SOIL422 Soil Science

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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
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
22 June 2020 24 June 2020 Mandatory Intensive school is Mandatory only for students studying Online; On Campus students undertake practical work during the Trimester. Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
26 October 2020 28 October 2020 Mandatory 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 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

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 (
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 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. 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.