Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L1005004 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 植物生産土壌学
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Agricultural Soil Science
ナガオカ トシノリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Weds1-4:ABS C301
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Face-to-face Lecture
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 26 : Biological and Life Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Agricultural Sciences
Eligible Students Second-year students of Applied animal and plant science program (required)
Keywords SDG_2, SDG_3, SDG_12, SDG_13, SDG_15, Plant production, Soil, Sol functions, Soil minerals, Soil organic matter, Soil physical properties, Soil Chemical properties, Soil microorganisms, Nutrient dinamics 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
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Applied Animal and Plant Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding regarding natural phenomena related to animal and plant production in levels of molecule, cell, and individual organism and production environment that supports the phenomena

・Knowledge and understanding regarding the mechanism of animal and plant production in fields and relation between animals and the human society and natural environment.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・Ability to identify issues that he/she should pursue for a specific phenomenon related to animal and plant production, organize his/her own opinion, logically publish them orally and/or in writing, and discuss the topic 
Class Objectives
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Students learn roles, components and characteristics of soils as plant production environment, and then deepen understanding about their relationships with plant production, nutrient cycling and environmental conservation. 
Class Schedule Lesson1  Plant production and soil. What is soil?
Lesson2  Soil formation and development
Lesson3  Soils in Japan and the world
Lesson4  Soil minerals
Lesson5  Soil organic matter
Lesson6  Structures and physical properties of soil
Lesson7  Chemical properties of soil (1)
Lesson8  Chemical properties of soil (2)
Lesson9  Soil microorganisms
Lesson10  Nitrogen dynamics in soil
Lesson11  Phosphorus and potassium dynamics in soil
Lesson12  Soil-borne disease
Lesson13  Characteristics of upland and grassland soils
Lesson14  Characteristics of paddy soils
Lesson15  Environmental issues related to soil
Lesson16 Final Examination 
Textbook: Syokubutsu BioScience  (in Japanese, Kyoritsu Syuppan)
Reference book: Dojo Science Nyumon (in Japanese, Bun-eido), Saisin Dojogaku (in Japanease, Asakura Syoten)
Handouts are given.
PC or AV used in
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Projector (PowerPoint) 
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Preparation and
Students need to review lecture contents by handouts, reference books and notebooks after each lecture. Ask us or check it by yourself whenever you have any question.
Students need to submit reports to review lecture contents. 
Grading Method Final examination (80%), Reports (20%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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