Course Title Code Semester L+P Hour Credits ECTS
Sustainable Land Management * BBT   458 8 2 2 3

Prerequisites and co-requisites
Recommended Optional Programme Components None

Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Level First Cycle Programmes (Bachelor's Degree)
Course Type
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. İsmail ÇELİK
Prof.Dr.İSMAİL ÇELİK1. Öğretim Grup:A
This course aims to introduce the scientific, appropriate and rational use of soils, soil management and practices required to conserve and develop the lands.
Soil management, Soil as an element of soil management and a general overview of the soils of Turkey. Relationships between adhesion and cohesion in soil, soil tilth and soil consistency, soil tillage and factors influencing the choose of soil tillage systems. Conservational and conventional tillage systems in sustainable soil management and their fundamentals. Preparation of seedbed; Cultivation; Soil compaction problems in soil tillage and solution methods; Soil exhaustion and reasons; Sustainable and conventional agricultural systems, Losses of soil water and regulation methods, Fallow applications in arid and semi-arid regions, Precision agriculture and principles of application, soil erosion and erosion control methods.

Learning Outcomes

Course's Contribution To Program
NoProgram Learning OutcomesContribution
Has basic knowledge generally in Agricultural Sciences and specifically in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
Owns basic scientific information on plant nutrients and their applications which ensure healty nutritions of plants for high quality and economic plant production
Understands the principles of ecological farming in point of sustainable and ecological farming
Has the ability to identify, define, formulize and solve engineering problems. Choses and applies the appropriate analytical and modelling techniques for this purpose.
Assimilates the information which is used for soil conservation, protection against every kinds of misuses and pollution
Analyses soils, their components or their actual process and plans them to accomplish the requirements of sustainable agriculture principles under real limitations
Prepares nutritional programmes for regular nutrition of plants cultivated in each kinds of soil or soilless growing medium
Leads to the application and development of new technolgies, methods and measuring systems in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition area, under the scope of scientific, economic and rational uses of agricultural areas,
Gains the perfection in every kinds of soil, plant, fertilizer and water analyses and their interpretations
Carries the effective working ability and self-confidence for taking the responsibility in solo and team works
Accesses to information and searches literatures for this purpose ,uses databases and other sources
Has the awareness for following the developments in science and technology and renewing them continuously
Builds effective oral and written communication in Turkish and has enough knowledge in at least one foreign language
Constantly improve themselves with determining their training needs in accordance with their interests and abilities in the scientific, cultural, artistic and social fields in addition to their professional development
Gains consciousness for professional and ethical resposibilities
Has enough awareness of project management, workplace applicaitons, health of workers, and environemt and job safety
Be aware of the legal results of their activities
Achieves awareness of the universal and public results of professional solutions and applicaitons and understands the importance of entrepreneurship and modernism

Course Content
WeekTopicsStudy Materials _ocw_rs_drs_yontem
1 Definitions of sustainable soil management, concepts of land and soil, logic of sustainability in agriculture. Pre-reading
2 Effects of agreement and harmony in soil-climate-human relationships on soil management. Pre-reading
3 Soil as an element of soil management and an overview for soils of Turkey. Pre-reading
4 Soil tilth, indicators of tilth, measurement of soil tilth, Requirements of soil tilth-plant growth- soil tillage. A soil profile in regards to soil tilth. Pre-reading
5 Soil consistency, factors and forces effecting the consistency. Soil consistency and characteristics depending on soil moisture in soil-water system. Pre-reading
6 Soil tillage and purposes of tillage. Importance of soil tillage in sustainable soil management. Factors effecting the soil tillage and problems encountered in soil tillage. Pre-reading
7 Preperation of seedbed, characteristics of a well seedbed, importance and role of soil tillage in seedbed preparation. Pre-reading
8 Mid-Term Exam Mid-Term Exam
9 Cultivation and purposes. Causes, indicators and solution recommendations of soil compaction in sustainable soil management Pre-reading
10 Soil tillage systems and factors effective in decision, effects of tillage on soil properties. Pre-reading
11 Soil exhaustion, causes of soil exhaustion and solution recommendations. Pre-reading
12 Assessment of conventional and organic agricultural systems in regard to sustainable soil management. Pre-reading
13 Importance of soil quality in sustainable soil management. Basic indicators of soil quality. Pre-reading
14 Fallow and applications in Turkey. Major problems faced in fallow application. Importance, aim and methods of water conservation in arid and semi-arid regions. Pre-reading
15 Precision agriculture and applications. Pre-reading
16-17 Final Exam. Final Exam.

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