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The

FA C U L T Y Faculty

BOOKLET 2004 – 2005 of Science & Agriculture

AGSL 1000 (AS16B) SOILS AND THE ENVIRONMENT (4 credits)

AGSL 2001 (AS21D) SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT (3 credits)

Syllabus: Soil texture, structure, aeration, water relations, evapotrans- piration, climatic factors and their measurements; impact of local climate and climate near the ground on agriculture; agri- culture and the environment. Chemical nature and properties of clays, soil organic matter, ion exchange and soil reaction; agricultural importance of soil components; soil chemical con- straints and availability of N, P, K, Ca, Mg and minor elements;

amelioration of chemical behaviour of soils. Assessment: Coursework: Examination:

25% 75%

AGSL 2000 (AS22B) SOIL FERTILITY AND FERTILIZER TECHNOLOGY (3 credits)

Prerequisite: AS16B Syllabus: Principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition; Essential elements for plant growth; Nutrient cycles and nutrient dynamics in soils

  • macro and trace elements; Soil pH management; Essentials

of fertilizers – manufactured and natural; Soil fertility evalua- tion; Fundamentals of nutrient and fertilizer management; Iso- topic techniques in fertilizer optimisation; Environmental con-

cerns with fertilizer use. Assessment: Coursework: Examination:

40% 60%

Prerequisite: AS16B Syllabus: Methods of land clearing and their effects on soil structure; soil tillage and the management of soil structure for plant growth; management of soil structure to improve water intake, transmission and storage; water management for salinity con- trol; soil erosion and the management of hillsides; manage- ment of dry and wet lands; management of forest soils; man- agement of specific problem soils: soil management and its effects on microbes, microbial activity and soil fertility; soil fer-

tility management; case studies. Assessment: Coursework: Examination:

25% 75%

AGSL 3000 (AS30B) WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION(3 credits)

Prerequisite: AS16B Syllabus: Sources of water and their use by man; elementary hydrology; water storage methods; constructing small storage facilities; controlling water runoff; harnessing and conveying water; wa- ter losses during water storage and use; methods of reducing water losses; consumptive use of water by crops; estimating and measuring crop water requirements for optimum crop growth; irrigation scheduling; protecting the water resources against pollution and salinisation; legal aspects of water man-

agement and use. Assessment: Coursework: Examination:

25% 75%

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