Course guide

Soil Technology

Academic year 2021 / 2022
Last updated on: 19/05/2021
Approval date: 19/05/2021

Grado (bachelor's degree)

Bachelor's Degree in Biology

Branch

Sciences

Module

Sostenibilidad y Conservación

Subject

Tecnología de Suelos

Year of study

3

Semester

1

ECTS Credits

6

Course type

Elective course

Teaching staff

Theory

  • Emilia Fernández Ondoño. Groups: B
  • Irene Ortiz Bernad. Groups: A

Practice

  • Emilia Fernández Ondoño. Groups: 3 y 4
  • Francisco Martín Peinado. Groups: 2
  • Irene Ortiz Bernad. Groups: 1

Timetable for tutorials

Emilia Fernández Ondoño

efernand@ugr.es
    Second semester
    • Monday de 11:00 a 13:00 (Facultad Ciencias)
    First semester
    • Monday de 12:00 a 14:00 (Facultad Ciencias)
    • Tuesday de 12:00 a 14:00 (Facultad Ciencias)
    • Wednesday de 12:00 a 14:00 (Facultad Ciencias)

Irene Ortiz Bernad

irene_ortizbernad@ugr.es
  • Thursday de 10:00 a 12:00 (Facultad de Ciencias)
  • Monday de 10:00 a 12:00 (Facultad de Ciencias)
  • Wednesday de 10:00 a 12:00 (Facultad de Ciencias)

Francisco Martín Peinado

fjmartin@ugr.es
  • Thursday de 11:00 a 14:00 (Facultad Ciencias)
  • de 11:00 a 14:00 (Facultad Ciencias)

Prerequisites and recommendations

Previous attendance to Química, Medio Físico and Métodos para el estudio del Medio Natural is recommended.

Brief description of course content (According to the programme’s verification report)

  • Soil Quality
  • Soil Classification and Use
  • Erosion and Desertification
  • Soil Conservation and Erosion Control
  • Caraterization of contaminated soils
  • Remediation of contaminated soils
  • Soil Evaluation
  • Environmental impacts derived from soil use
  • Sustainable soil use

Skills

General Skills

  • CG01 - Capacidad de organización y planificación 
  • CG02 - Trabajo en equipo 
  • CG03 - Aplicar los conocimientos a la resolución de problemas 
  • CG04 - Capacidad de análisis y síntesis 
  • CG05 - Conocimiento de una lengua extranjera 
  • CG06 - Razonamiento critico 
  • CG07 - Conocimientos de informática relativos al ámbito de estudio 
  • CG08 - Aprendizaje autónomo para el desarrollo continuo profesional 
  • CG09 - Comunicación oral y escrita en la lengua materna 
  • CG10 - Toma de decisiones 
  • CG12 - Sensibilidad por temas de índole social y medioambiental 
  • CG14 - Motivación por la calidad 
  • CG17 - Capacidad de gestión de la información 
  • CG18 - Trabajo en equipo interdisciplinar 

Subject-specific Skills

  • CE07 - Catalogar, evaluar y gestionar recursos naturales 
  • CE10 - Realizar cartografías temáticas 
  • CE26 - Describir, analizar evaluar y planificar el medio físico 
  • CE27 - Diagnosticar y solucionar problemas ambientales 
  • CE32 - Evaluar el impacto ambiental 
  • CE74 - Conocer los flujos de energía y ciclos biogeoquímicos en los ecosistemas 

Learning outcomes

  • To acquire a global vision of soil medium and soil degradation processes.
  • To know and evaluate erosion processes and their remedial measures.
  • To study contamination processes and soil remediation measures.
  • To evaluate and quantify soil environmental impacts.
  • To plan soil use.

Planned learning activities

Theory Syllabus

Lesson I. Soil quality and degradation: soil quality indicators (study of a non-degraded soil). Soil degradation indicators (study of a degraded soil).

Lesson II. Soil erosion. Remedial measures. Forms of soil erosion. Soil erosion evaluation. Soil control.

Lesson III. Soil contamination and remediation. Characteristics of contaminated soils (study of a contaminated soil). Types of soil pollutants. Remediation of contaminated soils (study of remediated soils).

Lesson IV. Soil evaluation and environmental impact: evaluation parameters. Environmental impacts.

Lesson V. Soil use: agricultural and forest soils. Soil-water-plant interactions.

Practical Syllabus

  • Practical activities on soil description, classification and evaluation in laboratory, field and with computer programms. Use of AgroMap, AgroSol, ParametricSol and CambioDeUso. All available at: http://edafologia.ugr.es.
    • Interpretation of soil evaluation maps.
    • Interpretation of soil erosion maps.
  • Laboratory practice: Phisical and chemical analysis of samples from a soil profile and study of soil erosion and evaluation. Elaboration of a working memory.
  • Field practice
    • Forest and agricultural soils
    • Degraded soils

Recommended reading

Essential reading

  • Aguilar, J.; Martínez, A.; Roca, A. (1996). Evaluación y manejo de suelos. Ed. Univ. Granada.
  • Kirby, M.J., Morgan, R.P.C. (1984). Erosión de suelos. Ed. Limusa. México.
  • Pierzynsky, G.M., Sims, J.T., Vance, G.F. (2000). Soils and Enviromental Quality. CRC Press. Boca Raton. USA.
  • Porta J., López-Acevedo & Roquero C. (2003). Edafología para la agricultura y el medio ambiente (3ª edición). Mundi-prensa.

Complementary reading

  • De la Rosa, D. (2008). Evaluación Agro-ecológica de Suelos para el desarrollo rural sostenible. Ediciones Mundi Prensa.
  • Porta J., López-Acevedo & Poch R. M. (2008). Introducción a la Edafología. Uso y protección del ed. Mundi-Prensa
  • Schaetzl, R.J. y Anderson, S. (2009). Soils. Genesis and geomorphology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 8817 pp.
  • IUSS Working Group WRB. (2015). World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014, update 2015 International soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps. World Soil Resources Reports No. 106. FAO, Rome.
  • Soil Survey Staff (2014). Keys to Soil Taxonomy. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 12ª edición. Mundiprensa.

Recommended learning resources/tools

  • DEPARTAMENTO DE EDAFOLOGÍA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (http://edafologia.ugr.es). Amplia información sobre los suelos.
  • DEPARTAMENTO DE EDAFOLOGÍA DE ETSIA. DE LA LAGUNA (CANARIAS). (http://webpages.ull.es/users/jnotario/CSCA/Index.htm). Página de la asignatura de Edafología (algunos archivos sin acceso libre).
  • D.G. Rossiter (Universidad de Twente, Holanda): A compendium of on-line soil survey information (http://www.itc.nl/%5C%5C~rossiter/research/rsrch_ss.html ) FAO SOIL PORTAL: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/en/
  • http://www.eea.europa.eu/ (Agencia Europea de Medioambiente)
  • http://soils.usda.gov/ (Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos)

Teaching methods

  • MD01 Lección magistral/expositiva 
  • MD02 Sesiones de discusión y debate 
  • MD03 Resolución de problemas y estudio de casos prácticos 
  • MD04 Prácticas de laboratorio y/o clínicas y/o talleres de habilidades 
  • MD05 Prácticas de campo 
  • MD06 Prácticas en sala de informática 
  • MD07 Seminarios 
  • MD09 Análisis de fuentes y documentos 
  • MD10 Realización de trabajos en grupo 
  • MD11 Realización de trabajos individuales 

Assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

Ordinary examination diet

  • The Assessment normative can be found in BOUGR núm. 112, de 9 de noviembre de 2016 (http://secretariageneral.ugr.es/bougr/pages/bougr112/_doc/examenes%21).
  • The assessment will evaluate the student´s work in the different thematic areas, including seminars and practical activities (soil evaluation, erosion and contamination) as well as exams. In order to pass the course, the student must accomplish all the objectives and competences indicated in this academic guide. All the students have the right to stand for two assessment sessions, one ordinary and one extraordinary. 
  • The ordinary assessment will follow a continuous assessment system, including the following items:
  1. Exams (60%)
  2. Seminars/Workshops (15%)
  3. Practical activities (25%)
  • A minimum 4/10 in every assessable activity will be mandatory in order to be considered for the final grade.

Extraordinary examination diet

  • The students that have not overcome the course in the ordinary assesment session will have an extraordinary assessment session regardless of whether they have previously carried out a continous assessment or not. The final grade will follow the rules indicated in the Academic Guide and, in any case, the posibility of obtaining 100% of the final grade will be ensured for all the students. 

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

  • The assessment will be preferably continuous. Nevertheless, the students have the opportunity to choose a single final assessment in case they cannot accomplish with the continuous session due to working duties, health problems, disability, mobility programms or any other duly justified matter. In order to benefit from this special assessment, the students must apply to the Head of the Department within the first two weeks of the course indicating the reasons why they cannot follow the continuous assessment. If the application is finally estimated, the final assessment will include two final exams (Theory, 85%; Practice, 15%).

Additional information

Alternative readings:

  • Porta, J., et al. (2019). Edafología. Uso y protección de los suelos. Ed. Mundi-Prensa. Madrid. On line version (free personal identification required)
  • Practical Videos in YouTube (UPV)
  • Virtual Museum (Edafología UGR)
  • Virtual Computer Programms (Edafología UGR)

Links:

  • http://edafologia.ugr.es/introeda/tema00/progr.htm
  • http://edafologia.ugr.es/programas_suelos/index.htm
  • http://edafologia.ugr.es/museovirtual/indice.html
  • http://edafologia.ugr.es/comun/enlaces.htm

SCENARIO A (CONTACT AND ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING)

Timetable

The tutorial schedual is available at: http://www.ugr.es/~edafolo/profesorado.php.

Tools for tutorial support (Include virtual tools for tutorial support)

  • In this semi presence-based scenario, tutorials will be attended by video conferences (Google meet or any other platform indicated by the UGR) or institutional email. Individual tutorials will be developed with prior appointment. The professors may organize mandatory or optional group work tutorials in case asynchronous lessons are needed.
     

Adjustment measures for assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

  • For theory and practice lessons, maximum presentiality will be ensured according to the regulations of the health and the UGR authorities, as well as the Plan de Adaptación de la Docencia del Grado and the availability of physical spaces for teaching.
  • Theory lessons and seminars
    • Theory lessons and seminars will be carried out under a semi presence-based scenario. Students will weekly rotate and lessons will be given using powerpoint presentations. The health and academic authorities will establish the maximum presenciality in the classroom and the rest of the students will follow the lessons by synchronous video conferences (Google meet or any other platform indicated by the UGR). If neccesary, the virtual Soil Museum of the Department of Soil Science and the audioguides will be used.
  • Laboratory practices
    • Analytical practices: Student presenciality will be established by the health and academic authorities and will mainly focused in hand-operated aspects. Principles, methodologies, and results will be discussed during synchronous video conferences (Google meet or any other plartorm indicated by the UGR) using powerpoint presentatios and videos elaborated by the professors.
  • Field practices
    • Field trips will be organized on site If possible under the health and academic recommendations. 
  • Computer programms practices 
    • Computer practices will be developed on line using synchronous tools available at http://edafologia.ugr.es/programas_suelos/index.htm. Students should be able to classify the soils studied in the laboratory practices.
  • Group work
    • Students will carry out a group work (formed by 3-5 people), applying all the theoretical knowledge and laboratory results to real soil profiles.

 

Ordinary examination diet

Continuous attendance

  • Seminars: This item will be evaluated with a group work. The text will be uploaded to PRADO and the students will have to make an online presentation (15 min max.). Contents, oral expression and knowledge building will be evaluated (15%).
  • Practical activities: Laboratory results, field work and computer programms practices will be evaluated (25%).
  • FINAL EXAM: It will include theory and practical questions (60%).


1. All the assessable activities will require a minimum mark of 4/10 in order to be considered for the final grade. 
 

Extraordinary examination diet

  • The students that have not overcome the course in the ordinary assesment session will have an extraordinary assessment session regardless of whether they have previously carried out a continous assessment or not. The final grade will follow the rules indicated in the Academic Guide and, in any case, the posibility of obtaining 100% of the final grade will be ensured for all the students. 
  • The extraordinary session will include a final exam with theory and practical questions.

 

 

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

  • The assessment will be preferably continuous. Nevertheless, the students have the opportunity to choose a single final assessment in case they cannot accomplish with the continuous session due to working duties, health problems, disability, mobility programms or any other duly justified matter. In order to benefit from this special assessment, the students must apply to the Head of the Department within the first two weeks of the course indicating the reasons why they cannot follow the continuous assessment. If the application is finally estimated, the final assessment will include two final exams (Theory, 85%; Practice, 15%).

SCENARIO B (SUSPENSION OF CONTACT ACTIVITIES)

Timetable

The tutorial schedual is available at: http://www.ugr.es/~edafolo/profesorado.php.

Tools for tutorial support (Include virtual tools for tutorial support)

  • In this non presence-based scenario, tutorials will be attended by video conferences (Google meet or any other platform indicated by the UGR) or institutional email. Individual tutorials will be developed with prior appointment. The professors may organize mandatory or optional group work tutorials in case asynchronous lessons are needed.
     

Adjustment measures for assessment methods (Instruments, criteria and percentages)

  • Theory lessons and seminars
    • Theory lessons and seminars will be carried out online using powerpoint presentations preferably during synchronous video conferences (Google meet or any other platform indicated by the UGR). Also, the virtual Soil Museum of the Department of Soil Science and the audioguides will be used.
  • Laboratory practices
    • Analytical practices: All the practices will be developed during synchronous video conferences (Google meet or any other plartorm indicated by the UGR) using powerpoint presentatios and videos elaborated by the professors.
  • Field practices
    • Field work will be organized using powerpoint presentatios and videos elaborated by the professors, as well as the virtual Soil Museum of the Department of Soil Science and the audioguides.
  • Computer programms practices 
    • Computer practices will be developed on line using synchronous tools available at http://edafologia.ugr.es/programas_suelos/index.htm. Students should be able to classify the soils studied in the laboratory practices.
  • Group work
    • Students will carry out a group work (formed by 3-5 people), applying all the theoretical knowledge and laboratory results to real soil profiles.

Ordinary examination diet

Continuous attendance

  • Seminars: This item will be evaluated with a group work. The text will be uploaded to PRADO and the students will have to make an online presentation (15 min max.). Contents, oral expression and knowledge building will be evaluated (15%).
  • Practical activities: Laboratory activities, field work and computer programms practices will be evaluated (25%).
  • FINAL EXAM: It will include theory and practical questions using the EXAMEN PRADO platform (60%).


1. All the assessable activities will require a minimum mark of 4/10 in order to be considered for the final grade. 

Extraordinary examination diet

  • The students that have not overcome the course in the ordinary assesment session will have an extraordinary assessment session regardless of whether they have previously carried out a continous assessment or not. The final grade will follow the rules indicated in the Academic Guide and, in any case, the posibility of obtaining 100% of the final grade will be ensured for all the students. 
  • The extraordinary session will include a final exam with theory and practical questions using the EXAMEN PRADO platform.

Single final assessment (evaluación única final)

  • The assessment will be preferably continuous. Nevertheless, the students have the opportunity to choose a single final assessment in case they cannot accomplish with the continuous session due to working duties, health problems, disability, mobility programms or any other duly justified matter. In order to benefit from this special assessment, the students must apply to the Head of the Department within the first two weeks of the course indicating the reasons why they cannot follow the continuous assessment. If the application is finally estimated, the final assessment will include two final exams (Theory, 85%; Practice, 15%) using the EXAMEN PRADO platform.