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MV0224

Soil as plant habitat and plant knowledge 3

The soil is one of our most important nature assets, and the foundation for all vegetation. A wide knowledge and understanding for soil properties and functions is of great importance for all planning and land use.

The course consists of two modules – one covering soil science and one covering plants, which are connected through studies of different soils and plant communities and how they relate to one another.

In the soil part of the course you learn about the components of the soil, physical, chemical and biological processes and properties of the soil as well as geotechnical aspects. Focus is on natural soils.

In the plant part of the course you learn about building and function of the plant and its requirements of the habitat as well as further skill in identifying plant species.

Välkomna till kursen MV0224!

Kursstart sker måndagen den 30/8 kl. 10.15. Kursen inleds med en introduktionsföreläsning på zoom. Länk till mötet kommer finnas på Canvas, och ni som sökt kursen kommer få en inbjudan till kursens Canvas-sida innan kursstart.

På grund av rådande omständigheter kommer stora delar av kursen att ske på distans. Rekommendationen från SLU är att övergången till campusbaserad undervisning ska ske gradvis, och för att det ska ske smittsäkert kan inte alla återvända samtidigt. Alla föreläsningar kommer därför att ske via zoom, eller vara redan förinspelade (läggs upp på Canvas), medan vissa övningar och handledningsmoment kommer ske på plats på Ultuna. All information kring föreläsningar och övningar kommer att läggas upp löpande på kursens Canvas-sida.

I början av kursen ska ni göra en övning som ger er möjlighet att börja fundera på växtplatser och hur växterna påverkas av förutsättningarna på platsen. I övningen ingår ett fältbesök på en växtplats, vilket ni gör antingen måndag 30 augusti (em) eller onsdag 1/9. Ni ansvarar själva för att ta er till platserna (alla är belägna i Uppsala). Introduktion till övningen sker vid kursstart. Mer information om övningen kommer finnas på kursens Canvas-sida.

Hälsningar,

Kursteamet, genom kursledare Helena Linefur

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You have until 2021-11-15

MV0224 Soil as plant habitat and plant knowledge 3, 15.0 Credits

Marken som växtplats och växtkännedom 3

Syllabus approved

2020-11-13

Subjects

Biology Soil science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Soil Physics 4.00 1002
Soil biology and chemistry 5.00 1003
Plants 3.50 1004
Plant science 2.50 1005

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

Swedish

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to:
• 30 credits, including
• 5 credits Geology and Hydrology.

Objectives

The aim of the soil part of the course is to give basic knowledge about processes in the soil and about the geotechnical properties of the regolith and rock as well as about the soil as plant environment. The plant part gives knowledge of the building and function of the plant and its requirements of the habitat as well as further skill in identifying plant species.

After completing of the course, the student should be able to:
• explain how a natural soil profile is built up,
• account for basic soil science concepts and processes,
• explain how the chemical, physical and biological properties of the soil affect the soil as a place for crop growing and how different soil types differ in this respect;
• account for basic plant anatomy and plant physiological concepts and processes,
• describe the plants’ requirements at the place of planting,
• describe the annual rhythm of plants, climate adaptation and stress resistance, as well as the factors that control this,
• identify a selection of trees, shrubs and perennial herbaceous plants,
• perform simple interpretations of soil data to be able to assess the properties of a soil,
• recognize Swedish vegetation types and plant communities and account for the connection to soil and other site specific factors,
• assess the requirements of plants at the plant site in terms of soil conditions and the need for light, water and nutrients.

Content

In the soil module of the course, the following fields are treated through lectures and literature:
• the components of the soil: solid material (mineral particles, organic material) and pore systems (water and air), the soil profile,
• the properties of different soil textures and how they influence the suitability for different land use alternatives,
• the natural ability of soils and soil materials to deliver nutrients and counteract acidification, and the role of the weathering in this,
• the ability of clay particles and organic matter to bind nutrients,
• binding and transport of water in soil and different soil materials, plant-available water and soil air,
• soil temperature,
• turnover of organic material and biological nitrogen processes in the soil,

The contents of lectures are processed in exercises where important soil processes are studied, different types of data are discussed and interpreted.

In the plant module of the course, the following fields through lectures and literature are treated:
• basic plant anatomy and plant physiology including the relationship between anatomy and function,
• site factors (light, water and nutrients etc) that are essential for plant establishment, growth and development and how these can be inferred in the external characters of the plants,
• the annual pattern, climate adaptation, stress resistance and growth dynamics of plants as well as which factors in their environment that affects these relations,
• learning of new plant species and review of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants known from earlier courses.

In field exercises, the two course modules are connected through studies of soil profiles and plant communities and how they relate to one another.

Field activities and parts of the exercises are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, passed results are required of both the soil module and the plant module.

The following is required for for passed soil module:
• passed written examination,
• passed practical assignments,
• participation in compulsory components.

The following is required for for passed plant module:
• passed written examination,
• passed växtidentifiering,
• passed practical assignments,
• participation in compulsory components.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The entry requirement 5 credits in Geology and Hydrology is fulfilled on completion of the corresponding course module of LK0292.

Responsible department

Department of Soil and Environment
Cooperating departments:
Department of Urban and Rural Development
Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: MV0213, MV0180, LK0136, LK0109
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Soil science
Course code: MV0224 Application code: SLU-10139 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Soil and Environment Pace: 100%