INTRODUCTION TO LAND AND SOIL MANAGEMENT

AGR2ILS

2021

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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesCHE1CHF OR CHE1GEN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Elements of the nature and properties of soils

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBrady, NC., and Weil, R.R

Year2002

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherPRENTICE HALL INTERNATIONAL, LONDON

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Source locationN/A

Soils: Their properties and management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrereading

AuthorCharman PEV and Murphy BW

Year2007

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

ISBNN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the relationship between soil properties and the control of plant growth and performance.
02. Critique the significance and relevance of soil properties in agriculture and the environment
03. Explain the development and variation of physical properties of soil across the landscape, and their relevance to plant growth and land use
04. Apply knowledge of soil properties to classify soils in the landscape
05. Compute basic mathematical calculations and prepare graphic presentations of soils data consistent with scientific standards
06. Analyse the movement and storage of water in soil, and explain its the relevance to plant growth and agricultural production
07. Recognise the inputs and outputs of nutrient cycling and soil organic matter and explain how they relate to plant production and health of the environment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGary Clark

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours directed reading per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Subject concepts available through self-directed on-line modules.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Including field excursions

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two reports (900 word equivalent each)

N/AReportIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Worksheet (two per semester, 1 x 180 word equivalent and 1 x 450 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo14 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Post workshop quizzes (four per semester)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo36 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

LMS Concept quizzes (450 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO5, SILO7