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


Provides Master of Applied Science students with knowledge of soil science. The unit provides knowledge of the formation of key Tasmanian soil types, their parent materials and their land use potential. Soil fertility and key nutrient cycles (N, P and K), soil morphology and salinity will be examined in lectures, practicals and in the field. The practical component provides students with skills and knowledge in soil chemical analysis for key nutrients in soils. The unit involves three full-day excursions to examine the soils and land use of south-east Tasmania. Students are expected to undertake a major research report on this fieldwork and analysis several components in detail. 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.

Summary 2020

Unit name Soil Formation, Function and Fertility
Unit code KLA440
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), Dr M Hardie

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



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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13x3-hr practical classes


3-hour theory exam (50%), poster, practical and field reports (total 50%)

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