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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 put into context of soil management, inherent soil properties and major limiting factors such as water availability.
Main Learning Outcomes
This course runs in weeks 13-17, and is scheduled in Thread 2 so may have contact hours in any or all of these times: Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18. If it is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Executive Summary of student debates on a topic relevant to Soils for Food Security (25%)
Two laboratory reports with a strong emphasis on data analysis, statistical applications and summarizing large volumes of information.
i. Soil physics laboratory report (10%)
ii. Saline irrigation laboratory report (25%)
1st Attempt: 2-hour exam (40%)
Resit: Similar to 1st Attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and/or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.
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.