Soil Science and Management

Subject AGRI90066 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 20 hours of tutorials and a full day excursion
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject the student should be able to:

  • recognise the major issues affecting the sustainable management of soils under various land uses in Australia;
  • appreciate the dynamic nature of soils and apply practical solutions to soil management problems;
  • understand the physical, chemical and biological processes that control nutrient and contaminant availability in soils;
  • understand th role of soil/agriculture in mitigation greenhouse gas emissions
  • be familiar with the principles underlying the analysis of soils and plants for assessing soil nutrient availability and;

understand the principles used in soil survey and conduct a basic land capability assessment


A two-hour end of semester examination (40%), a major assignment of 4000 words (30%) – week 9 and a class presentation (10%) – week 11, online mid semester test (20%)

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 communication.
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): 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 and Restoration
Conservation and Restoration
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Honours Program - Agricultural Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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