4Chemical processes affecting soil quality Total N analysis
5Chemical attributes of soil quality Mineralized N analysis
6Domestic wastes; sewage sludge; use of sewage sludge in agricultural soils Analysis of particle size distribution
7Heavy metal pollution and resources in agricultural soils Macro pore analysis
8Midterm examCEC analysis
9Effects of trace and heavy metals in soil on agricultural production Analysis of exchangeable cations
10Use of treated wastewater in agriculture pH and total salt analysis
11Remedation of heavy metal pollution in soil Determination of soil physical quality
12Pollution problem in Rivers of Turkey Assessment of soil quality by using results of analysis
13Pollution problem in Lakes of TurkeyPreperation of report
14Take of necessary measurements aganist soil and water and environmental pollution Evaluation
15EvaluationEvaluation
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
E.G Gregorıch ve M.R. Carter,1997. Soil Quality For Crop Production And Ecosystem Health, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. Sara Burgerhartsstraat 25 P.O. Bıx 21 1,1000 AE Amsterdam,The Netherlands.ISBN:0-444-81661-5 P.Schjqnning,S.Elmholt and B.TCristensen,2004. Managing Soil Quality,Challenges in Modern Agricalture. CABI Publishing,CAB International Wallingford Oxon OX10 8DE UK ISBN 0 85199 67 X Ademola K.Braimoh,Paul L.G.Vlek,2008. Land Use and Soil Resources.Springer Science+Business Media B.V ISBN-978-1-4020-6777-8 A.R.Dexter,2004.Soil physical quality Part I.Theory,effects of soil texture,density,and organic matter,and effects on root growth.Geoderma 120,201-214. A.R.Dexter,2004.Soil physical quality: Part II. Friability,tillage,tilth and hard-setting Geoderma 120,215-225. A.R.Dexter,2004.Soil physical quality: Part III:Unsaturated hydraulic conductivity and general canclusions about S-theory.Geoderma 120,227-239.
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
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities50
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities50
SUM100
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Practice14228
Discussion5210
Self Study14570
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
Reading14342
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)232
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