Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
703004112014SOIL GEOGRAPHYElective474
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is that students comprehend soil formation processes as one of most important environmental component, effective geographical element in those processes and chemical-physical events.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Aylin Karadaş
Learning Outcomes
1To be able to achieve the soil as a dynamic natural element in earht system.
2To understand the importance of soil for the living organism.
3Get information about effective natural factors in soil formation processes.
4To understand physical and chemical processes in soil formation and interpret connections between soil formation processes and effective factors in those processes.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Definiton of the properties and processes of soils as they occur in their environment and explaining the effects of bedrock properties, climate, orographic characteristics and organisms to formation and genesis of soils.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course. Definition of soil, soil components and soil properties.Statement
2Importance of soil for natural system and human lifeStatement
3Soil profile and soil horizonsStatement
4Factors effect soil formation: Main rockStatement
5Factors effect soil formation: ClimateDebate and presentation
6Physical and chemical dissolution processes.Statement
7Soil’s textureStatement
8Term exam
9Soil’s structureStatement
10Soil waterStatement
11Soil reactionStatement
12Soil colloidsFieldwork and survey
13Soil formation processes.Statement
14Soil classificationStatement
15Soil erosion problems (out of aim usage, erosion, drainage, calcification, alkaline soil, stony, slope)Statement
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Atalay, İ. Toprak Coğrafyası, Ege Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi yayınları No.8, İzmir, 1989. Mater, B. Toprak Coğrafyası, Çantay Kitabevi, İstanbul, 1998. Koçman A., 2005, Toprak Coğrafyası Dres Notları, İzmir. Rowell, D. L. Soil science: Methods and Applications, Longman Group Limited, UK, 1994. Strahler, A.N. Physical Geography, 4th Edition. John Wiley and Sons Inc., New York, 1975. Erinç, S. "Türkiye’de Toprak Çalışmaları ve Toprak Coğrafyasının Ana Çizgileri", İstanbul Üniversitesi Coğrafya Enstitüsü Dergisi, No.8, pp. 1-39, 1965, İstanbul. Gücer, C. Calculations for Erosive Potentials of Rainfall and Erosive Potential of Rainfalls in Turkey, Toprak-Su Genel Müdürlüğü Yayınları, No. 14, 1972, Ankara. Mater, B. Soil Classification and Their Application in Turkey, Review, no. 15, pp. 159-166, 1974-76, İstanbul. Görecelioğlu, E. "Türkiye’de Toprak Erozyonun Kapsam ve Önemi", İstanbul Üniversitesi Orman Fakültesi
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Field Work11212
Report Preparation12626
Individual Study for Mid term Examination4520
Individual Study for Final Examination5630
Reading6530
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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