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SS5008: GLOBAL SOIL GEOGRAPHY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 02 Sep 2021 19:45


Course Overview

Field based course that takes you across northeast Scotland exploring an ancient tropical rainforest, hill farming in action, survey techniques and soil formation.

Lectures focus on how soils form, how soils work, soil classification, soil as part of the environment, human impacts on soil, and the use of mapping and soil data to optimise the management of this fragile resource.

Your assessments are geared towards developing practical skills. This includes a presentation on a particular soil that requires research akin to detective work, a quiz on soil classification and a critical essay on a selected topic.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Paul Hallett

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Field Course during University weeks 9 - 12
  • 1 during University weeks 9 - 13
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 9 - 12

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Poster Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Feedback

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during discussions, field trips, practicals and presentations.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Feedback Word Count
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Field Book of Soil Excursions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Learning Outcomes
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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