Forest Soil Science

Course Information
TitleΔΑΣΙΚΗ ΕΔΑΦΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Forest Soil Science
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420000032

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able: • Understand the soils as a medium of forest vegetation growth. • Understand the basic functions of the soil organisms and the ecology of the forest soils. • To know the importance and the cycle decomposition of organic matter in forest soils. • To know about the soil nutrients and ways of managing them to improve the fertility and productivity of forest soils. • Understand how water works and its impacts on forest soils.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Soil as a medium for forest vegetation growth. Biological properties of forest soils, organic matter - forest floor - soil organisms. Nutrient recycling in forest-soil ecosystems. Forest soils and hydrological cycle. Effects of clear-cutting and thinning, grazing, agricultural cultivation and fires on forest soils. Forest nursery soils. The general chapters of the course are the following: • Organisms and Ecology of the Soil • Soil Organic Matter • Nitrogen and Sulfur Economy of Soils • Soil Phosphorus and Potassium • Calcium Magnesium and Micronutrients • Practical Nutrient Management • Soil Erosion and its Control
Forest soils, organic matter, nutrients
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
They will be used video and slideshow presentations (VLS media player, PowerPoint etc), while communication with students will be done by e-mail.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment48
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. N.C.BRADY, R.R. WEIL:ΕΔΑΦΟΛΟΓΙΑ, η φύση και οι ιδιότητες των εδαφών, Εκδόσεις, ΕΜΒΡΥΟ - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑΔΗΣ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΟΣ, 2011 ISBN 9789608002623, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 12536597 2. Διαφάνειες παραδόσεων μαθήματος(μορφή αρχείου pdf)
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