|Assessment length / details
|Practical written report (1,200 words)
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the different components of soils and how they vary.
2. Relate these components to key soil processes including moisture relations and nutrient cycling.
3. Apply understanding of soil physical characteristics to practical land management techniques including drainage, irrigation and cultivation.
4. Apply understanding of soil chemical characteristics to practical land management techniques including liming and nutrient inputs.
5. Relate soil processes to broader environmental concerns and conditions.
This module will introduce students to soil composition and key soil processes with an emphasis on how these vary between different soil types. Following the delivery of these fundamentals, the module will focus on their implications for land management and protection of the environment.
More applied elements of the module will consider soil pH and its management, soil nutrient cycling and management, drainage and irrigation, cultivations, and soil conservation/degradation. A final lecture will cover the range of information available regarding soil types and their management.
Two practical sessions will provide experience of soil assessment in the field and standard laboratory soil measurements.
|Application of Number
|Analysis of numerical data from practicals.
|Good scientific communication required in assignment.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Detailed feedback provided via Turnitin on the reports or in practical sessions.
|Use of information technology required in report.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Module skills relevant to potential careers.
|Assignment develops skills linking scientific data to practical land management.
|Research skills associated with collation and processing of information for reports.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Module requires students to develop skills in soil management.
|Student will engage in teams to plan, collect and report on data.
This module is at CQFW Level 4