Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology
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Additional course evaluations for SG0211
Academic year 2019/2020Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40009) 2020-03-25 - 2020-04-30
Academic year 2018/2019Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40058) 2019-03-26 - 2019-05-02
Academic year 2017/2018Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology (SG0211-40118) 2018-03-21 - 2018-04-26
SG0211 Soil Science, hydrology and meteorology, 7.5 CreditsMarklära, hydrologi och meteorologi
SubjectsSoil science Forest science
Education cycleFirst cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)
Prior knowledgeBasic qualifications for university studies and qualifications from upper secondary school equivalent to
- Biology 2 and
- Chemistry 2
knowledge at basic level equivalent to
- 60 credits Forest Science, including Chemistry 7,5 credits and 7,5 credits Soil Science
- 60 credits Biology including Chemistry 15 credits and Soil Science 7.5 credits or
- 60 credits Biology inluding Chemistry 15 credits and Earth sciences 7.5 credits or
- 60 credits of Earth sciences including Chemistry 15 credits
ObjectivesThe course aims at a comprehensive and coherent view of the forest ecosystem, including landscape-scale meteorologic and hydrologic processes such as the energy and water balances, and enhanced knowledge of physical, chemical and biological processes in the soil.
After completing the course the student will be able to:
- account for the energy- and water balance equations, including the variation of parameters over different vegetation surfaces.
- discuss the effects of different forestry activities on the energy and water balance, in a given area.
- describe the components of soils and the most important organism groups, including their main functions in the soil system.
- account for the strength and capacity of water adsorption and its availability for plants, the transport of water in the groundwater zone, and the main features of gas exchange in soils.
- account for fundamental chemical and biological soil processes, particularly those tied to the cycling of nutrients, and the understanding of how that, in turn, is affecting the soil productivity.
- discuss different environmental factors, such as availability of water-, nutrient- and energy substrates, as well as temperature, pH and redox conditions, affect the rate and direction of soil processes.
ContentThe pedagogic setup is lectures, individual reading and organized group discussions. The group discussions are performed according to a specific protocol termed SIG (Studies In Groups). Subsections of the course are ended with question seminars. In some subject areas this pedagogy is complemented by supporting exercises.
The subject content includes the fields of meteorology, hydrology, soil physics, soil chemistry and soil biology including microbiology. Scheduled exercises and group discussions are compulsory.
Formats and requirements for examinationApproved written examination and approved reports and presentation of exercises. Participation in compulsory parts.
- 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.
- 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 informationSLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.