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Course Objectives: 

To provide information about sustainable soil management principles, the relationship and interactions between soil fertility and soil productivity; To give information about carbon footprint and evaluation of wastes.

Course Content: 

Methods for re-establishing the disrupted order and balance in the soil, techniques for sustainable land use, recycling of wastes to economy and nature.

Teaching Methods: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Simulation, 5: Case-study
Assessment Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Presentation, C: Homework, D: Project, E: Lab

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Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes Program

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
Can comprehend the factors, processes and events that lead to soil degradation. 4 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can analyze the relationships between soil fertility and productivity. 4 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can offer alternative solutions to different soil problems. 4 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can Evaluate and monitor the principles of sustainable use of soil resources. 4,10,11 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can make effective soil management practices, develop plans and programs. 4 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can evaluate plant-soil management interaction. 4 1,2,3 A,B,C,D
Can explain the recycling of wastes to nature and the provision of biodiversity. 10 1,2,3 A,B,C,D


Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Fundamentals of sustainability and sustainability management Lecture Notes
2 Sustainable soil management principles, the relationship and interactions between soil fertility and soil productivity Lecture Notes
3 Soil degradation, factors and processes, waste and waste processing methods Lecture Notes
4 Desertification; formation, reclamation and management of saline and alkaline soils Lecture Notes
5 Remediation techniques and removal of soil pollution Lecture Notes
6 Soil acidification; formation, reclamation and management of acid soils Lecture Notes
7 Midterm  
8 The problem of cream layer and soil compaction (formation, control and management) Lecture Notes
9 Soil pollution, pollution sources, reclamation and management Lecture Notes
10 Washing and loss of organic matter Lecture Notes
11 Tillage methods for soil conservation, management of soil organic matter Lecture Notes
12 Soil quality and health Lecture Notes
13 Carbon footprint Lecture Notes
14 Evaluation of agricultural and industrial waste Lecture Notes

Recommended Sources

Lecture Notes  
Additional Resources Regulation on the implementation of organic agriculture

Material Sharing

Documents Lecture Notes
Assignments Homework, Presentation
Exams Midterm, Final


Midterm 1 60
Homework 4 20
Presentation 1 20
Total   100
Final to Success   40
Semester to Success   60
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
1 To be able to comprehend the economic problems of agriculture; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data at micro and macro levels for economic applications; analyzing the ways of increasing production by applying the basic principles of economy in agriculture; to make the right decision for the future; to produce project-based solutions; ability to apply with contemporary techniques.            
2 To be able to monitor national and international agricultural markets, to understand the behavior of market actors; ability to predict the effects of economic and political developments on the Turkish agricultural sector and interpret and make decisions.            
3 Marketing of agricultural products by using marketing principles and methods; have the basic knowledge about market research and ability to interpret.            
4 Agricultural production tools, equipment, methods and equipment to recognize; application of plant and animal production techniques and models; Ability to use the theoretical and practical knowledge related to plant breeding, plant breeding, seed production, genetics, physiology, ecology, biotechnology, plant gene resources, organic agriculture and meadow-pasture management in the field of field crops.        


5 To develop and deepen their knowledge in the field of information systems at the level of expertise; interpreting and integrating the information acquired in information systems with the information coming from related disciplines; ability to develop new approaches to complex problems in applications in information systems.            
6 Ability to possess wide and deep knowledge in the field of Agricultural Trade and Management including the most recent advances; ability to possess advanced level of required skill, techniques and methods to conduct research by using and evaluating up-to-date information; ability to model, design and develop solutions, a system, a process or a product under realistic constraints by generating innovative and original ideas.            
7 Ability to perceive, design and apply an original research process (analytical, modeling or experimental) independently: ability to solve complex problems and critically evaluate the ideas and developments in the field of specialization. Ability to transfer advancements in scientific, technical and cultural developments to the society with the ethical responsibility and scientific objectivity.            
8 Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English; the ability to write and understand effective reports, to make effective presentations, to give and receive clear and understandable instructions.            
9 Ability to work effectively in disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams; self-study skills.            
10 To act in accordance with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility awareness; the ability to inform the society on issues related to biodiversity, natural resources, air, water, soil pollution, recycling, environmental sensitivity, environmental protection.       X    
11 Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; the ability to access information, follow developments in science and technology, and constantly renew oneself.     X      


Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Workload (Hour)
Course hours (Exam week included: Total 14h) 14 3 42
Study Time for Exams 1 25 25
Midterm 1 2 2
Reading article outside of class 14 10 140
Presentation and preparation to presentations 1 25 25
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload     237
Total Workload / 25 (h)     9,5
ECTS Credit of the Course     10