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Module Code: ENV207
Module Title: Soils and the Environment
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A

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.

*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.

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 


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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