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This advanced soil science course provides additional teaching of physical, chemical and biological properties of soils in the context of food security. You will learn a variety of processes that affect soil productivity, accompanied by practical sessions that will teach relevant analytical methods. The wide range of soil processes taught will be brought together at the end of the course to provide a working knowledge of agronomy, including the interactions between crops and specific chemical or physical properties of soils. Students are introduced to modelling of agricultural impacts on soils and the environment so that mitigation strategies can be assessed.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
The course examines soil conditions in relation to environmental sustainability and food security. This will be into context of soil management, inherent soil properties and major limiting factors such as water availability.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
The assessment for this course is 100% continual assessment. The assessments are based on three assignments related to the practical sessions with a strong emphasis on data analysis, statistical applications and summarizing large volumes of information.
Student Debate on Soils for Food Security (30%)
Executive Summary of student debates on a topic relevant to Soils for Food Security (20%)
Two laboratory reports with a strong emphasis on data analysis, statistical applications and summarizing large volumes of information.
Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment
The field trips, tutorials and practical sessions will provide opportunities for student-student and student-instructor interaction. Formative assessment will be provided during these interactions.
Students will get generic verbal feedback on each laboratory report and during tutorials in relation to progress on tasks. Each student will receive individual feedback and a grade for each laboratory report. Feedback will be provided as written comments.