SOIL531 Soils in Practice

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award and SOIL222 or SOIL422 or SOIL310 or SOIL510 or SOIL311 or SOIL511; or permission of unit coordinator
Co-requisites None
Restrictions SOIL431
Notes None
Combined Units SOIL431 - Soils in Practice
Coordinator(s) Susan Wilson (
Unit Description

This unit builds upon prior learning through a range of advanced soil science topics integral to sustainable soil resource management. The unit, delivered entirely on-line, provides students with interactive and investigative learning opportunities to develop their understanding of different areas of soil science and applications in the real world context. Students will develop autonomy, independent judgement and articulate their learning in facilitated on-line forums. Topics include current issues of significance in climate, population and sustainable resource use debates worldwide such as pollution; global nutrient balances; climate change and carbon farming; soil health assessment and soil education.

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. discuss current soil science issues in topical areas to demonstrate an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of the subject and competency in communicating this information to others in written or verbal form;
  2. demonstrate the ability to analyse critically evaluate, summarise and communicate information on current soil science issues;
  3. demonstrate at an advanced level an ability to apply insight and acquired knowledge on pertinent soil science issues into debates and professional practices; and
  4. generate and transmit solutions to complex problems in soil science today.