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FERTILIZERS AND SOIL FERTILITY

SSC 151 (3 credit hours)

SYLLABUS Spring Semester 2015

Instructor: Steve Broome
Office: 3214 Williams Hall
E-mail: stephen_broome@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919-515-2167
Telephone: 919-513-2555
Office Hours: By appointment

Time & Place: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:05-8:55 a.m., 2215 Williams Hall

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Text:  Soil Fertility ManualInternational Plant Nutrition Institute ($35 new)

Course Objectives and Student Outcomes:

After completing the course the student will be able to:

1. Describe the factors that affect plant growth and explain how soil fertility and nutrient management interact with these factors.
2. Identify the essential plant nutrients and describe their role in plant nutrition.
3. Explain the importance of soil acidity and liming in crop production, turf management, and horticulture in the Southeast.
4. Interpret and explain and soil test results.
5. Recognize the important properties of synthetic and organic fertilizer materials and be able to calculate amounts that should be applied to supply a given rate of plant nutrients.
6. Explain the positive environmental effects of proper fertilizer use, and the negative effects of excessive fertilizer applications.

 Project:  

  Students must complete an individual or team project (2-4 students per group) related to soil fertility or fertilizers to be finished no later than April 15, 2015.

Dates will be assigned for presentations that will begin March 16.

 

 Grades:

Exams will cover material from lecture and reading assignments. Exam questions will be short answer, multiple choice, matching, blanks to fill in, or calculations. The exams will be given during a lecture period. Grades will be determined using the following weighting scale:

                                                                                                                                                   
                           Attendance and Participation                5%                             
                           Homework                                          15%                                                      
                           Team Project                                      10%                                                      
                           3-Hour Exams                                     50%                                                      
                           Final Exam                                          20%                                                      
                           TOTAL                                             100%                                                    
                                                                                                              
                           Grades will be assigned as follows:

                      
                           A+  97-100                                    C+  77-79
                           A    93-96                                       C    73-76           
                           A-   90-92                                       C-   70-72           
                           B+  87-89                                       D+  67-69           
                           B    83-86                                        D    63-66           
                           B-   80-82                                       D-   60-62           
                                                                                   F   < 60                                                                              
Academic Integrity:

 The Instructor will uphold the Code of Student Conduct, and the University's policies on Academic Integrity. He expects that students have read and understand the "Code," particularly the definitions and examples of "Cheating," "Plagiarizing," and "Aiding and Abetting Others to Cheat or plagiarize." Students caught cheating on exams or plagiarizing will receive a zero for that portion of the course. University procedures for reporting cheating will be followed.
It is the Instructor's understanding and expectation that each student's signature on any test or assignment means that the student neither gave nor received unauthorized aid.
  
Attendance: 
Students are expected to attend all lectures. Recording absences is mandatory in all classes in the Agricultural Institute. Please sit in the seat you prefer by the end of the second week and use that seat for the remainder of the semester. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and collect all handouts and assignments that were missed due to absence. Students meeting the requirements for "Excused Absence" will be allowed to make-up missed exams and assignments.

Conduct:                                                                                                                          
You are expected to conduct yourself in a mature manner that is considerate and respectful of your classmates, the instructor, and yourself to create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Do not disrupt class by arriving late, talking during lecture or creating any other types of distraction. The best discipline is self-discipline.Students with handicaps and disabilities:                                                                      
If you have a handicap or disability that may affect your participation in this class, please notify the Instructor as soon as possible so that any necessary adjustments can be made.

Students with handicaps and disabilities:                                                                                             
If you have a handicap or disability that may affect your participation in this class, please notify the Instructor as soon as possible so that any necessary adjustments can be made.


Class Schedule Spring 2015:

 

Day

Date

Lecture topic

Chapter

 Wednesday

January 7

Introduction-History

 

Friday

January 9

Fertilizer Chemistry

 

Monday

January 12

Fertilizer Terminology

 

Wednesday

January 14

Factors Affecting Plant Growth

 

Friday

January 16

Soil Properties Related to Soil Fertility

1

Monday

January 19

Martin Luther King Holiday

 

Wednesday

January 21

Soil Properties Related to Soil Fertility

1

Friday

January 23

Soil Properties Related to Soil Fertility

1

Monday

January 26

Essential Elements

 

Wednesday

January 28

Essential Elements

 

Friday

    January 30

Essential Elements

 

Monday

     February 2

Review

 

Wednesday

February 4

EXAM 1

 

Friday

February 6

Soil pH and Liming

2

Monday

February 9

Soil pH and Liming

2

Wednesday

February 11

Soil pH and Liming

2

Friday

February 13

Nitrogen

3

Monday

February 16

Nitrogen

3

Wednesday

February 18

Nitrogen

3

Friday

February 20

Phosphorus

4

Monday

February 23

Phosphorus

4

Wednesday

February 25

Phosphorus

4

Friday

February 27

Potassium

5

Monday

March 2

Potassium

5

Wednesday

March 4

Potassium

5

Friday

March 6

Exam 2

 

Monday-Friday

   March 9-13

Spring Break

 

Monday

March 16

Secondary Nutrients

6

Wednesday

March 18

Secondary Nutrients

6

Friday

March 20

Secondary Nutrients

6

Monday

March 23

Micronutrients

7

Wednesday

March 25

Micronutrients

7

Friday

March 27

Soil Sampling

8

Monday

March 30

Soil Sampling

8

Wednesday

April 1

Soil Testing and Interpretation

9

Friday

April 3

Good Friday

9

Monday

April 6

Soil Testing and Interpretation

9

Wednesday

April 8

Plant analysis

9

Friday

April 10

Environmental Issues, Water Quality

11

Monday

April 13

Waste Products as a Source of Nutrients

 

Wednesday

April 15

Review

 

Friday

April 17

Exam 3

 

Monday

April 20

Nutrient Management

 

Wednesday

April 22

Nutrient Management

 

Friday

April 24

LAST DAY OF CLASSES (Review)

 

Mon. & Tue.

April 27-28

Reading Days

 

Wednesday

May 6

FINAL EXAM 8-11 a.m.

 

 

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