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Unit description

Examines the main soil forming processes and the role of both organic matter and clay minerals in soil processes and properties is explored. Field soil assessment and classification skills are developed and methods for the examination of soil invertebrates introduced. The main concepts and methods used to assess soil physical and chemical properties are introduced, as is the use of soil moisture characteristics for the prediction of water movement. The behaviour of soil nutrients is examined.

Unit content

1. Introduction to soil and soil formation

2. Soil physical characteristics and water movement

3. Soil colloids (clays and humus)

4. Soil description and classification 

5. Soil organic matter and biology

6. Nutrient cycles

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the main soil forming processesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
2describe the major biological, chemical and physical properties of soils and their influence on water and nutrient cyclesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
3assess and describe soil structure, texture and consistence and classify soils using different soil classification methodsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4discuss the cycling of nutrients through soil and their availability to plants.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the main soil forming processes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. describe the major biological, chemical and physical properties of soils and their influence on water and nutrient cycles
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. assess and describe soil structure, texture and consistence and classify soils using different soil classification methods
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. discuss the cycling of nutrients through soil and their availability to plants.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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