Soil Science and Nutrient Management


This module provides the student with a detailed understanding of soil classification and information systems, as well as the physical, biological and chemical processes that occur within soils. This includes understating the impact soil type and soil physical characteristics have on soil fertility, nutrient cycling, carbon, and water storage. Building on this knowledge students will appraise different land management options appropriate to different soil types. Practical skills attained will include the ability to identify and manage different soil types, analyse, and interpret key soil physical, chemical and biological properties, and devise appropriate fertiliser and organic manure programmes and nutrient budgets.

Sustainable development topics referenced within the module include:Responsible Consumption and Production, Life on Land

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate an in-depth knowledge of soil classification and identification methods including the use of soil information systems

  2. Measure and critically interpret key soil physical, chemical, and biological characterises

  3. Compare and contrast different soil types and the appropriate sustainable agricultural management of them

  4. Identify and critically evaluate soil management challenges and design appropriate amelioration techniques

  5. Critically evaluate fertiliser strategies and nutrient management plans appropriate to specific soil characteristics

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