Agricultural Soil Science I

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Agricultural Soil Science I

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The purpose of this module is to establish a theoretical basis for learners on:
    Soil Chemistry;
    Soil Physics;
    Soil Biology;
    Soil formation and classification;
    Soil fertility.

    Understand soil as a suitable growth medium.
    Understand the importance of clay minerals and other soil constituents.
    Illustrate an understanding between cation exchange capability and soil fertility.
    Comprehend the importance of Soil reaction in relation to soil fertility.
    Understand the principles of soil reaction.
    Understand and manage brackish soils and water.
    Illustrate an understanding of the living organisms in the soil and it role in soil fertility.
    Explain the influence of C/N ratio and the basic decomposition process on soil fertility.
    Understand the influence of soil physical factors on soil fertility.

    Principles and the integration of chemical, physical and biological processes in the soil.
    Insight into the different soil processes.
    Applied and integrate the role of the different characteristics with the soil potential.


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