28318 - Soil Geography
419 - Degree in Geography and Land Management
5.1. Methodological overview
The learning and teaching methodology developed in the course is based on the following:
The course on Soil Geography is considered of basic training and is aimed to identify, interpret and analyse the soil system as a major element of the physical environment. To this aim, to provide students with a fundamental theoretical framework is key, and participatory lecture sessions are the most suitable vehicle of transmission.
Moreover, as appropriate for environmental-related knowledge, special attention is paid to field work, and specific practical work is performed in the laboratory. Field work is aimed at describing and sampling soils and relating them with other elements of the landscape. Laboratory activities focus on analytical features with special interest in land evaluation and the assessment of soil degradation.
In addition, an individual activity of synthesis of information is proposed to the student, who, on the basis of the information collected during the practical activities, must create a preliminary map or sketch of the distribution of the main soil types in a certain study area. To do this, the student will rely on the relationship between the distribution of soils and of other elements of the physical environment (e.g., vegetation, relief), which are addressed at the same time during the same semester and academic year within the course on “Physical Geography Applied on Land Planning I: the Relief and the Living Beings”. Through this activity, the student will test this/her capacity of processing and interpreting information concerning different elements of the physical environment, and his/her mastery of the basics concepts and terms in Soil Science by applying the subject matter to a real-life context.
5.4. Course planning and calendar
The course is divided into 4 thematic blocks. The first block (Lessons 1-2) serves as an introduction to the subject and runs during the first 2 weeks of the term. The second thematic block includes the topics of soil components and properties (Lessons 3-6) and runs during the following 4 weeks. The third block covers the lessons on soil genesis and diversity (Lessons 7-10); it develops during the following 10 weeks. The final block (Lessons 11-13) includes the topics on soil evaluation and conservation, and runs during the final 2 weeks of the course. Interactive activities of soil classification and evaluation will develop simultaneously to the lecture sessions during the final 5 weeks of the semester.
For details concerning the timetable and classroom please refer to the “Facultad de Filosofía y Letras” web site (https://fyl.unizar.es/horario-de-clases#overlay-context=horario-de-clases). For details concerning the examination schedule, please refer to the “Facultad de Filosofía y Letras” web site (https://fyl.unizar.es/calendario-de-examenes). Individual works will be delivered at the same date, time and place of the final test.