Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Soils
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  This will be an essay relating to the content of the module 1500 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  This will be an essay relating to the content of the module 1500 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of soil formation, structure and function

Demonstrate an ability to apply the information they have gained on soils in agricutural and horticultural contexts

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental aspects of soils for agricultural and horticultural purposes, along with providing a basic understanding of soil science principles. Students will delve into topics such as soil formation, structure, function, significance, ecology, and their impact on plant growth.


The aim of this microcredential is to develop the student's knowledge and skills in the basics of soils and soil science, enabling them to utilise this understanding in the context of agricultural and horticultural practices


1)Soil formation and structure
2) Soil components a functionality
3) Ecology of soil and industry considerations

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Creative Problem Solving Formative MCQs throughout the course and questions posed by lecturers in recordings will give problems for students to work through
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be expected to synthesise complex information for the final assessment
Digital capability Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications to develop answers for their formative MCQ and final assessment
Subject Specific Skills Demonstrate an understanding of soil structure and property implications on food production processes


This module is at CQFW Level 7