General Soil Science

Course Information
TitleΓενική Εδαφολογία / General Soil Science
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600019409

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

Registered students: 103
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course215

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
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: • Τo understand the basic processes and parameters of soil pedogenesis • To understand the importance of conservation and protection of soils • To know the soil physicochemical properties • To know about methods of sampling soil samples. • To obtain skills in soil analyzes • To Obtain the ability to interpret soil analyses • To know about soil classification systems.
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
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Minerals and rocks from which the soils are developed. Factors and processes of soil formation. Physical properties of the soils. Soil moisture and its importance to plant growth. Soil chemical properties and soil fertility. Classification and mapping of soils.To a great degree, the quality of the soil determines the nature of plant ecosystems and the capacity of land to support animal life and society. Soils will continue to supply us with nearly all of our food (except for what can be harvested from the oceans). The study of soil science has never been more important for foresters , farmers, engineers, natural resource managers, and ecologists alike. The general chapters of the course are the following: • The soils around us • Formation of soils from Parent Materials • Soil Classification • Soil Architecture and Physical soil Properties • Soil Water Characteristics and Behavior • Soil and The Hydrologic Cycle • Soil Aeration and Temperature • The Colloidal Fraction: Seat of Soil Chemical and Physical Activity • Soil Acidity
Soil, Parent Material, Physical soil properties
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
Laboratory Work100.3
Reading Assigment431.4
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)
  • Labortatory Assignment (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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