SOIL510 Soils, Pollution and the Environment

Updated: 27 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
21 April 2020 23 April 2020 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOIL310

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 SOIL310 - Soils, Pollution and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Susan Wilson (
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 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 an advanced and integrated knowledge of soil physical, chemical and biological processes that are important for degraded and polluted land management;
  2. discuss with expert knowledge, key land degradation and pollution issues and examples, and develop integrated approaches to their assessment, management and remediation using best practice management that can be communicated to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  3. apply an advanced set of robust sampling and analysis techniques for soil pollution assessment and interpret the results independently using a range of systematic approaches in the context of real world management applications;
  4. demonstrate the ability to research autonomously and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice by sourcing, accessing and interpreting technical, regulatory and guidance material for best practice management; and
  5. work and communicate as a competent professional in a multidisciplinary team discipline.