Land and Water Resources
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- identify the key characteristics of soils and sediments and be able to identify features that signal degradation
- understand the key components of aquatic systems and the interactions between these components
- evaluate the symptoms and implications of unsustainable use of natural resources and be able to recommend improved resource management strategies.
- Introduction, Climate & weather
- The nature of soils
- Aquatic environments - catchments, wetlands, and rivers
- Assessing water quality
- Aquatic environments - Oceans and coasts
- Water pollution
- Marine sediments
- Soil conservation & sustainable agriculture
- Land & air pollution Minerals, mining and sustainability
- Sustainability and the challenge of managing land and water resources.
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Embedded Multimedia
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Streaming Multimedia
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Audio-Video streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
- Online Assessment
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject has four main aims: introduce the soil - the “living skin” of the planet that supports all plant and animal life; understands the physical and chemical components of aquatic systems; understand the interactions between climate, soil and aquatic systems; and consider the challenges of managing these resources sustainably for both natural and productive ecosystems. These themes will be developed through lectures, interactive discussions, preparation of information sheets and a field report, hands on laboratory sessions.
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- Practical Report (20%)
- Information Sheet (20%)
- Practical Exam (20%)
- Final Invigilated Exam (40%)