Environmental Soil Chemistry

Course Information
TitleΠεριβαλλοντική Εδαφοχημεία / Environmental Soil Chemistry
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorTheodora Matsi
Course ID600018824

Programme of Study: PMS Diacheírisī Edafikṓn, Ydatikṓn, Energeiakṓn Pórōn kai Agrotikoý Perivállontos

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses216

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours52
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Knowledge of Inorganic Chemistry, Physical-chemistry and Soil Science basics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Know the chemical composition of the constituents of soil solid and liquid phase, the reactions and interactions that take place and the soil chemical properties. 2. Apply specific methods for analysis of soil chemical properties. 3. Intepret the results of soil analysis. 4. Solve issues concerning soil pollution and remediation.
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
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Inorganic soil components. The chemistry of soil organic matter. Soil solution - solid phase equilibria. Ion exchange processes. Sorption phenomena on soils. Redox chemistry of soils. Kinetics of soil chemical processes. The chemistry of acid soils. The chemistry of saline and sodic soils. Contaminants in waters and soils. Cases of water and soil pollution and decontamination.
soil components, soil solution, soil chemical processes, problem soils, soil pollution-remediation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • Publications in international journals
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 MS Powerpoint και internet (search engines, e-mail, web-page).
Course Organization
Laboratory Work26
Reading Assigment22
Written assigments20
Student Assessment
50 % written exams. 50 % individual project assignment (a set of laboratory and theory exercises and presentation).
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)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Sparks D.L. 2003. Environmental Soil Chemistry. 2nd edition. Academic Press Inc., NY.
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