Forest Soil Science

Course Information
TitleΔασική Εδαφολογία / Forest Soil Science
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019423

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 65
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
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. Soils supply plants with inorganic, mineral nutrients in the form of dissolved ions. These mineral nutrients include such metallic elements as potassium, calcium, iron, and copper, as well as such nonmetallic elements as nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, and boron. The plant takes these elements our of the soil solution and incorporates most of them into the thousands of different organic compounds that constitute plant tissue. 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 Assigment481.6
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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