Plant and Soil Science

Major/Minor/Specialisation !B-AGR-MAJ+1001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Ms Ros Gall


Currently enrolled students:

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This major will provide graduates with a depth and breadth of understanding in plant and soil science in the context of agricultural production systems. Students of this major will study subjects in soil biology and management, and plant health for growth and production. Students will also gain a detailed understanding of the drivers of plant industries and how management strategies can optimise yield and product quality.

This major will be available to students enrolling in first year of the B Ag in 2016. The subjects comprising this new major are subject to review in 2016, and may be altered for 2017.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this major, students will have :

  • a strong understanding of the determinants of soil and plant health
  • an understanding of the structure and function of plant production industries in Australia and around the world, including the determinants of production and their implications for land management
  • the ability to critically evaluate options, and formulate plans that will ensure long term industry and environmental sustainability;
  • an understanding of current issues facing plant production systems
  • the skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate problems relating to plant production industries
  • the ability to communicate and discuss scientific and industry information with relevant stakeholders;
Structure & Available Subjects:

If studying the entire year at Parkville students in the Plant and Soil Science major will study five core subjects and choose three elective subjects. If students choose to study the second semester at the Dookie Campus they will have eight core subjects to study.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects - Year Two

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Optional Core Subject - Year Two

Students should select one of the following two subjects as their fifth core subject:

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Elective Subjects - Year Two

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Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

Dookie Option

Students will also have the option of studying Semester 2 of Year 2 at the Dookie Campus. A core program will be available for this option incorporating subjects from the core and elective subjects above.

Year Three - Core Subjects

Students should study the following three core subjects:

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Not offered in 2016

Year Three - Elective Subjects

Students should select their remaining subjects from the elective list below:

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agriculture

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