Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
402024172006SOIL MICROBIOLOGYCompulsory486
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to get the students acquainted with the soil environment soil microorganisms, carbon and nitrogen cycles, mineralization, nitrification, denitrification and mineral transformations.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. İsmail KARABOZ Ve Prof.Dr. Mustafa ATEŞ
Learning Outcomes
1Learning the guidelines and the history of soil microbiology.
2Learning the soil environment and soil profile.
3Having knowledge about soil microorganisms, their distribution and growth.
4Comprehending the microbiological reactions of the carbon cycle in soil.
5Comprehending the microbiological reactions of the nitrogen cycle in soil.
6Learning the mineral transformations in soil.
7Being able to conduct researches about the microbiological incidents, thinking analytically, rationalising and bringing solutions to different problems.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Soil environment and soil microorganisms; carbon cycle, decomposition of organic matter, microbiology of hemicellulose and cellulose, decomposition of lignine and microbiology of polysaccharides; nitrogen cycle, mineralization or nitrogen, nitrification, denitrification, non-symbiotic nitrogen fixation, mineral transformation
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Soil environment, soil profile Guidelines of soil microbiology
2The bacteria and fungi found in soil, distribution and abundance of fungi, growth and survival of fungi in soil Qualitative and quantitative screening of the microorganisms in soil
3Viruses, actinomycetes, yeasts and protozoa in soil Observing the nitrogen cycle in soil
4Carbon cycle, some of the aspect of microbial physiology: nutrition, growth, the enymatic activity in soil, decomposition of organi matter, caron assimilation , decomposition of organic soil matterObserving the Non-Simbiotic Nitrogen Fixation (Isolation of Azotobacter spp.)
5Anaerobic carbon mineralization, flora, microbiology of cellulose , aerobic mesophilic microflora, the biochemistry of cellulose decomposition Observing the Simbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in soil (Isolation of Rhizobium spp.)
6Microbiology and decomposition of hemicellulose and the microorganims, the decomposition and the biochemistry of spesific hemicelullulose , Decomposition, microbiology and biochemistry of lignine Isolation of Cellulose decomposing bacteria from soil
7Microbiology of other polysaccharides, pectic materials, inuline, transformation of hydrocarbons, formation of methane Observation of the decomposition of other polysaccrarides in soil
8Midterm examMidterm exam
9The oxidation of aliphatic hydrocarbons and methane The decomposition of aromatic hydrocarbons in soil
10Nitrogen cycle, determination of nitrogen, the biochemistry of protein decomposition Isolation of sulphur oxidizing ototrophic bacteria from soil (Isolation of Thiobacillus spp.)
11Nitrification and its environmental effects, nitrification in different environments, nitrifying bacteria, nitrate pollution Isolation of sulphate reducing bacteria from soil
12Denitrification, losses of nitrogen in soil, vaporization mechanisms of nitrogen, microbiology of denitrification, Environmental effectsIsolation of iron bacteria from soil
13Denitrification and environmental pollution, the non-symbiotic nitrogen fixation, the nitrogen acquisitions of soil, root related nitrogen fixation Isolation of manganese oxidising bacteria from soil
14Symbiyotic symbiotic nitrogen fixation, Microsymbiont, nitrogen fixation, Nitrogen libration, the nitrogen fixation in leguminose plants Isolation and identification of actinomycetes in soil
15Mineral transformations, transformations of sulphur compounds Laboratory Exam
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Alexander, M., “Introduction To Soil Microbiology”. John Wiley and Sons. New York.(1977)
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
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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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
Practice339
Laboratory14456
Report Preparation236
Report Presentation224
Self Study6212
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11313
Individual Study for Final Examination11313
Reading11333
Report212
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)180
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO5 44     55    
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LO7 4355    4    
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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