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AGRI8012 - Advanced Soil Science

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Title:Advanced Soil Science
Long Title:Advanced Soil Science
Module Code:AGRI8012
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Agriculture
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: BRENDAN O CONNELL
Module Author: JOSEPH CROKE
Module Description: Soil and growing media are explored in light of the pivotal role in sustainable human co-existence in relation to the agronomic, ecological and environmental impacts surrounding food, ornamental, biomass and medicinal crop land based production systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the interaction of soil texture, soil structure and soil ecology.
LO2 Explore sustainable management models on soil ecology.
LO3 Evaluate modified soil and soil less systems of crop production.
LO4 Critique methods of sustainable management of soils to protect environment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Soil physical and chemical sustainability
Texture, structure, organic matter, flora and fauna in virgin and cultivated soils and primary particle aggregate change influences, air filled porosity, erosion, weathered soils, holistic management, water management, peatland soils management, crop fertigation, foliar feeding, compost teas, repairing damaged soils.
Soil Ecology
Cultivatable and non-cultivatable soil microbes, beneficial micro- and macro-organism bio prospecting, introduced species risks, engineered soil ecology, parasites and pathogens of beneficial soil biology, abiotic damage to soil ecology, compaction avoidance and mitigation planning, minimal and non tillage of crop soils on soil ecology, pollution and climate change in relation to soil ecology.
Non mineral soils and soil less systems
Peat land soil cultivation, raised and blanket bog, sphagnum, fen peat cultivation, hydroponics, sustainable nutrient filament technique techniques; reducing soil topography challenges using gravel and channel culture, comparison of hydroponic and soil systems using environmental measures.
Soil management to protect environment
Macro and micro-nutrient cycle management, microbes role in nutrient capture, soil as a habitat to recycle industrial waste, EPA guidelines, excesses of water, Biosolids, Waste Framework Directive, waste disposal on land, permits and licenses, Bioremediation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Current Approaches to Sustainable soil Management 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 13
Short Answer Questions Advanced characteristics of soils 1,2 30.0 Week 7
Multiple Choice Questions Soil and Soil Less systems of crop production and environment 2,3,4 30.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Industry visit or laboratory soil analysis 4.0 Every Month 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Critique of current sustainable soil system research 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 10.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Learning No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Industry Visit 4.0 Every Month 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 10.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Stanislav Kopriva and Luit J. De Kok 2014, Nutrient Use Efficiency in Plants: Concepts and Approaches (Plant Ecophysiology), Springer [ISBN: 3319106341]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Nyle C. Brady and Raymond Weil 2016, The Nature and Properties of Soils, 15th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 01332544]
  • Ram Chandra 2015, Advances in Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Industrial Waste, CRC Press [ISBN: 1498700542]
  • Zakaria Solaima, Lynette K. Abbott and Ajit Varma 2015, Mycorrhizal Fungi: Use in Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration, Springer [ISBN: 9783662453698]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • European Journal of Soil Science [ISSN: 1365-2389]
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 2 Mandatory
CR_BHORT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture 2 Mandatory

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