Chemical Analysis of Soils, Plant Tissues & Water

Course Information
TitleΧΗΜΙΚΗ ΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ ΕΔΑΦΩΝ, ΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΦΥΤΙΚΩΝ ΙΣΤΩΝ 1 / Chemical Analysis of Soils, Plant Tissues & Water
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000701

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
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 quantitative chemical analysis, soil science and soil chemistry basics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Become familiar with methods of classical and especially instrumental chemical analysis. 2. Carry out the most common laboratory methods for the determination of the major metals and non-metals in soils, waters and plant tissues. 3. Interpret the results of chemical analysis.
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)
Soil sampling and pretreatment. Elementary soil analysis, dissolution with HF and fusion with Na2CO3. Basics of atomic absorption spectrometry, flame photometry and Uv-Vis spectrometry. Determination of Al, Si, Fe, Ca, Mg, Na, K and trace elements. Saturation paste, collection of soil saturation extract, centrifugation method. Determination of water soluble cations and anions. Determination of soil pH and lime requirements of acid soils. Determination of organic matter and total N. Extraction and characterization of chemical substances(humic and fulvic acids). Cation exchange capacity and ion exchange, exchange isotherms. Ion sorption and sorption isotherms. Determination of soil available nutrients. Sampling and analysis of waters and assessment of their quality for different uses. Wet oxidation and dry ashing of plant tissues. Determination of nutrients in plant tissues.
Chemical soil analysis, methods of instrumental chemical analysis, plant tissues analysis, water analysis
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 powerpoint and web (website and e-mail).
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Compulsory attendance of the laboratory and theory classes. Presentation of research work. 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)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Εργαστηριακές ασκήσεις του μαθήματος Χημική Ανάλυση Εδαφών, Νερών και Φυτικών Ιστών. 2015. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις, ΑΠΘ, Θεσσαλονίκη. Sparks, D.L. 1996. Methods of soil analysis. Part 3 - Chemical methods. SSSA Book Series 5. ASA, SSSA, Madison, WI. Mills, H.A., and J. Benton-Jones Jr. 1996. Plant Analysis Handbook II. Micro-Macro Publishing, Athens, Georgia.
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