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Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Soil Science and Plant Nutrition - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
The department was founded in 1956 as the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Divisions. The main objectives of the the department are to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels and carry on research activities on diversified soil, soil genesis, soil fertility, plant nutrition and fertilization problems.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition(second cycle in Soil Science and Plant NUtrition) is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Level of Qualification
Second Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The Department of Soil Sciences and Plant Nutrition works on the sustainability of Soil Fertility. In this regard, undergraduate and graduate courses are given.Studies,meetings and seminars are organised for the proper use of agricultural land and good agricultural practices where emphasis is given on right use of fertilizers and nutrient manegament.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Agricultural Engineers are working in public and private sectors. Graduates who have deserved the title of Agricultural Engineer; can work in different institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade as a civil servant, provided being successful in the required exams. Hence they will aslo have the rights to work in the private sectors such as fertilizer, chemical, seed, seedling, seedling production, storage, export-import, packaging and marketing companies. They also have the opportunity to work certification issues. They can also work as agricultural consulter and food controller or inspector in bakery ovens etc.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Dilek ANAÇ, Address: Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 35100 Bornova/IZMIR. Telephone: +90.232.3112682 ; Fax: +90.232.3889203 ; E-mail:
Education and research facilities are conducted in two greenhouse on 545m2, 6 ha of experimental field and 12 laboratories. Soil physics laboratory, Soil chemistry laboratory, Soil mapping laboratory, Soil genetics laboratory, Soil-water conversation and erosion control laboratory, Soil microbiology laboratory, Radioisotope and Analitical chemistry laboratory, Plant nutrition and soil fertility laboratory, Remote sensing and Geographical information systems(GIS) laboratory, Routine analysis laboratory, Student application laboratory, Plant physiology laboratory

Key Learning Outcomes
1Toprağı oluşturan ana materyal ve topoğrafik koşulları tanıyabilme becerisi
2Toprak özelliklerini tanımlama, sınıflandırma ve haritalama becerisi
3Su ve rüzgar erozyonu ile meydana gelen toprak kayıplarını hesaplayabilme ve gerekli önlemleri alabilme becerisi
4Toprak ekosisteminde mikrobiyal toplulukların multi-fonksiyonel özellikleri ile toprak kalitesi arasında ilişkiler kurabilme, toprağın mikrobiyolojik analizlerini yapabilme ve değerlendirebilme becerisi
5Mesleki ve etik sorumluluk bilincine sahip olabilme becerisi
6Mesleğinin yerel, ulusal ve uluslar arası önemini kavrama ve konumuna uygun tavır geliştirebilme becerisi
7Bitkilere yapılacak kültürel uygulamalar ve stres koşullarındaki davranışlarını yorumlayabilme ve yönetebilme becerisi
8Kültür bitkilerini sınıflandırma (tek yılık ve çok yıllık, sebze ve meyve),besleme (gübreleme), optimum verim ve kaliteli ürün elde edilmesinde toprak ve yaprak analizlerine dayalı verilecek gübrenin miktar, zaman ve yöntemini uygulayabilme becerisi
9Gelişen biyoteknolojiyi değerlendirebilecek düzeyde bitkisel yapı ve metabolizmayı çözümleyebilme becerisi
10Kimyasal analizler konusunda laboratuvar pratiği kazanma, analiz sonuçlarını yorumlayabilme ve rapor düzenleme becerisi
11Farklı bitkisel üretim desenleri (meyve-sebze,süs ve sera bitkileri) için gübreleme programları hazırlayabilme, bu programları pratiğe geçirebilme ve konuya ilişkin sorunları giderebilme becerisi
12Organik ve konvansiyonal üretim sistemlerinde bitkilerinin gübrelenmesi için doğru karar verebilme ve beslenme sorunlarını tanımlayabilme becerisi
13Toprakta gerçekleşen kimyasal reaksiyonların toprak verimliliği açısından sonuçlarını açıklayabilme, toprağın kimyasal analizlerini yapabilme ve değerlendirebilme becerisi
14Sürdürülebilir tarımda yeni teknolojileri ve yöntemleri kullanabilme becerisi
15To be able to apply the theoratical informations achieved during the graduate study
16To be able to collect data by scientific means, to evaluate and interpreta
17To be able to update himself continuously
18To be able to assess the convenient analitical methods during the process of the scientific study
19To be able to put forth solutions to soil use and plant development

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 TPR-SG-YL-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 30
Total 0 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 TPR-SG-YL-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 FENYLSEM Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
Total 0 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102125012013 Recent Developments in Soil Science I Elective 3 0 0 0
2 9102125031998 Clay and Clay Minerals Elective 1 2 0 7
3 9102125051998 Development of Saline and Alkaline Soils Elective 3 2 0 8
4 9102125091998 Soil Organic Matter Elective 2 2 0 7
5 9102125111998 Soil Elements and Its Genetical Resources Elective 2 2 0 8
6 9102125131998 Physiology of Plant Mineral Disorders Elective 3 0 0 7
7 9102125151998 Nutrition Physiology of Plants Elective 3 0 0 7
8 9102125171998 Fertilizer Production Technique Elective 2 1 0 7
9 9102125191998 Fertility Analysis II Elective 2 2 0 8
10 9102125231998 Diagnosis of Mineral Disorders in Field Crops Elective 2 0 0 7
11 9102125271998 Micronutrients Fertilization of Plants Elective 1 2 0 8
12 9102125291999 The Techniques of Remote Sensing Elective 2 2 0 8
13 9102125312001 The Use of GIS for Agricultural Land Use Planning Elective 2 2 0 8
14 9102125332003 Mineral Fertilizers and Methods of Analysis Elective 3 2 0 8
15 9102125352004 Preparation of Fertilization Programs Depending on Soil and Plant Analysis Elective 3 0 0 7
16 9102125372006 Relations of Soil Genesis and Geomorphology Elective 2 2 0 8
17 9102125392006 Terrestial Using of Remote Sensing And Geographical Information System Elective 2 2 0 8
18 9102125412006 Nutrition of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Elective 2 0 0 7
19 9102125432009 Microbial Indicators of a Healthy Soil Elective 2 2 0 7
20 9102125472011 Soil Quality Elective 2 2 0 8
21 9102125492011 Land Evaluation and Consolidation Elective 3 0 0 7
22 9102125512012 Scientific Writing: Thesis And Articles Elective 2 0 0 7
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9102125041998 Soil-Water Relationships Elective 2 2 0 8
2 9102125102011 Microbiological Dynamic and Matter Tranformations in Soil Elective 2 2 0 8
3 9102125121998 The Element Analysis of Soil Elective 2 2 0 8
4 9102125141998 Environmental Pollution Problems in Agricultural Soils and Irrigation Water Elective 3 0 0 8
5 9102125181998 Nutrition of Indoor Ornamentals Elective 2 0 0 8
6 9102125201998 Relationships of Fertilizer Use and Plant Health Elective 2 2 0 8
7 9102125221998 Diagnosis of Mineral Disorders in Horticultural Crops Elective 2 0 0 8
8 9102125241998 Plant Nutrition Techniques in Soilless Culture Elective 3 1 0 8
9 9102125261998 Relationships Between Mineral Nutrition and Some Quality Parameters of Crops Elective 2 0 0 8
10 9102125281998 Growing Media Elective 2 1 0 8
11 9102125342008 Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility in Organic Agriculture Elective 2 0 0 8
12 9102125381998 Using of Liquid and Solid Wastes as Soil Conditioners in Agriculture Elective 3 0 0 8
13 9102125402004 Land Use Planning Elective 3 0 0 8
14 9102125422009 Calculation Methods of Soil Losses by Water Erosion Elective 2 2 0 8
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