HWM-10803 Introduction Soil, Water, Atmosphere


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work18
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg
dr. KF Boersma
prof. dr. J Wallinga
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg

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Continuation courses:

SGL-12803 Introduction to Soil Geography, HWM-10303 Water 1, MAQ-10306 Introduction Atmosphere


This course introduces first year BSc students from the programme Soil, Water, Atmosphere to the various disciplines in that programme and the connections between these fields. These connections will become apparent in 3 interdisciplinary case studies based on current challenges in earth sciences. For each of these 3 case studies, students will prepare and execute field work, analyse the resulting data and write a short paper about their findings. The papers are combined with a general discussion and reflection in a portfolio. The course ends with an excursion to noteworthy locations in the Netherlands.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognise the societal relevance of soil, water and atmosphere;
- explain what the study programme Soil, Water, Atmosphere entails;
- clarify differences and links between the three domains;
- carry out a soil, water, atmosphere case study;
- perform basic field measurements and analyse the resulting observations;
- discuss results and summarize in a short report.


- read course material;
- attend introductory lectures;
- prepare and perform simple fieldwork;
- process and analyse data;
- write short papers and perform peer review;
- participate in excursion.


The final grade will be based on the portfolio: the 3 short papers in the portfolio contribute 75% in total, whereas the rest of the elements of the portfolio contribute the final 25%.


The main course material will be compiled in a reader (available in the Studystore). Additional material will be provided on Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc1MO