Course detail

Soil chemistry

FCH-MA_ENG8Acad. year: 2021/2022

Chemical processes of soil development, Mobilization and precipitation of soil components, Sorption, ion exchange, Sesquioxides, soil redox processes and their role for mobilization and immobilization of nutrients and pollutants, Relation between speciation, bioavailability, toxicity and mobilization, Discussion of the current status and experiences in the laboratory exercises, Case-oriented investigation of a location for contaminants and soil chemical parameters, Methods of soil chemical analysis, contaminant analysis including planning, sampling, sample preparation, enrichment, purification, Techniques of sequential extraction for inorganic and organic compounds, instrumental analysis and sum parameters, Advanced knowledge of chromatography and spectrometry, Evaluation of analysis results in the ecologic and legislative context

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students know and understand the soil chemical processes and their relevance for soil quality, soil development, as well as for the transport, bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants.
The knowledge of instrumental analysis is deepened.
The students are able to plan and perform a soil chemical analysis (nutrients, soil parameters and contaminants)
Students are able to evaluate and judge the analysis result in the ecological context
Students have basic knowledge on current​ ​environmental​ ​laws.

Prerequisites

basics of general and analytical chemistry

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Appelo, C.A. J., Postma, D. (1994): Geochemistry, groundwater and pollution. Balkema, Rotterdam (EN)
Alfred R. Conklin Jr. (2005): Introduction to Soil Chemistry. Wiley (EN)
Cresser, M.S., Kilham, K., Edwards, A. (1993) Soil Chemistry and its Applications. Cambridge Univ. Pr. (EN)
Sparks, D.L. (2008) Environmental soil chemistry. Acad. Press. (EN)
György F. (1999) Soil Chemistry: Processes and Constituents. Akadémiai Kiadó. (EN)
Foth, H.D. (1990) Fundamentals of soil science. Wiley. (EN)
Foth, H.D., Ellis, B.G. (1997) Soil Fertility. Lewis. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures 2h/week, seminars 2 h/week, the e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

written test, for E is necessary to asnwer at least 50% of questions

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Chemical processes of soil development
Mobilization and precipitation of soil components
Sorption, ion exchange
Sesquioxides, soil redox processes and their role for mobilization and immobilization of nutrients and pollutants
Relation between speciation, bioavailability, toxicity and mobilization
Discussion of the current status and experiences in the laboratory exercises
Case-oriented investigation of a location for contaminants and soil chemical parameters
Methods of soil chemical analysis, contaminant analysis including planning, sampling, sample preparation, enrichment, purification
Techniques of sequential extraction for inorganic and organic compounds, instrumental analysis and sum parameters
Advanced knowledge of chromatography and spectrometry
Evaluation of analysis results in the ecologic and legislative context

Aims

The students know and understand the soil chemical processes and their relevance for soil quality, soil development, as well as for the transport, bioavailability and toxicity of contaminants. The knowledge of instrumental analysis is deepened. The students are able to plan and perform a soil chemical analysis (nutrients, soil parameters and contaminants) and to evaluate and judge the analysis result in the ecological context as well as in the context of current environmental laws.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

none

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPAP_ENVI Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit

 

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer