Soil Science and Management

Subject AGRI90066 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures, 20 hours of tutorials and a full day excursion
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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.


Dr Tony Weatherley


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 the 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%);
  • an online mid semester test (20%);
  • an assignment associated with land capability, 1000 words (20%) approximately week 9;
  • and a 10 minute class presentation (20%) during the semester

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 Certificate in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Landscape Management
Conservation and Restoration
Conservation and Restoration
Crop Production Specialisation
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Honours Program - Agricultural Science
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Integrated Water Catchment Management
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

Download PDF version.