General information

Module title Soil Science
Language English
Module lecturer dr hab. inż. Karolina Lewińska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Profesor UAM
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code SS


Module aim (aims)

The aim of this classes is to develop students knowledge about soil properties and their spatial variability as an essential part of environment. Students will be introduced to both, Polish and World Reference Base of soil resources, basic laboratory soil analysis and data interpretation.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge about chemical and physical phenomenon.


Week 1 Definitions and soil-forming factors in the genesis of soil.
Week 2 Soil structure, classification of soil fractions. The specific role of mineral and organic colloids in soils.
Week 3 Physical properties of soil
Week 4 Chemical properties of soil
Week 5 World soil taxonomy part 1
Week 6 World soil taxonomy part 1
Week 7Polish soil taxonomy compared to world soil taxonomy
Week 8 Exam

Reading list

1. Tan, K.H. 1996. Soil sampling, preparation, and analysis. Marcel Dekker, New York, Basel.
2. Csuros, M. 1994. Environmental sampling and analysis for technicians. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, Ann Arbor
3, Quevauviller D.G. (ed.). 1995. Quality assurance in environmental monitoring. Sampling and sample pretreatment. VCH, Weinheim, New York.
4. Taylor, J.K. 1987. Quality assurance of chemical measurements. Lewis Publishers, Michigan.