Agricultural and Environmental Engineers require a practical understanding of the processes governing soil and water behaviour in the environment. This course provides students with a practical introduction to the factors influencing soil formation and the techniques associated with the field description and classification of soils. Laboratory classes will be conducted to enable students to identify major factors influencing soil chemical and physical properties. Field measurement of important soil/water parameters and processes such as soil moisture content, infiltration, hydraulic conductivity and aquifer transmissivity will be undertaken. The course will also build on the hydraulics undertaken in the earlier soil and water practice course particularly in the areas of varied and unsteady flows.
This course contains a mandatory residential school.