This unit introduces soils of Tasmania and their formation, fertility, and hydrology. The unit links to concepts important in agronomy and horticulture and it aims to develop an understanding of land and soil resources as assets in Tasmanian landscapes. It provides an understanding of how we might best manage soils to improve environmental and productivity outcomes. It integrates background knowledge from chemistry, physics, geography, and environmental sciences into soil science and landscape systems.
|Unit name||Soil, Nutrients and Water|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Richard Doyle|
|Teaching staff||Mr Marcus Hardie|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Describe soil formation factors used for digital and traditional soil mapping.
- Apply techniques for assessing soil profiles, their field properties and sampling in the natural environment.
- Interpret biological, physical, and chemical soil fertility for sustainable land management.
- Explain the principles of water storage and water movement in soils and landscapes that ensure effective water management.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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On Campus: 2 x 50 minute lectures and 10 x 3-hr practical weekly (13 wks), 3 x 3-hr field trips
Off Campus: 2 x 50 minute lectures
|Assessment||Test or quiz (10%)|Final Exam (40%)|Report (25%)|Log/Workbook (10%)|Report (15%)|
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