Soil Science and Management

Subject AGRI90066 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 24 hours of practical classes,(4 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all steps to minimise the impact of disability upon
academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's
participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to
enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory
activities and field trips. Students who feel their disability will impact on
meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject
Coordinator and Disability Liaison Unit.


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: This subject will examine the major current issues in the management of soils under various land uses in Australia. The dynamic nature of soils will be explored through study of the chemical, physical and biological processes in the soil environment, particularly those which impact directly on plant growth. The subject should develop an understanding of how soils can be managed to optimise plant growth and minimise adverse effects on the environment and present practical solutions to soil management.
Objectives: Information Not Available
Assessment: A three-hour end of semester examination (60%), a major assignment of 4000 words (30%) – week 9 and a class presentation (10%) – week 11.
Prescribed Texts: Information Not Available
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the
ethics of scholarship
Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed
learning and research
An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic
information from primary and other sources
Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods
for the storage, management and analysis of data
Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in
applied situations
Highly developed computer - based skills to allow for effective on-line learning and
Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with
individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison
with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community.
Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Horticulture (Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)
Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Landscape Management
Conservation, Restoration and Landscape Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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