Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject, is designed an introduction to land and soil management, particularly in agriculture and the environment. Topics covered include, soil formation, soil classification, soil structure and soil nutrients are covered. The physical, chemical and biological processes in soils and landscapes are investigated. Important issues such as salinity, sodicity will also be discussed.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE1BAS or CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN


Incompatible subjects AGR2SS, AGR2ILM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsElements of the nature and properties of soilsRecommendedBrady, NC., and Weil, R.R3RD EDN, PRENTICE HALL INTERNATIONAL, LONDON 2002.
ReadingsSoils: Their properties and managementPreliminaryCharman PEV and Murphy BW3RD EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2007

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Online content"

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Including field excursions"


Assessment elementComments%
Presentation and projectA project will require an oral and written assessment of an exercise in land capability, incorporating knowledge of soil, formation, soil physical and chemical properties learned during the semester.10
Scientific reports (approx 500-1000 words each) based on laboratory work30
Tests/exams throughout the semester equivalent to 3-hours60