EM311 Land Assessment for Sustainable Use

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
15 June 2020 18 June 2020 Mandatory All students (both on campus and online students) must attend. Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 72cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM511

On campus students teaching will include a 100 minute class from week 3. Access to online teaching materials and online discussions for problem based learning.

All on campus and online students teaching will include attendance at a mandatory intensive school in June for four days where all assessment items (1, 2 and 3) will commence and 1 and 2 will be completed. Access to online teaching materials and online discussions for Stage 2 and 3 of the problem based learning scenario in small online groups formed at the mandatory intensive school is required.

Combined Units EM511 - Land Assessment for Sustainable Use
Coordinator(s) Lisa Lobry De Bruyn (llobryde@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

A unit that covers the major land degradation issues of Australia (including soil erosion, salinisation, vegetation decline); their extent, processes involved, and rehabilitation and prevention techniques; the principles and procedures for land evaluation for a range of land use options; land capability classification schemes and land suitability analysis for land-use planning. The 500-level unit is based on the undergraduate level unit with additional reading, assignments or projects and the demonstration of a greater level of understanding of the undergraduate material.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and describe the variation in extent (both spatially and temporally), of the major land degradation types in Australia, and changes in land managers' awareness and perception of these issues, and communicate this information to others in written or verbal formats;
  2. understand and explain the biophysical processes responsible for major land degradation issues in Australia and elsewhere, and the influence of biophysical factors, such as soil type, and human intervention or management on their prevalence and severity;
  3. evaluate land assessment scenarios, research and explain availability, design and application of land evaluation schemes and their relevance to the scenario, with due recognition of interactions between land use, land holder, natural environment and other factors;
  4. evaluate land assessment scenarios, research and explain the links between - the environment, land management practices and the land holder - and their combined influence over sustainable use of natural resources; and
  5. evaluate land assessment scenarios, research and explain the types of solutions most likely to be adopted by the land manager or organisation, with appreciation of the biophysical processes and human intervention or management practices that contributed to the land degradation issue.