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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 exam 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 course runs in weeks 7-11, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times: Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13. If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 11-13.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (40%) and in-course assessment (60%). In course assessment is made up of three parts, a soil description (25%), a field notebook (10%) and a quiz on soil classification (25%). Resit: 1 two-hour examination.
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.