Course Information
TitleΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΕΔΑΦΟΥΣ / SOIL PHYSICS
CodeΝ205Υ
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolAgriculture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID420001862

Programme of Study: PPS Geōponías (2019-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the other745
EGGEIŌN VELTIŌSEŌN, EDAFOLOGIAS KAI GEŌRGIKĪS MĪCΗANIKĪSCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)745

Programme of Study: UPS School of Agriculture (2011-today)

Registered students: 20
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the other745
EGGEIŌN VELTIŌSEŌN, EDAFOLOGIAS KAI GEŌRGIKĪS MĪCΗANIKĪSCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)745

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Total Hours65
Class ID
600142382
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Prerequisites
General Prerequisites
Knowledge of basic Physics, Mathematics and Soil Science.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Understand the principles of soil structure formation and of water and gas movement in the soil. 2. Recognise mechanisms of soil structure degradation. 3. Distinguishe the influence of the above mentioned on soil productivity. 4. Perform common methods for the determination of soil physical properties.
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)
The solid phase of the soil: particle size distribution (texture), bulk density and porosity. Specific surface of soil particles. Mass-volume relationships of soil solid, liquid and gaseous phase. Aggregation of soil particles and soil structure. Physical, chemical and biological agents of soil structural unit formation and stabilization. The influence of structure on soil properties and plant growth. Soil liquid phase: soil moisture, soil water suction and potential. Water movement and redistribution in uniform and heterogenous soil profile. Soil water balance. Clay-water interaction (swelling, shrinkage, flocculation, dispersion). Soil gaseous phase: soil aeration, gas movement in soil. Soil temperature and soil thermal properties. Basic method principles for the determination of soil physical properties.
Keywords
soil physics, structure, suction, aeration
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 ICT in Student Assessment
Description
Use of powerpoint and web (website and e-mail).
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures78
Laboratory Work26
Fieldwork3
Reading Assigment16
Written assigments15
Exams2
Total140
Student Assessment
Description
Compulsory attendance of the laboratory classes. Written scientific report. 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)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Παναγιωτόπουλος Κ.Π. 2009. Εδαφοφυσική. Εκδόσεις Γαρταγάνη, Θεσσαλονίκη (κωδικός Εύδοξος: 2297).
Additional bibliography for study
Hillel D. 2004. Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics. Elsevier Science, Academic Press, USA
Last Update
18-05-2020