Module Identifier BSM2010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr John Scullion  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff William A Adams  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 16 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   12 Hours 4 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours examination  70%
Semester Assessment pracxtical Practical Exercise:  30%

Learning outcomes

Students completing the module should i) understand basic concepts of soil physics as they relate to water relations,
mechanical properties and temperature, ii) be familiar with related management techniques, iii) be capable of applying
systems for soil and land evaluation.


To familiarise students with principles of soil physics and the management of soil physical properties.
To introduce procedures for land and soil evaluation.


The course covers soil constituents and their effect on physical properties. Topics include particle size distribution,
variations in soil texture-structure as it influences aeration/water supply; the development and degradation of structure
in soils. Hydraulic conductivity and moisture potentials, temperature and heat fluxes in soils. Soil management practices
described include field drainage, irrigation, cultivation, soil handling properties and soil compaction/degradation/

The course finishes with a consideration of land and soil classification systems in the contect of mineral planning development.   
Fieldwork and CAL sessions will provide experience of land and soil evaluation procedure. Laboratory practicals will
introduce problems of sample analysis and data handling.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Marshall, T.J., Holmes, J.W. & Rose, C.W. Soil Physics Third. Cambridge University Press
Avery, B.W. Soil survey methods : a review/technical monographs Soil Survey and Land Research Centre : 18
Cairney, T. (1995) The re-use of contaiminated land Wiley & Sons, Chichester


This module is at CQFW Level 7