SOIL422 Soil Science

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 28 May 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
26 October 2020 28 October 2020 Mandatory Trimester 3: Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Mandatory The Trimester 2 Intensive School will not be offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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 candidature in a postgraduate award; or candidature in the BEd(SecSc), BEd(InServConv) or BEd(K-12 Teach)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOIL220 or SOIL222
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.

Combined Units SOIL222 - Soil Science
Coordinator(s) Chris Guppy (cguppy@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Soil is the living skin of the planet and the single most diverse and fascinating ecosystem imaginable. This unit introduces soil; the way it functions in a landscape, the myriad interactions with the water, carbon and nutrients that sustain life, and the damage human activity can do to its health and productivity. Students will get their hands 'dirty' and learn how to assess and examine soil.

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%
Assessment Notes

Online quizzes based on intensive school/internal practical classes and lecture material (calculation/MCQ)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

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 Report 25% 2500
Assessment Notes

Soil function assignment including implications of soil proceses and properties for land management under specific rural/urban scenarios

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60%
Assessment Notes

Students must achieve 50% or greater in the Final Exam to pass the Unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of soil function in urban and rural landscapes and make recommendations for land management;
  2. describe, analyse and calculate the fundamental soil physical properties relating to soil behaviour and management and provide solutions to complex problems;
  3. present a clear, cohesive and independent exposition on the core concepts of soil chemistry, biology and nutrient cycling in terms of soil processes; and
  4. demonstrate advanced theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to utilise a range of practical field and laboratory techniques to assess soil properties.