COURSE CODE: SOS 314
COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO PEDOLOGY AND SOIL PHYSICS
NUMBER OF UNITS: 3 Units
COURSE DURATION: Two hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. J. K. Adesodun BSc., MSc., PhD
Office Location: Room 233, COLPLANT
Factors and processes of soil formation; rock weathering and common minerals in soil; soil morphological characteristics and profile description; characterization of soils using diagnostic properties; soil survey, mapping and classification.
Soil texture and surface area of particles; volume-mass relationships in soil; bulk density; porosity; soil water; hydrological cycle; water balance; water content and water retention; field capacity and permanent wilting point; water flow in soils; energy balance; soil erosion and its control; conservation tillage.
Practical: Field: Soil profile description; morphology; texture by feel; colour; horizon designation; sampling soil profile for water content and bulk density determination; comparing soil texture by feel wit texture by particle size distribution, soil temperature measurement in the field.