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LAND 230 - Soil Classification
Course Details

Course Code:

LAND 230

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to classify soils through practical scenarios and hands-on experience using the Canadian System of Soil Classification Manual. The student will also review the processes involved in soil formation as well as learn to use soil survey information as an interpretive tool. The student will also learn to use the Canadian Land Inventory system and apply techniques of soil characterization such as soil colour, texture, structure, and electrical conductivity in a term project.

Date First Offered:
2007-09-00

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 2.5
Field Experience Hours: 0.5

Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
LAND 120

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
Describe Basic Soil Profile Characteristics
• identify the nine soil orders
• describe the master mineral horizons
• describe mineral horizon suffixes
• describe major organic horizons
• describe organic horizon suffixes
• describe basic physical and chemical soil properties
• describe key processes in soil genesis

Describe the Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC)
• describe history of the development of the CSSC
• identify key groups involved in the development of the CSSC
• describe the hierarchy of the CSSC
• relate practical examples to the hierarchy

Demonstrate Use of the CSSC Manual
• describe the organization of the manual
• describe the format for key chapters
• demonstrate the use of the map to solve example practical scenarios

Classify Soils Using Practical Scenarios
• demonstrate the classification of soils using in-class scenarios
• demonstrate the classification of soils under controlled field conditions
• demonstrate the ability to conduct a field classification of soils

Interpret Soil Survey Reports
• demonstrate the ability to identify components of the soils map
• demonstrate the ability to interpret soils maps
• demonstrate the ability to identify components of the soil survey report
• demonstrate the ability to interpret soil survey report

Apply the Canadian Land Inventory system
• describe the CLI system
• demonstrate the proper use of CLI nomenclature

Learning Outcomes:
1. describe the basic soil profile characteristics
2. describe the Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC)
3. demonstrate use of the C.S.S.C. Manual
4. demonstrate the classification of soils using practical scenarios
5. demonstrate the interpretation of soil survey reports
6. apply the Canadian Land Inventory System

Skills:
classify soil to subgroup level

Grading System:
Letters

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 20 %
Project: 35 %

Number of Assignments:
3

Writing Assignments:
term project involves writing a technical report on collection of soil sample data

Percentage of Individual Work:
65

Percentage of Group Work:
35

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Text Books:
Required - Soil Classification Working Group, The Canadian System of Soil Classification Manual, National Research Council ISBN #0-660-17404-9 (Ottawa, Canada). Chapters Covered: All
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