Advanced Soil Chemistry

Course Information
TitleΠΡΟΧΩΡΗΜΕΝΗ ΧΗΜΕΙΑ ΕΔΑΦΟΥΣ 1 / Advanced Soil Chemistry
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000693

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
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 soil science and soil chemistry basics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand the chemical composition of the constituents of the soil solid phase and the soil solution, the reactions that take place and the soil chemical properties. 2. Apply specific laboratory methods for the study of soil chemical processes. 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)
Elementary soil composition. Soil minerals and clay minerals. Soil organic matter. Soil solution, activity of water soluble ions, use of models for the description of the chemical composition of soil solution. Solubility of the soil solid constituents - Solubility diagrams. Ion exchange - Isotherms and thermodynamics parameters. Ion sorption - Sorption isotherms, thermodynamics parameters. Kinetics of reactions in soil. Oxidation and reduction.
Clay minerals, ion exchange, kinetics, oxidation, reduction, soil chemistry, soil organic matter, sorption, thermodynamics
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
Bohn H.L., B.L. McNeal and G.A. O’Connor. 2001. Soil Chemistry. 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY.
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