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14.4.2020 at 08:00 - 4.5.2020 at 23:59
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Lukuohje MAAT-407 / Reading instructions MAAT-407
Brady, N. and Weil, R. (2017) The Nature and Properties of Soils. Ed.: 15th edition. Boston.

See attached specific instructions to know which chapters are the core areas of the course, what "good to know" and what "interesting to glance through" topics. Enjoy the reading :).

Conduct of the course

The course includes a written exam and an oral part taking place after the written part. The oral exam is a face-to-face discussion of the exam and your answers (please, take the questions with you from the written exam). You have a chance to add to your answers and ask questions that may remain uncertain.


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.

Due to current COVID-19 situation general examinations in lecture halls are cancelled. You can contact the teacher to ask about alternative completion methods.

Associate professor Mari Pihlatie