Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.
About the course
This field-study based course focuses on field diagnostics of soil properties and processes; soil descriptions, classification, and mapping; soil survey procedures; description of soil pits and landscapes; and hands-on field experience with application to industry standards. Mandatory fieldwork is required to collect samples and data for further review in class. Prior knowledge of soil formation and classification is expected.
Course at a glance
- Lecture-assisted, experiential learning facilitated through extensive fieldwork and group activities.
- Face-to-face delivery with instructional support through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
- 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.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), 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:
- Describe and classify landscapes, including landform, slope, drainage class, and surficial geology.
- Identify hazards associated with ground disturbance and describe mitigations according to the industry standards, including Alberta One-Call procedures.
- Select locations for soil inspection sites and prepare soil pits.
- Describe soil profiles, including all parameters required by the Canadian System of Soil Classification.
- Classify soils to the Soil Series level according to the Canadian System of Soil Classification.
- Classify anthroposolic soils and anthropogenic parent materials.
- Understand and apply soil survey procedures, including imagery interpretation, creating map legend, and detailed soil mapping.
- Assessment includes an online final exam and activities to be completed outside of class times.
- 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.
- Print presentation handouts in advance or bring a tablet to access presentations in the field.
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.