Courses & Units

Soil, Nutrients and Water KLA213


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
Unit code KLA213
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Richard Doyle
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $3,068.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentScientific Recordings (10%)|short Quizzes (10%)|Soil Hydrology Report (15%)|Field Report (25%)|Final Exam (40%)
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