SOIL511 Productive Soil Systems

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Updated: 10 October 2019
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 no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award and permission of unit coordinator
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOIL311 or SOIL411
Notes

This unit requires '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.

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 SOIL311 - Productive Soil Systems
Coordinator(s) Chris Guppy (cguppy@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Soil sustains life. However, increasing world population places exhaustive demands on limited soil resources. Students leave this unit with an understanding of the interactions between soil, plants, nutrients, water and climate resulting in productive systems. Students will understand the principles behind increasing resource use efficiency in soil systems. Critical thinking will be encouraged through problem based scenarios designed to emphasise the key processes driving soil fertility. Students will be able to interpret soil and plant tests, diagnose plant nutritional constraints, recommend management options to improve soil productivity, and assess the claims of the myriad products available to improve soil health.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Lecture Notes for Soil and Nutrient Cycles

ISBN: ARDA02
School of Environmental and Rural Science

Note: Available from UNE Life Campus Books.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

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 Assignment 1 30% 3000
Assessment Notes

Project using pot trial to assess soil fertility problem with alternate experimental designs.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Assignment 2 30% 900
Assessment Notes

Three components assessing scientific writing and interpretation skills.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Assignment 3 20% 2000
Assessment Notes

Literature review on topical soil fertility issue.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Oral Quiz 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Physics and Biology

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 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.


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. analyse critically, reflect on and appraise scientific literature related to soil fertility and plant nutrition drawing independent, well-supported conclusions and present them clearly to practitioners in the field;
  2. research and apply established theories in soil fertility and plant nutrition to interpret soil and plant tissue tests and make recommendations to producers;
  3. critically appraise products used in agronomic situations using scientific principles demonstrating an advanced and integrated knowledge of productive soil systems and the ability to autonomously apply this knowledge; and
  4. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the factors affecting plant growth in agronomic situations.