Semester: 1 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 30 hours
Field of study: Environmental Protection
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Contact person: prof. dr hab. inż. Cezary Kabała tel. 71 320 1943, e-mail:
Short description: Introduction to factors that influence on the variability of soil properties and productivity on a global scale, to international rules of soil evaluation and description, and to international classification of soils according to FAO.
Full description: Diagnostic role of soil texture, color, structure, gleyic properties and morphological features. International rules of soil evaluation. Soil resources of Poland as evaluated based on Classification of Polish Soils. Theoretical background and main units of international soil classification systems - FAO-WRB and US Soil Taxonomy. Evaluation of European and world soil resources focused on their productivity. Origin and unique properties of anthropogenic soils (including technosols). Environmental role and protection of organic soils. Application of GIS methods in investigation of soil cover.
Bibliography: 1. IUSS WORKING GROUP WRB 2015. World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2015. 3rd edition, World Soil Resources Reports 103, FAO, Rome (wersja angielska i polska). 2. Driessen P., Deckers J., Spaargaren O., Nachtergaele F. 2001. FAO lecture notes on the major soils of the world. World Soil Resources Reports 94, Rome, Italy (dostępne w internecie). 3. Guidelines for soil description. 4th edition. FAO, Rome, 2006.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge Student has extended knowledge factors and soil-forming processes ongoing under natural conditions and in the ecosystems transformed by humans Student has knowledge about modern rules of classification of Polish and world’s soil (according to recent classification of soils in Poland and FAO-WRB classification) derived for evaluation of environmental resources and agricultural suitability. Student has knowledge about diagnostic soil properties required for soil evaluation, in line with international guidelines (FAO-ISRIC). Student knows professional Polish and English terminology in soils science Skills Student may dissolve, individually and in a group, research problems using relevant field and laboratory methods Student may describe and analyze the soil state based on field observation and investigation Student may classify and evaluate basic soil types Student may evaluate anthropogenic impacts on the soil morphology and properties Student applies professional Polish and English terminology in soil science Social competences Student understands the environmental variability and the need for good practices in scientific investigations. Student cooperates in a group and fulfil the duties relevant to the role in a group. Student indicates priorities when planning the work; coordinates self-work and work of the group. Student understands the individual and group responsibility for the state of environment and the quality of produced food; foresees the environmental results of human activity; knows the activities that may limit the risk
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%)

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