Soil Science - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessment (25%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,017.00
International 3,267.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

This unit was previously known as SOIL220 Soil Science.

Soil is the living skin of the planet and the single most diverse and fascinating ecosystem imaginable. This unit introduces soil; the way it functions in a landscape, the myriad interactions with the water, carbon and nutrients that sustain life, and the damage human activity can do to its health and productivity. Students will get their hands 'dirty' and learn how to assess and examine soil.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate specialised and integrated knowledge of soil function in urban and rural landscapes and make recommendations for land management;
  2. describe, analyse and calculate the fundamental soil physical properties and explain how these relate to soil behaviour and management;
  3. explain and interpret the core concepts of soil chemistry, biology and nutrient cycling in terms of soil processes; and
  4. demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to utilise a range of practical field and laboratory techniques to assess soil properties.
  • Assessment (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SOIL220 — Soil Science
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  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Soils and the landscape
2Soil physics
3Soil biology and chemistry

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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