COURSE DESCRIPTION

Study of soil derivation, classification, & characteristics as related to natural & human systems.  Soil as a natural system including chemistry, ecology, & geology.  Soil use & management including erosion, moisture retention, structure, cultivation, & organic matter.  Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between natural & agronomic soil systems.  Laboratory topics include soil type, classification, soil chemistry, water & nutrient management & soil microbiology.

Section #'s:  #8172 and #8176

Units:  3

Location:#8172 MACE 160 & MACE 170 
             #8176 MACE 160 & MACE 170 


Section #8176:      
Meeting Time:       M-Lec.  8:00 - 10:05 MACE 170
                           W-Lab.  8:00 - 11:05 MACE 160

Section #8172:           

Meeting Time:      M-Lec  11:40 - 1:45  MACE 170
                          W-Lab 11:40 - 2:45  MACE 160
                                                           

Lab Final:     Sec. #8176,  Wed., April 22, 2020  
                                                8:00 - 11:05     

                   Sec. #8172,   Wed., April 22, 2020
                                                 11:40 - 2:45

Final Exam: Sec. #8176,    Mon., April 27, 2020
                                                 7:00 - 9:50

                 Sec. #8172,    Wed., April 29, 2020
                                               10:00 - 12:50

Office Hours: To be held in the ACE building on West Campus.
  
                   M     10:30 - 11:30 & 1:45 - 2:45
                   W      7:00 - 8:00 & 3:00 - 4:00
                   TH     1:30 - 2:30
                    
Use voice mail at 575-6209

Telephone: 575-6209 Office
                 575-6200 Division Office
  
Email: moralesmi@mjc.edu

Important Dates:  Last day to drop without a
                           "W" or get a Refund;
                           January 26, 2020

                           Last day to apply for AS/AA, or Cert.
                          (to get your name in the program)

                           Last day to drop;
                           April 4, 2019 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will be able to:
1.  Analyze local soil quality as affected by human
     & natural activities.
2.  Explain local geographical features & their
     relationship to local soils.
3.  Evaluate parent rocks & other soil forming
     processes influence on local & global soils.
4.  Demonstrate the determination of the following
     soil physical properties: textures (two
     methods), use of texture triangle, bulk density,
     particle density, pore space, organic content,
     color , pH, structure, conductivity, & reactivity.
5.  Demonstration an understanding of the
     classification of local & global soil orders (i.e.,
     soil taxonomy).
6.  Analyze water & nutrient management in soils.
7.  Apply soil nutrient cycles to soil, plant & soil
     organism relationships.
8.  Demonstrate how to read a soil map, explain
     the importance of soil mapping & how to locate
     a specific site using both township/range & GIS
    (Geographic Information System).
9.  Evaluate a soil’s water holding capacity, plant
     available water, properties & movement of
     water in soil.
10. Assess & evaluate the anion & cation exchange
     capacity for a given soil.
11. Interpret a soil nutrient analysis including
     percent base saturation.

 

Statement of student Audience:

Students enrolled in this class are not required to have prior experience or knowledge in Environmental Conservation.  It is an introductory course intended for three groups: students in degree programs, students seeking additional career advancement and students with personal interest in the world's environment.

Instructional Facilities
MJC Soils Lab:  East Campus & West Campus

MJC Agriculture Farm Lab: West Campus &
                                     Beckwith Ranch

Library: Mon.-Thurs 8 am.-9 pm.
           Friday 8 am.-5 pm.
           Saturday 9 am.-5 pm.

Computer labs: Agriculture and Library

 

Required Textbook 
The Nature & Properties of Soils
Fourteenth Edition
Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Well
Prentice Hall, 
ISBN 0-13-227938-3

Buckle up and get ready for a fun ride to the finish of the semester.  I have put the quizzes and test on canvas for you.  As for our labs, we have to go online with those as well as much as possible.  Just keep checking the web site for updates.  Let your class mates know what is going on if you could.

Thanks,

Mr. Morales

 

Reading Assignments
Please read assignments prior to class .


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Soil Orders
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20

Student Learning Outcome
After the student is given instruction on the following soil physical properties, they will in a laboratory setting be able to determine and analyze how one would be use the findings of the following to manage the soils they live on or work on: textures (two methods), use of texture triangle, bulk density, particle density, pore space, organic content, color, pH, structure, conductivity, and  reactivity.


Grading

Student grades for the level of success demonstrated during the following activities will determine the lecture and lab portion of this class:

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, and Laboratory

Notebook        90%
Participation    10%

All assignments must be turned in typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman.  Quizzes will not be made up under any conditions.  There will be no late papers accepted.  No make-up exams will be given. No make-up exams will be given unless prior approved. Students must follow all instructions in regards to assignments to be eligible for grading and earning maximum points for said assignments. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only any time throughout the semester.  Student must be present to be eligible for assignments handed out in class. Students must print out and read all laboratory materials prior to attending that week's laboratory. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only throughout the semester. Grades will be scaled by this percentage


A = 100% - 90%
B =  89% - 80%
C =  79% - 70%
D =  69% - 60%
F =   59% - 0%


Classroom disturbances.  Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom or laboratory.  If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture or lab.  

In addition you will not be allowed to use any electronic devices, laptops, ipads, ect... in the classroom or laboratory.

Students must come prepared for lecture & lab or you will be asked to leave. (Proper lab apparel, safety glasses, and lab worksheets.)

Class and lab resources:

***You must print out all lab worksheets and bring them with you to the lab.  Failure to do so will result in you not being allowed to participate in the lab. activity portion of the lab.  Also, you may not be allowed to make up the missed lab. on your own time, depending on the lab.  All materials must be printed out every Monday night***

When you are making up a lab.,  please check this web site to see if the lab. is available.         

https://ems.mjc.edu/emswebapp/BrowseForSpace.aspx#

Lab notebook instructions

Instructions to download the worksheets if you have a PC

1. Go to the soils web site
2. Click on hyperlink for the given lab
3. Download file to desktop
4. Right click on file that is save to desktop a click on:
       “Open with”
5. Then click on:
       “Adobe Acrobat Reader”  (The Free Version)
6. Then start typing in data
7.  DO NOT CONVERT THE WORKSHEET TO MICROSOFT WORD. LEAVE IT AS A PDF

Here's the link. 

You have to read but, the one on the left is the FREE one.

https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/pdf-reader.html

Instructions to download the worksheets if you have a MAC

***  Mac OS (Safari)

1. Print these instructions. ...
2. Go to the Adobe Reader Downloads page.
3. On the Downloads page, click Download Now. ...
4. If a dialog box appears telling you to quit Reader, close Reader, and then click OK.
5. When the Install Adobe Reader X dialog box appears, click Continue.
6. DO NOT CONVERT TO MICROSOFT WORD. LEAVE IT AS A PDF 

Here’s the links.

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/install-reader-x-mac-os-rvm.html

https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-pdf-reader

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Lab field sheet for Eastern Stanislaus County

Lab field sheet for Western Stanislaus County

Lab field sheet for San Joaquin County

Lab field sheet for Merced County

MAKE SURE TO READ LAB PRINTOUTS ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE LAB DATE

MAKE SURE TO DOWN LOAD AND SAVE LAB PDF'S TO YOUR COMPUTER OR STORAGE DEVICE FIRST.  THEN PROCEED TO OPEN THE FILE AND START FILLING IN THE WORKSHEET. 


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PRINT OUT ALL THE LINKED FILES FOR EACH LAB


Lab #1      Soil Prep for Lab #1

Lab #2      Lab #2  Lab #2 PDF (I will link after the
                                                11:40 lab is done)                              
                                           
Lab #3      Lab #3a  (Make sure to look at the
                              tabs at the bottom of the
                              page labeled sheet 1 & 
                               sheet 2. Print both sheets of
                              Lab #3a.)

Lab #4     Lab #4 Part II      Lab #4 PDF (I will link
                                          this file after the 11:40
                                          lab is done)

Lab #5     Lab #5 PDF         Bulk Density

Lab #6     Lab #6 PDF

Lab #8

Lab #10 UC Davis Soil Web Power Point   NRCS Soil Web Power Point

Lab #11 Webinar

Lab #12 Western Stanislaus county soil sites (It is posted on canvas)

 

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Soil Survey books:  DO NOT PRINT THE NEXT THREE LINKS

Eastern Stanislaus County

For those that forgot how to open the 
Eastern Book using Internet Explorer,
here is a quick power point.

Western Stanislaus County

San Joaquin County

Soil Kit Arrangement

Soil Triangle

Soil Texture Flow Chart

Parent material web sites

GPS

MJC Degree or Certificate     
For Extra Credit
DUE 2-3-20 to Mr. Morales

MJC Degree Application

MJC Certificate Application