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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe the key soil chemical, physical and biological factors and their interactions, that determine the value of soils for plant growth
- conduct soil sampling strategies, analysis and interpretations of soil data to determine soil properties which degrade soil and constrain plant growth
- apply knowledge of soils to develop appropriate management strategies to optimise soil health
- effectively communicate scientific knowledge orally and in writing.
- Introduction, Revise soil terminology
- Soil classification, formation, natural resource maps
- Interpreting soils data (agriculture, minesite, natural systems)
- Soil issues in agriculture
- Soil issues in mining systems
- Soil issues in rangelands and soil legislation
- Soil biological systems
- Soil science in the spotlight
- Soil information systems and digital soil mapping
- Soil nutrients and cycling
- Fertilisers and nutrient management
- Unit revision
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Audio-Video streaming
- Online Assessment
- Resources and Links
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject will evaluate the key aspects of soil biology, chemistry and physics that influence productive soil systems. Natural and induced processes that modify soil conditions in agricultural, horticultural and mine site environments will be explored. Methodologies used to improve soil conditions to restore or sustainably manage soils will be evaluated. Techniques to sample, analyse and interpret soil conditions will be investigated.
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- Presentation (15%)
- Practical Report (25%)
- Field Trip Report (20%)
- Invigilated Examination (40%)