Course Title Code Semester L+P Hour Credits ECTS
Soil Chemistry * BBT   396 6 2 3 4

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Recommended Optional Programme Components None

Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Level First Cycle Programmes (Bachelor's Degree)
Course Type
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. Selim EKER
Prof.Dr.SELİM EKER1. Öğretim Grup:A
To introduce basic soil chemical components and their characteristics, to provide information and knowledge about the relationships between these characteristics and soil fertility, especially soil nutrients within a chemical perspective
Elemental composition of earth crust, primary and secondary minerals, soil-forming factors-pedogenic regimes. Soil-forming reactions carbonate balance-calcite containing systems. Ion exchange, cation exchange capacity, ion distribution, base saturation. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and microelement balances. Soil organic matter - humic and fulvic fractions. Structures, surface characteristics and nutrient adsorption functions of soil colloids.

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 Chemical composition of earth crust, primary and secondary minerals pre-reading
2 Soil-forming factors (chemical impacts) pre-reading
3 Pedogenic regimes (chemical impacts) pre-reading
4 Soil- forming chemical reactions pre-reading
5 Carbonate balance, calcite containing systems pre-reading
6 Substance transfer among solid, liquid and gas phases of soil, intensity and capacity relations. Mineral solubility balance - nutrient concentration in soil solution. pre-reading
7 Mineral solubility balance (continue) pre-reading
8 Mid-term Exam General study
9 Soil colloids - clay minerals - surface characteristics pre-reading
10 Electrical double layer, ion exchange pre-reading
11 Cation exchange capacity, ion distribution, base saturation pre-reading
12 Potassium balance- clay minerals, potassium fixation pre-reading
13 Nitrogen balance in soils: nitrogen oxidation numbers, mineralization - ammonification, nitrification pre-reading
14 Nitrogen balance in soils (continue): assimilative and dissimilative nitrogen reduction, (denitrification), nitrate leaching, immobilization pre-reading
15 Soil organic matter: carbon oxidation numbers. Decomposition of organic materials, humus synthesis, humic and fulvic fractions. pre-reading
16-17 Final Exam General study

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