2023-2024 / GEOP0010-1

Soil quality evaluation


14h Th, 13h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Gilles Colinet

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective is to give students an applied perspective of soil quality assesment.

 - Definition of soil quality. Identification of causes and consequences of pressures and threats on soil.

- Soil sampling, practical caracterisation of main soil properties in the laboratory. 

- Collective work on the study of soil threats applied to a given territory. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After completing the course the student is expected to - have a good idea about threats on soils, - have a basic knowledge about soil analysis and teir limitations, - develop strategies of identification and monitoring, - suggest means of prevention and correction/interpretation.
The course contributes to following skills:
* Design a experimental protocol or a sampling protocol adapted to one given question and interpret results ;
* Assess the sustainability of practices of environmental management based upon existing data.
The course certifies:
* Adaptation of experimental or sampling protocols to a specific issue and interpret results ;
* Quantification of environmental threats in water-soil-plant-atmosphere systems

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Pédologie générale Pédogenèse, référentiels internationaux de classification et hydrodynamique des sols

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Face to face lectures and seminars,- Practical exercises on the field, - Group work under coaching

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Lectures and workshop : 6h Field trip : 6h Lab work : 18h Personal work : 6h

Recommended or required readings

Girard M.C. et al. (2005) Sols et Environnement, Dunod, 832 p. Defining Soil Quality for a Sustainable Environment (1994), Doran and al. ed., SSSA Spec. Public., 35, 244 p. + documents on e-campus

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Group report (100%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students need to succeed to a preliminary test prior to be authorized to get into the laboratory. The practical modalities of the test will be given in the introduction of the lecture.


Colinet, Gilles Science du Sol 081 62 25 39 Gilles.Colinet@ulg.ac.be

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