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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 presentation on a particular soil that requires research akin to detective work, and an open book test in Week 6. We expect students to keep a detailed log of field trips to learn survey techniques and to consult for the test.
|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.
The test will take place in week 12.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Soil Taxonomy Presentation (30%); Class Test (70%).
There are no assessments for this course.
Informal verbal feedback at the end of the presentation; individualised written feedback with course grade. Class generic feedback on class test.