Courses & Units

Soil Science KLA613



Next Offered in 2016.

This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


The unit provides Master of Applied Science students with knowledge of soil science including: developing the candidates ability to undertake chemical and physical soil analyses and interpret soil analytical data for management of soil related environmental management problems. Issues covered include: management of salinity, soil drainage, soil water retention and measurement for plant growth, soil erosion management and control, and soil chemical properties and processes.

The practical component provides students with skills involved in field description and sampling of soil profiles. The soil profiles are then analysed as a class exercise and interpretations and soil management plans are developed. Field trips to examine land use conflicts, soil erosion management and controlled traffic farming are also undertaken.

Students will also be expected to develop laboratory and field based record keeping and reporting skills.

In addition to general course content, students are expected to undertake prescribed reading at an advanced level on recent developments in soil science and to incorporate this knowledge in their theory examination.


Unit name Soil Science
Unit code KLA613
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Teaching staff

Dr R Doyle (Coordinator)

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010709

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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 12 x 3-hour practical classes, 3 days of field trips


3-hour theory exam (50%), practical reports (40%), fortnightly spot tests (10%)

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