Module Title:Soil science 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Formal lectures will be complemented by practical field sessions that allows for a balance of theory and hands on learning activities. Classroom activities will focus on aspects of soil nutrient content and the interactions between these nutrients and the plant. Visiting lecturers will be used where appropriate to enhance the learning experience of the students and expose them to new concepts in soil management. Learners will brought to selected tillage and grassland farms in the South East to assess soil structure and nutrient content.
Module Aim: This module aims to develop the students understanding of the importance of soil in agricultural systems. Students will learn how assess the physical and chemical properties of the soil including; structure, porosity, pH and nutrient content.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Recognise and apply soil fertility concepts and land use to ensure that land is managed in a sustainable manner
LO2 Conduct infield soil tests and use this data to form a crop nutrient plan
LO3 Critically assess the suitability of soils to grow a variety of crops
LO4 Be capable of conducting in field assessments of soil structure
LO5 Have a basic understanding of the influence of underlying geology on soil function
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Soil nutrient management
The interaction between soil nutrients and availability for the crop
Soil pH
The effect of pH on the chemical properties of soil and crop growth
Physical properties of soil
Assessment of soil porosity, water holding capacity and free drainage
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
Project20.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete a nutrient management plan for a crop based on soil nutrient analysis 2,3 10.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will assess soil physical properties in a variety of cropping systems and areas in the field 3,4 20.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will submit reports upon completion of each practical session 2,3,4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam An end of year exam will take place covering aspects of animal production delivered during the term 1,2,5 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Practicals Every Week 0.75
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 3.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory
CW_SWSFM_D Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory