Soil Science

(Course Code: 129KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 6 Teaching Credits:  5 ECTS Credits: 7 Type:
Optional Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor: I. Petousi / E. Zafeiriou / N. Georgi
Learning outcomes related to students’ knowledge, application and abilities.
  • Define the functions of soils in different ecosystems and describe its role for the management of crucial environmental problems.
  • Analyse soil samples and evaluate soil properties that affect ecosystems function.
  • Compare soil of different land uses and propose management practices for degraded soils
Topics per Week: Theory: The basic theoretical concepts of edaphology (creation and development of soils) are analyzed. Basic soil properties: Soil texture, soil structure, soil porosity, soil organic matter, cation exchange capacity, soil acidity, salinity and sodicity. The types of soil with their related ecosystems, and the circles of basic nutritious elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) are compared. It is also analyzed the importance of the natural and chemical attributes of soils for the rural and natural ecosystems. Basics of soil classification and mapping of soils. Laboratorial exercises: Laboratorial analyses for the determination of the major natural and chemical attributes of soil. Field exercises: Methodology and practice of sampling of soils.
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Written examination at the end of the Semester or written essay
Notes: Yes
Basic Textbook:
  • Mitsios, I.K., 2003. Soil Science. ZYMEL editions


The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

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