Basic knowledge of soil science (such as MAAT-021 Principles of soil science) is required. In addition, the courses selected for the module of Environmental Soil Science (MAAT-400, ENV-420, MAAT-640 or MAAT-650, or according to PSP) must be completed before taking the literature exam.
After passing the literature exam the student knows the most important soil constituents, i.e., clay minerals, organic matter, iron and aluminium oxides, and carbonates and understands their physical and chemical properties and reactions such as cation exchange and anion retention. Learning objectives also include the concepts of soil texture and soil structure, understanding soil hydrology and soil aeration. Chemical characteristics such as soil acidity and salinity and cycles of different elements in soil (particularly nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, other plant nutrients and heavy metals), the principles of plant nutrition and soil fertility, soil erosion and its control and functions of soil in the ecosystem in general are emphasized.
Periods 1-IV. Recommended in the 3rd year of the BSc studies
A uniting basic-level literature exam of Environmental Soil Science. The student studies independently the textbook that covers in general level all relevant fields of soil science: soil formation, soil constituents and their properties, soil water and air, soil structure, the sorption and desorption processes of substances in soil, soil fertility and nutrient management, as well as soil protection.
Instruction for reading the book. Independent study 130 h.
R.R. Weil & N.C. Brady: The Nature and Properties of Soils. 15. edition 1104 p. Prentice Hall, 2017.
Written and oral examination. Grading 0–5.
Available in English as a book examination. Instructions for reading the book are available from the teacher responsible for the exam. The teacher and student can go through and discuss the instructions together, if needed.
Associate professor Mari Pihlatie