SOIL310 Soils, Pollution and the Environment

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Updated: 22 April 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 72cp or permission of unit coordinator
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOIL510
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Should you require 'permission of unit coordinator' - follow the steps below:

1. Contact the unit coordinator in writing (email).

2. Enrol online in the unit, completing the "waive prerequisites" form and attaching the Unit Coordinator's written approval.

3. Make contact via AskUNE in the event of any difficulties with the above steps.

Combined Units SOIL510 - Soils, Pollution and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Susan Wilson (swilso24@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Polluted and degraded soils cost us millions of dollars every year. They limit productivity and present real human health and environmental risks. This unit focusses on soil pollution and prepares students to manage key globally important soil degradation issues in industry, mining and agriculture. Topics include: pollutant behaviour and effects, policy and regulation, sampling and analysis, risk assessment, remediation and rehabilitation, salinity and acidification. Through site visits, industry speakers, practical and field activities students will gain the skills needed to become informed environmental managers able to apply best practice to real world problems underpinned by sound science.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Assessment 15% 500
Assessment Notes

3 online quizzes

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Practical Assignment 45% 3500
Assessment Notes

3 Components - Students must obtain an average of at least 50% in these 3 assessment items to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

Students must obtain at least 50% in the exam to pass the unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of soil physical, chemical and biological processes that are important for degraded and polluted land management;
  2. discuss key land degradation and pollution issues and examples, and develop approaches to their assessment, management and remediation;
  3. apply an advanced set of robust sampling and analysis techniques for soil pollution assessment and interpret the results in the context of real world management applications;
  4. source, access and interpret technical, regulatory and guidance material for best practice management; and
  5. work as competent professionals in a multidisciplinary team discipline.