FAll 2001 SYLLABUS

Attendance and participation for all laboratories and examinations is mandatory. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING BACKGROUND INFORMATION BEFORE EACH LAB PERIOD. The lab instructional material is adapted from an autotutorial laboratory originally designed by Dr. Phillip Craul, Professor Emeritus at SUNY ESF.

Some of the laboratory analyses will be carried out individually; others will be done in teams. In all cases a written report must be submitted for each lab.

FIELD LABS: The bus will depart at 1:00 pm sharp from the DOME bus loading area on Irving Ave. If you miss the bus, you miss the lab.


Fall 2001 Lab Due Dates, Exam Schedule

Week Of: Lecture Topics & Reading Assignments Lab Topics
August 28 - 31
Student Registration
Course Introduction
History of Soil Science
Soil as a Resource
Read 1.1-1.18; 20.1 - 20.4
Lab 1 - Navigating FOR 345 Cyberspace
14 Moon
Sept. 4 - 7
Contact Dr. Dirt.
Soil Profile Description
Read 1.8 - 1.18
***Reserve Reading***
Folder 1: 3 USGS Fact Sheets; Folder 2: History of Landslides
Lab 2 - Field Trip: Tully Valley Geology
Sept. 11 - 14
Contact Dr. Dirt
Parent Material
(It's in the jeans!)
Weathering
Read Chapter 2 & 3.1
***Reserve Reading*** Briggs (1994)
Lab 3 - Field Trip (part 1) Heiberg Forest - Morphology of a Glacial Till Catena. Download OSDs for Lordstown, Volusia, Chippewa and Mardin series.
Sept. 18 - 21
Contact Dr. Dirt
EXAM 1
Soil Formation
Read Chapter 4
Lab 3 - Field Trip (part 2) Heiberg Forest - Soil Mapping
Sept. 25 - Sept. 28
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Physical Properties- texture, structure, bulk density, porosity
Read Chapt. 4
Lab Break- Yom Kippur

Oct. 2 - Oct. 5
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Water Concepts
5.1 - 5.4
Lab 4 The Inside Story on Soil Texture, Structure, BD and Pore Space
Oct. 9 - 12
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Water Movement
Read 5.5 - 5.11
Tu,We,Th (Fri 10/20) Lab 6 - Field Trip: 3-Rivers Game Management Area - Morphology of a Lacustrine Catena. Download OSDs for Croghan, Lamson, Niagara, and Otisville series
Oct. 16 - 19
Contact Dr. Dirt
EXAM 2
Soil Aeration
Read Chapter 7
Tu,We,Th (Fri lab at 3 Rivers) NO FORMAL LAB - Lab 5 Soil Water
Done as Homework (free form lab) - help session Mon 10/15 9:35-10:40 am IF NEEED
Oct. 23 - 26
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Temperature, Soil Erosion
Lab 7 Soil Survey
Oct. 30 - Nov. 2
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Colloids
Text Chapter 8
Lab 8 Field Trip Erosion and BMPs
Nov. 6 - 9
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil CEC and Sol Acidity
***Reserve Reading***
Magdoff and Bartlett
Text Chapter 9
Lab 9 CEC
Nov. 13 - 16
Contact Dr. Dirt
EXAM 3
Soil Organisms
Lab 10 - Field Trip: Organic Soils at Palermo
Nov. 20 - 23 NO CLASS NO LABS- THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov. 27 - 30
Contact Dr. Dirt
Soil Nutrition
Lab 11 - Soil Acidity
Dec. 4 - 7
Contact Dr. Dirt
EXAM 4
Micronutrients
Read Chapters 13-14
Lab 12- Soil Fertility
Fertilizer Link- Professor Shakhashiri Chem 103 at Univ. Wisconsin
Dec. XX FINAL EXAM Schedule
email: rdbriggs@mailbox.syr.edu
Updated on October 8, 2001
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