The course covers definitions and an in-depth analysis of soil as a
system, including its natural forming processes, composition and the genesis of
soil profiles. Aspects of mechanical and chemical analysis of soil, soil measurements
and interactions and soil taxonomy/classification are covered, with emphasis on
soil physical and chemical parameters of soil structure, soil texture, soil
temperature, soil fertility, cation exchange capacity and soil buffers.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
- appreciate soil as an important natural resource
that is fixed in its quantity.
- enhance proper soil management and soil fertility
improvement skills for sustainable use of soils and general development.
- outline how soil chemical and physical properties
affect various uses of soils
- describe soil variability
- outline how soil properties can be modified to
improve their quality for a particular use
completing the course is expected to demonstrate:
- knowledge of a comprehensive awareness of the
nature, composition and the genesis of soil forming processes and soil
- knowledge of Soil conservation
- higher order and critical thinking skills
through: discussions and projects
focusing on soils as a basic and critical natural resource.
- personal development of each student in order to
maximize this potential for productive careers and the ability to embrace
a life-long learning model
- discuss the importance of soil analysis and its
relation to sustainable use and be able to plan, undertake, analyse and
report soil physical, chemical and biological investigations.
- Gain general, analytical understanding of tests
pertinent to soil chemical, physical and biological assessment.
- Gain Organisation skills to plan, execute and
report on scientific investigation and management of evaluations.
- Participate in individual and team activities
toward the completion of assignments and goals.