LAND AND SOIL MANAGEMENT

AGR3LS

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers chemical, physical and biological aspects of soil and uses a field study of lime plots at the university farm to illustrate concepts. The importance of nutrient recycling and carbon dynamics in sustainable land use, and their impacts on the environment are studied. Management of land degradation including soil acidification, subsoil constraints and soil contamination is also an important component.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCaixian Tang

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesAGR2ILS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority is given to students admitted in SBAG, SBS (Agricultural Science or Environmental Geoscience major), SZAGB, SZAGID and LZCAG for which this subject is core, then all other degrees by order of enrolment

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Scientific writing = Thinking in words

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDavid Lindsay

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO Publishing

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Soils: Their properties and management

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCharman PEV and Murphy BW

Year2007

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The nature and properties of soils

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBrady, NC and Weil, RR

Year2016

Edition/Volume14th EDN revised

PublisherPEARSON PRENTICE HALL

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

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. Analyse soil properties as affected by long-term lime application and relate to strategies for management of soil acidity to improve plant growth and nodulation of legume plants.
02. Work effectively as a team member to communicate scientific results in oral and written formats.
03. Explain the development and variation of soil properties and processes and critically review their management in farming systems/sustainable land use.
04. Generate and critically evaluate datasets and effectively communicate scientific results using tables and graphs.

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size65

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCaixian Tang

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2 hour end-of-semester exam

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO3

Three Laboratory reports and quizzes (300-words equivalent each, total 900-words equiv.)  Individual written submissions.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo27 SILO1, SILO4

One group oral presentation on lime project (400-words equivalent per student).  Marks for teamwork are included in this component.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo8 SILO2

One group scientific paper on lime project (800-words per student).  Students may write and submit the paper individually.

N/AOtherCombinedNo15 SILO1, SILO2