Principles of Soil Management
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- 21 Feb 2022
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Upon completing this subject, the student should be able to:
- Describe soil characteristics that underpin and inform management strategies
- Evaluate and interpret the impact of production activities on soil characteristics
- Develop and compose strategies that maintain and improve soil form and function in different ecological landscapes
- Reflect on and communicate uptake and adoption of sustainable soil management strategies in practice
- Overview of soil management
- Soil amendments
- Soil water
- Soil biology
- Soil degradation
- Soil management
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In this subject you will discover how soil characteristics including plant nutrient availability, pH, electrical conductivity and physical and biological properties underpin and inform the development and implementation of soil management strategies. You will also investigate how soil health, plant productivity and ecosystem services can be influenced by production activities including land use, irrigation, cultivation and applications of soil amendments such as organics, fertiliser, lime and gypsum.
Through your engagement with online content, workshops, case studies and guest speakers, you will also explore how effective and sustainable soil management strategies can maintain and improve soil form and function in different ecological landscapes.
In conjunction with the discipline theory, this subject builds on concepts of learning through practice in Year 1 of study by introducing you to more complex learning experiences including:
- discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations. This will include authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences
- concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others
- the development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice
- the nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice.
You will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual.
- Case study presentation (20%)
- Soil characterisation (30%)
- Case study report (50%)
Current study term: 20 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
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