Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420001862

Programme of Study: PPS Geōponías (2019-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the other745
EGGEIŌN VELTIŌSEŌN, EDAFOLOGIAS KAI GEŌRGIKĪS MĪCΗANIKĪSCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)745

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Total Hours65
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Knowledge of basic Physics, Mathematics and Soil Science.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand the principles of soil structure formation and of water and gas movement in the soil. 2. Recognise mechanisms of soil structure degradation. 3. Distinguishe the influence of the above mentioned on soil productivity. 4. Perform common methods for the determination of soil physical properties.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The solid phase of the soil: particle size distribution (texture), bulk density and porosity. Specific surface of soil particles. Mass-volume relationships of soil solid, liquid and gaseous phase. Aggregation of soil particles and soil structure. Physical, chemical and biological agents of soil structural unit formation and stabilization. The influence of structure on soil properties and plant growth. Soil liquid phase: soil moisture, soil water suction and potential. Water movement and redistribution in uniform and heterogenous soil profile. Soil water balance. Clay-water interaction (swelling, shrinkage, flocculation, dispersion). Soil gaseous phase: soil aeration, gas movement in soil. Soil temperature. Basic method principles for the determination of soil physical properties.
soil physics, structure, suction, aeration
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of powerpoint and web (website and e-mail).
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Compulsory attendance of the laboratory classes. Written exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παναγιωτόπουλος Κ.Π. 2009. Εδαφοφυσική. Εκδόσεις Γαρταγάνη, Θεσσαλονίκη (κωδικός Εύδοξος: 2297).
Additional bibliography for study
Hillel D. 2004. Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics. Elsevier Science, Academic Press, USA
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