Applied Soil Physics

    EXERM 4281 is offered this winter:

This course will intro­duce stu­dents to the basic con­cepts of applied soil physics, with an empha­sis on the quan­ti­ta­tive aspects. Basic phys­i­cal aspects of both the sol­id and liq­uid phas­es of soils as well as how water is held by soils and how it moves through soils, will be cov­ered. The course will exam­ine the link between the soil water régime and process­es with­in the hydro­log­ic cycle, with empha­sis on infil­tra­tion and the soil phys­i­cal prop­er­ties affect­ing this key hydro­log­ic process. Soil man­age­ment chal­lenges that involve soil physics and how to manip­u­late soils to enhance their phys­i­cal prop­er­ties will also be examined.

Course at a glance
  • This class has online synchronous lectures.
  • Lecture-based course with group work, case study review, and calculation demonstrations.
  • A variety of assignments allows students to work with SI units, soil physical properties, soil physical parameters, functional inter-relationships, calculations of soil water potentials, soil water movement, and water balances.
  • Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
  • Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
  • May be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn

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

  • Understand soil physical parameters.
  • Identify how soils hold water and how water moves in soils.
  • Complete calculations for soil physical properties and water balances.
  • Understand how soil physical properties can be manipulated for soil enhancement or for dealing with soil management challenges.

Offered:

Take note:
  • Required textbook: Hillel, Daniel (1998) Environmental Soil Physics, Academic Press, ISBN 0123485258 (hardcover) or ISBN 9780080544151 (eBook).
  • Additional learning resources are available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Online access to course resources; students also must have access to a calculator, lined or non-lined paper to complete assignments.
  • Access to a Microsoft Windows-based computer may be required.
  • Assessment includes a final exam to be completed after the last class.
Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Mar 20Mar 24
Mondays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Thursdays

Fridays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Saturdays

Sundays

Mar 27Mar 29
Mondays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Apr 5 — post-class component closes

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

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Len Kryzanowski

Your Instructor

Len KryzanowskiID: len-kryzanowski

Textbook

Required

Daniel Hillel

Environmental Soil Physics

1st edition

ISBN 0123485258

Class info
Take note:

  • Required textbook: Hillel, Daniel (1998) Environmental Soil Physics, Academic Press, ISBN 0123485258 (hardcover) or ISBN 9780080544151 (eBook).
  • Additional learning resources are available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Online access to course resources; students also must have access to a calculator, lined or non-lined paper to complete assignments.
  • Access to a Microsoft Windows-based computer may be required.
  • Assessment includes a final exam to be completed after the last class.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*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.

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EXERM 4281 is offered this winter: