701-0501-00L  Pedosphere

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersR. Kretzschmar
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


701-0501-00 VPedosphäre2 hrs
Thu10:15-12:00HG G 3 »
R. Kretzschmar

Catalogue data

AbstractIntroduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties are explained and illustrated by numerous examples.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of soils as integral parts of ecosystems, development and distribution of soils as a function of environmental factors, and processes leading to soil degradation.

The course "Pedosphäre" teaches and examines the competences process understanding and systems understanding.
ContentDefinition of the pedosphere, soil functions, rocks as parent materials, minerals and weathering, soil organisms, soil organic matter, soil formation, principles of soil classification, global soil regions, physical soil properties and functions, chemical soil properties and functions, soil fertility, land use and soil degradation.
Lecture notesPolybook
Literature- Scheffer/Schachtschabel - Soil Science, Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.

- Brady N.C. and Weil, R.R. The Nature and Properties of Soils. 14th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geology.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Agricultural Sciences 2015; Version 01.03.2019 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Environmental Sciences 2016; Version 29.09.2023 (Examination Block 2)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Kretzschmar
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Written aidsKeine. Ein Hilfsblatt wird an der Prüfung zur Verfügung gestellt.
Online examinationThe examination may take place on the computer.
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Agricultural Sciences BachelorExamination BlockOInformation
Interdisciplinary Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Environmental Engineering BachelorElective Block: Soil ProtectionWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorExamination Block 2OInformation