Soil Classification and Mapping

  • In-per­son & online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Intro­duc­tion to clas­si­fi­ca­tion and map­ping of soils with empha­sis on soil-form­ing process­es; prin­ci­ples of the Cana­di­an sys­tem of soil clas­si­fi­ca­tion; soil pro­files, diag­nos­tic fea­tures, soil-form­ing fac­tors and process­es; kinds and dis­tri­b­u­tion of soils in Cana­da; soil sur­vey pro­ce­dures, and uti­liza­tion of exist­ing spa­tial infor­ma­tion to sup­port soil map­ping at a detailed scale. This course includes a manda­to­ry field trip to col­lect data for map­ping exer­cis­es. Pri­or knowl­edge of soil sci­ence is recommended.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify common landforms and parent materials associated with soils in Alberta.
  • Describe soil profiles, including hand texturing and classification of soil structure.
  • Recognize soils of 10 soil orders using the Canadian System of Soil Classification.
  • Relate soil forming factors, soil forming processes and functions, and their roles in the genesis of these soils.
  • Describe soil drainage classes and soil moisture regimes.
  • Understand soil survey procedures through: interpretation of various types of imagery; pre-field soil mapping; soil survey exercise in the field; and finalizing soil map and the legend.
Take note:

  • Pre-course materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date. Prior to the first day of class, students must review a series of videos and complete a pre-course assignment provided on eClass; advanced registration is advised.
  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of soil science is recommended for student success.
  • This course includes in-class, computer-based activities. Our learning spaces are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enabled, with wi-fi available to students and numerous USB/electrical outlets distributed throughout common areas outside the classrooms.
  • Course assessment includes post-course work, as well as assignments outside of class times; in-class final exam will also be included.
  • Mandatory fieldwork: students are required to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment. Long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential; rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer). Students are responsible for their transportation to the fieldwork sites; carpooling options may be available.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Offered:

Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
May 10May 12
Monday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

May 13
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

May 14
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday

Sunday

May 28 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Online learn­ing, eClass

39 hours of instruction

Learning combines in-person and online activities. Students meet face-to-face on pre-scheduled in-person classes, but also engage in online learning through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.for­mat details

Be sure to refer to your course schedule to learn more about when the class meets in person and when you’ll be completing work online.

Classes take place at DIST EDUC.

Konstantin Dlusskiy

Your Instructor

Konstantin DlusskiyID: konstantin-dlusskiy

Class info
  • This class is a com­bi­na­tion of online syn­chro­nous learn­ing and in-per­son field work. There will be a post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed after the last online meet­ing. The manda­to­ry Field Trip com­po­nent will take place on May 13. For the real-time online ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. More infor­ma­tion will be sent to your ual​ber​ta​.ca email before the first day of class. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence at the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, vis­it www​.exten​sion​.ual​ber​ta​.ca/​e​l​e​a​rning.
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until May 10, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites


A note about courses during COVID-19: all online

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