Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management
Additional course evaluations for MV0215
Academic year 2020/2021Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management (MV0215-10269) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Academic year 2019/2020Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management (MV0215-10206) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31
Academic year 2018/2019Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management (MV0215-10120) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05
MV0215 Soils of the world and sustainable water and soil management, 15.0 CreditsVärldens jordmåner och hållbar vatten- och markanvändning
SubjectsSoil science Technology
Education cycleMaster’s level
|Soils of the world||5.00||1002|
|Water and soil management||4.00||1003|
|Project and exercises||6.00||1004|
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to:
• 150 ECTS first-cycle courses, including
• 60 ECTS in a scientific subject such as Biology, Agricultural Science, Soil Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science or Technology,
• 10 ECTS Chemistry,
• 10 ECTS Biology,
• 20 ECTS Soil Science or Earth Sciences
• a level of English equivalent to upper-seconday-school English (Engelska 6).
ObjectivesThe objective is to provide the student with knowledge of the global soil resources and of methods to address soil degradation and agricultural production through soil and water management strategies. Further the course will provide deeper expertise on approaches and aids that are used for characterisation of soils, and to suggest appropriate soil and water use in the agro-ecological landscapes in national and international contexts.
On completion of the course students will be able to:
• describe the variation of soil properties in the world and how different processes, environmental conditions and human activities influence these properties,
• describe soils in the field, classify them and evaluate their properties,
• understand principal processes of soil and water degradation, and how soil and water management technologies contribute to soil health (in different agro-ecological landscapes),
• propose measures that build soil health through soil and water management practices in selected problem situations,
• critically evaluate feasibility of proposed solutions around soil and water management for sustainable land use in selected problem situations.
ContentThe course is based on a combination of lectures, exercises and field excursions. Skills will be further developed through project work around selected problem situations.
The course covers the following topics:
• how natural and anthropogenic factors and processes alter soils,,
• soil formation processes, properties and use of soils in different climatic and other site conditions,
• classification of soils, including soil profile description,
• land evaluation according to international reference systems and interpretation of soil and land evaluation maps,
• water and soil management technologies and sustainable land management that can build soil health and promote agricultural production: basic principles, methods and design on drainage and diversion solutions (such as ditches and pipes), soil erosion control, water harvesting and storage, irrigation technologies, water use efficiency, methods to avoid salinization,
• project on water management and soil conservation in case study areas.
Formats and requirements for examinationThe following is required for a pass mark on the course:
• passed written or oral examination,
• approved reporting of exercises and assignments including project work,
• active participation in compulsory components; the latter comprise field excursions, selected exercises and group project activities.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.