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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
   
Aims

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 
A. Analyse how fundamental physical, chemical and biological soil properties underpin key soil processes.

B. Analyse the importance of the environment (particularly the landscape and human activities) in relation to selected soil properties and processes.

C. Recognise the great variety of soils in the world through the differentiation of selected soils from contrasting environments according to key soil classification schemes.

D. Analyse main human impacts on soils and appreciate changing concepts relating to soil conservation.

E. Apply the concept of scientific peer review to a selected soil topic and be able to report it in written and oral way

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.



Syllabus 
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 

Assessment

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

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