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Field based course that takes you across northeast Scotland exploring an ancient tropical rainforest, hill farming in action, survey techniques and soil formation.
A long tradition of soil science teaching at the University of Aberdeen assembled into lectures and field trips delivered by senior academics.
Your assessments are geared towards developing practical skills. This includes a field log book to teach survey techniques, a presentation on a particular soil that requires research akin to detective work, and a quiz on soil classification. An essay will also assessed.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Considers the factors and processes that form soils; the aspects that govern the distribution and evolution of soils in a local, regional and global scale; the interaction of soils with biological processes and their susceptibility to environmental change; the classification and taxonomy of soils; and the use of mapping in land capability and other practices. Weekly field trips provide hands-on experience across northeast Scotland.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Soil Taxonomy Presentation (25%) and Poster (15%); Field Book of Soil Excursions (10%); Essay - 3 page summative (25%); Soil Classification Quiz (25%).
A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during discussions, field trips, practicals and presentations.
Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.