Prerequisites of the course include MAAT-021 Principles of soil science or MAAT-407 Environmental Soil Science Readings I, or corresponding courses in another university, basic knowledge of general chemistry and previous experience of working in a chemistry laboratory. In addition, each student has to pass a small-scale pre-examination.
After the course the student is able to :
- work safely in soil science laboratory
- carry out the most essential laboratory analysis applied for soil and plant samples and understands the theoretical principles of the analytical methods
- pretty independently use the most common analytical instruments needed in soil and plant analytics and understands the principles of the instruments
- calculate the results from raw data and present the results as tables or figures
- present the results in a scientific report
- search scientific references and compare own results to those presented in the literature
Opening lecture (obligatory) in English on Monday 21.10.2019 at 1:15-2 p.m. in seminar room 3-4, building EE.
Laboratory work will be carried out 28.10.-8.11.2019, teaching laboratory of Environmental Soil Science, Biocenter 1 B, 4th floor. Working hours from Monday to Friday at 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Notice: A small-scale but obligatory pre-examination will be organized 26.9.2019 and 9.10.2019. For more information, see “Relations to other study units” below. Participating in the course requires passing the pre-examination.
The course consists of a selected number of inorganic analyses on soil and plant samples, and lessons about good laboratory practices and work safety. The course includes the following analyses:
- Plant analysis
- Soil analysis
- Soil total carbon and nitrogen
- Soil cation exchange capacity and exchangeable cations
A tentative schedule will be shared in the opening lecture.
Lectures 5 h, laboratory exercises 55 h, independent working 75 h.
Before the course, the students become familiar with the laboratory manual. The exercises will be carried out in pairs or in groups according to the given schedule. Each exercise will begin with a short introduction given by the teacher.
The students submit a laboratory report within two weeks after completing the laboratory work. The report will be written independently.
Laboratory manual and materials in Moodle.
An essential part of the course is a report that consists of introduction to the principles of the analyses, materials and methods of the analyses, and the results and their interpretation. Grading 0-5.
Passing a pre-examination is a prerequisite of the course. The exam mainly consists of basic calculations needed in the laboratory work, such as preparation of a salt solution of known molar concentration and preparation of a set of standard solutions from a stock solution. Upon registration, the students will be e-mailed exercises that help them to prepare for the pre-examination. To pass the pre-examination at least 50% of the maximum points has to be reached. The result of the examination will be informed by e-mail.
University lecturer Salla Venäläinen
Prerequisites of the course include principles of soil science (MAAT-021 or MAAT-407, previously MAA200 and MAA270), or corresponding courses in another university as well as basic knowledge of general chemistry and previous experience of working in a chemistry laboratory. In addition, each student has to pass a small-scale pre-examination.
The obligatory pre-examination can be taken on the public examination day 26.9.2019 (please check the time and venue when registering for the examination) or 9.10.2019 at 10:00-12:00 (Biocenter 1, seminar room 3105 above Unicafe). Duration of the examination is 2 hours. Registration for the examination on 26.9.2018 should be done in WebOodi whereas registration for the examination on 9.10. should be done by e-mailing Salla Venäläinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 7.10.2019. The exam mainly consists of basic calculations needed in the laboratory work, such as preparation of a salt solution of known molar concentration and preparation of a set of standard solutions by diluting from a stock solution. Upon registration for the course, the students will be e-mailed exercises that will help them to prepare for the pre-examination. Passing the pre-examination requires that 50% of the maximum points will be gained. The result of the examination will be informed by e-mail.