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ENRT-155 - Soil Science - 5.00 Credits

ENRT-155 - Soil Science - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of soil productivity and the effect management practices have on soil as it pertains to water, grassland, wildlife and timber management. Topics covered are landform and soil formation, physical and chemical properties of soil, description of profiles, Canadian System of Soil Classification, bedrock classification and basic principles of hydrology.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Environmental Resource Technician Certificate - Year 1 Fall
  • Prerequisites : Program admission/instructor permission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's degree in a related field. Bachelor's degree in a related field with experience will be considered.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • interpret soil and terrain maps;

  • identify agents of soil formation including soil biology;

  • identify and classify land forms using aerial photographs and field reconnaissance;

  • acquire and interpret remote sensing imagery;

  • classify chemical and physical properties of soil including pH;

  • classify soils by texture and using the Munsell system of colour notation, soil classification systems and symbols;

  • identify soil nutrient/moisture regimes;

  • classify soil horizons including the assessment of rooting depth in soil;

  • conduct soil surveys and tests to evaluate soil properties such as chemistry and structure;

  • identify parent materials and processes of soil and land form development and formation; and

  • identify and classify bedrock types.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Branch. Canadian System of Soil Classification. Current edition. Ottawa, ON. NRC Research Press.
  • Watson, Kent. Soils Illustrated. Current edition. Kamloops, BC. IRSS Ltd.
  • Watson, Kent, Landforms Illustrated. Current edition. Kamloops, BC. IRSS Ltd.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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