SOIL511 Productive Soil Systems

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
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

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 (
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.

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. 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.