Fall 2017 - GEOG 317 D100

Soil Science (4)

Class Number: 4156

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Margaret Schmidt
    schmidtc@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-3323
    Office: RCB 7133
  • Prerequisites:

    One of GEOG 213, 214, 215, or CHEM 121.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the study of soils: physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; soil formation, description, classification, survey and use. Field and laboratory techniques of soil analysis. Students with credit for GEOG 318 may not take this course for further credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course provides the students with a fundamental knowledge of soil science.  The main learning objectives are to: (1) characterize the basic physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; (2) to become familiar with soil formation, classification (based on the Canadian System of Soil Classification), survey and mapping; and (3) become familiar with environmental issues related to soil science.

Course organization:
One two-hour lecture and one two-hour laboratory session each week. 

Note:
There will be no labs held in the first week of classes.
The final examination will be scheduled in the formally-scheduled university examination period. 

Grading

  • Laboratory exercises and quiz 40%
  • Midterm examination 25%
  • Final examination 35%

Materials

RECOMMENDED READING:

R.R. Weil and Brady, N.C. 2016.  The Nature and Properties of Soils. Fifteenth edition, Pearson.  Note: previous editions of this text are also acceptable.  CourseSmart extextbooks are available at www.coursesmart.com.

Registrar Notes:

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