SOC-22803 Principles of Soil Processes


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek
PAS Wilbers-Kerubun
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek
dr. GF Koopmans
ing. HPA Gooren
MC Commelin
dr. ir. K Metselaar
A Roepert
M Vlag
E van Eynde
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MR Hoosbeek

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Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety and ZSS06200 Field Work Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

SGL-12803 Introduction to Soil Geography

Continuation courses:

SOC-22306 Chemical Processes in Soil, Water, Atmosphere; SBL-21806 Soil Quality; SOC-21306 Soil Pollution and Soil Protection; SGL-33306 Geology and landscapes of the world, and SLM-21306 Subsurface Solute Transport.


This course focuses on soil chemical, physical and biological processes. The soil is characterized as a buffering system with water and reactive soil particles affecting mobility and bioavailability of nutrients and contaminants. This affects soil organisms, plants and groundwater and thus soil quality. Processes like water flow, leaching, adsorption, precipitation and biodegradation are introduced. Also, the role of the soil system within biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients is discussed. Tutorials support the lectures with assignments. Practicals improve relevant practical skills and illustrate important topics.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify and explain the basic physical, chemical and biological processes in soils;
- describe and apply basic approaches in soil quality and the role of soil systems in biogeochemical cycles;
- describe and quantify (analyse) important soil characteristics and soil processes.


- prepare and attend lectures and tutorials;
- answer assignments in textbook and tutorials;
- actively participate in the practicals.


Digital exam in QMP with a variety of types of questions, e.g. multiple choice, true / false, numeric, etc. (100%)

Participation in practicals is mandatory and is part of the examination (fail / pass).


Principles and Practice of Soil Science: The Soil as a Natural Resource
Fourth Edition
Robert E. White
ISBN: 978-0-632-06455-7 Wiley-Blackwell.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc4AF
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc4AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc4AF
Restricted Optional for: WULEABSc Minor Living Earth4AF