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Module Code: ENV207
Module Title: Soils and the Environment
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A

1. To understand the fundamental properties and processes of soils.

2. To apply this knowledge to a number of pure and applied problems relating to the soil.

Learning outcomes 
Student completing the module successfully should:

(note: for accreditation and other reasons, sub-headings could be added apart from the items below by departments)

A. An understanding of fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties and processes of soils.

B. An understanding of soils in relation of their past and present environments.

C. An appreciation of the great variety of soils in the world, gained through the study of soils in a number of contrasting environments.

D. A knowledge of the variety of perspectives from which soils are studied and evaluated.

E. An understanding of soil classification.

F. To understand human impacts on soils and soil conservation.

G. An appreciation of changing concepts relating to soil conservation.

Method of teaching and learning 
Each topic is covered in one or two lectures.

The course involves both an examination, the writing of laboratory reports, and participation in lectures and seminars.

There are two complementary elements to the learning strategy:

1. The lectures (including lecture material available on ICE).

2. Detailed documents available on ICE on which participation will be based. These documents are selected from up-to-date literature available in the library and from electronics resources.

Lecture 1. Soils around us and their importance

Lecture 2. Soil and its environment: Soil development and main physical properties

Lecture 3. Soil properties and processes: Water

Lecture 4. Soil properties and processes: Air

Lecture 5. Soil properties and processes: Colloids

Lecture 6. Soil properties and processes: pH

Lecture 7. Soil properties and processes: More detailed Chemical processes

Lecture 8. Soil properties and processes: Life

Lecture 9. Soil diversity, classification systems and profiles

Lecture 10. Soil erosion

Lecture 11. Soil pollution and other impacts

Lecture 12. Soil and world food supply

Lecture 13. Summary

Laboratory 1. Soil water potential

Laboratory 2. Soil organic matter

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13    8  8  98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Written Examination 50.00
2 Peer Review Essay Paper 40.00
3 Reading And Review 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:33:20 AM