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Swayam Central

Environmental Soil Chemistry

By Prof. Somsubhra Chakraborty   |   IIT Kharagpur
This course will provide extensive discussions on the chemistry of inorganic and organic soil components, soil solution–solid phase equilibria, sorption phenomena, kinetics of soil chemical processes, redox reactions, soil pollution, pollutants-soil solution interactions, and analytical techniques for assessing soil pollution. Each topic will contain sample problems and explanations of parameters and terms. These should be very useful to students taking their first course in soil chemistry. This is a comprehensive and contemporary course for undergraduate students in soil science and for students and professionals in environmental chemistry and engineering, marine studies, and geochemistry.


INTENDED AUDIENCE :
Agriculture, Environmental science, Agricultural engineering
PREREQUISITES None
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : 1. Soil testing services
2. Soil and environmental pollution consulting companies
3. Soil remote sensing solution services
4. Petroleum industries

Learners enrolled: 429

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 20 Jul 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 18 Oct 2020
Enrollment Ends : 27 Jul 2020
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Level : Undergraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1:  Evolution of Soil Chemistry
    Week 2:  Inorganic Soil Components
    Week 3:  Chemistry of Soil Organic Matter
    Week 4:  Soil Solution–Solid Phase Equilibria and Sorption in Soils
    Week 5:  Ion Exchange Processes
    Week 6:  Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes
    Week 7:  Redox Chemistry of Soils
    Week 8:  The Soil Pollutants
    Week 9:  Pollutants-Soil Solution Interactions
    Week 10: Retention of Pollutants on and Within the Soil Solid Phase
    Week 11: Modeling the Fate of Pollutants in the Soil, Risks and Remedies
    Week 12: Analytical Techniques for Assessing Soil pollution

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    1.Environmental soil chemistry, 2nd ed, D.L. Sparks
    2. Soil Pollution: Processes and Dynamics by Yaron, Calvet and Prost.
    3. Dragun, J. (1988). “The Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials.” Hazardous Materials Control Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD.

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Somsubhra Chakraborty

    IIT Kharagpur
    I am currently serving as an Assistant Professor (Soil Science) at the Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. I was awarded various prestigious fellowships including the Australia Awards Fellowship from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I did my undergraduate and M.Sc degrees from BCKV and PAU in India and PhD degree in Agronomy (Soil Science emphasis) from Louisiana State University, USA. I started my career as a post-doctoral researcher at West Virginia University, USA. I joined IITKgp as faculty in 2016. I am passionate about the use of proximal and non-invasive sensors for soil management. I have around 50 international journal publications. I am currently serving as the member of the editorial board of Geoderma, the global journal of soil science.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    •The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    •The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 18 October 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm
    •Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    •Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    •Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 
    •If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    •Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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