Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Geography of the Rural Environment: Pedology

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit will deal with the study of soils. A number of aspects will be tackled, these include: the formation, development and use of soil; the geography of soil horizons, classification and spread; the global distribution of soils, soil catenas, Mediterranean soil types and Maltese locals soils.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- define a soil and examine how soils have been recognised as important constituents of biotic life over the last century of studies.
- establish the basis of a good soil.
- provide a basis for the management of soils.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe a soil within its areal and horizontal properties.
- define the functions of soils.
- recognize the importance of good practices in soil management.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- recognize different soil types.
- discuss the various management practices applied to soils.
- appraise the impact of compaction on the utilisation of soils.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Ashman, M.R. and Puri, G. 2002. Essential Soil Science, Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Eash, N., Green, C.J., Ravzi, A., Bennett, W.F. and Bratz, M.C. 2008. Soil Science Simplified, 5th edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
Schaetzl, R.J. and Anderson, S. 2005. Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
White, R.E. 2005. Principles and Practice of Soil Science: The Soil as a Natural Resource, 4th edition, Blackwell, Oxford.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination Yes 50%
Fieldwork No 50%

LECTURER/S John A. Schembri

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