Practical techniques linking farming and the environment through developing an understanding of soil science. Students will gain skills in, independent learning, accessing and evaluating information from a variety of sources – citing and referencing sources of information in an appropriate manner, ensuring academic integrity and the avoidance of plagiarism.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Understand how environmental systems function
- Understand the role of soil in ecosystem services
- Describe fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and how they are assessed
- Relate soil management decisions to policy and environmental change
|Coursework||Report - 2000 words||50%|
|Coursework||In class 90 minute test - multiple choice via Gateway||50%|
Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.
- Ashman, M.R. and Puri, G. (2002). Essential Soil Science. Blackwell Science. (available as ebook)
- Coleman, D.C., Callaham, M.A., and Crossley, D.A.J. (2018). Fundamentals of soil ecology (third ed.). Academic Press
- Eash, N.S., Sauer, T.J., O’Dell, D., and Odoi, E. (2016). Soil Science Simplified (sixth ed.). Wiley Blackwell (available as ebook)
- Gobat, J.M., Aragno, M., and Matthey, W. (2004). The living soil: fundamentals of soil science and soil biology. Science Publishers
- White, R.E. (2006). Principles and Practice of Soil Science. (4th edition). Blackwell Science