Course Structure

Lesson Module Format

The online course materials in Agronomy 502 consist of a Course Introduction, 13 lessons modules, and four open-book exams.

To accomplish the course objectives, Agronomy 502 lesson modules are categorized into four areas: soil basics, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil biology. Below is the breakdown of each of these areas by lesson. Before the areas, a short introduction to the section is available and the section is concluded with submission of reflections and completion of a take-home exam. At the end of the course, there is a summary activity related to the case study and the soil concept map assignment.

Soil Basics
The following are lessons in this area:
- Introduction/Case Study
- Lesson 1: Soil Development and Classification
- Lesson 2: Soil Mineralogy and Weathering

Soil Chemistry
The following are lessons in this area:
- Lesson 3: Ion Exchange
- Lesson 4: Ion Distribution
- Lesson 5: Ion Activity and Liming
- Lesson 6: Solubility and Chemical Reactions

Soil Physics
The following are lessons in this area:
- Lesson 7: Soil Solids
- Lesson 8: Water Flow in Soil
- Lesson 9: Soil Temperature

Soil Biology
The following are lessons in this area:
- Lesson 10: Soil Organisms
- Lesson 11: Soil Organism Interactions
- Lesson 12: Carbon Cycle
- Lesson 13: Nitrogen Cycle