Courses & Units

Soil Science KLA613

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


This unit aims to develop your understanding of key physical and chemical properties and processes of soils and how these attributes relate to and inform land use and management. This unit will develop your ability to critically analyse soil data and published research in soil science and is taught in two sections; (i) Soil Chemistry - which focuses on weathering and clay formation, clay chemistry, cation exchange, acidity (pH), and organic matter. (ii) Soil Physics – which focuses on soil structure, porosity, water flow and storage in soils, and catchment hydrology. Weekly practical sessions provide opportunity for students to develop skills in the measurement and interpretation of key soil properties and processes.


Unit name Soil Science
Unit code KLA613
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Mr Marcus Hardie
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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 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

  • Explain key soil physical and chemical processes and how they relate these properties to soil development and management
  • Measure key soil chemical and physical properties in the field and / or laboratory
  • Critically evaluate soil data to inform land use, agricultural management and soil sustainability
  • Evaluate published literature in the field of soil science

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
010709 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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Teaching Pattern

Two 50 min lectures per week

One 3 hr practical

AssessmentWeekly quiz (5%)|Critical Review (10%)|Soil Chemistry Exam (20%)|Soil Physics Practical Report (20%)|Soil Physics Test (20%)|Soil Chemistry Presentation (25%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Bohn, F, McNeal, B and O’Connor, G. (2001). Soil Chemistry – 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons Publishers

McLaren, R.M. and K.C. Cameron (1996). Soil science: sustainable production and environmental protection. Published by Oxford University Press, 304p.

Soil Physical Measurement and Interpretation for Land Evaluation, Australian Soil and Land Survey Handbooks Series 5. CSIRO Publishing

Irrigation Association (2011) Irrigation - 6th edition. Fall Church, Vancover

Rainer Horn, Roger Horton, Stephan Peth, (2016) Essential Soil Physics. An Introduction to Soil Processes, Functions, Structure and Mechanics. CSIRO publishing

Hilell, D. (1998) Environmental Soil Physics: Fundamentals, Applications, and Environmental Considerations. Academic Press.

Shukla, M. K., (2014) Soil Physics and Introduction,. CRC press: Boca Raton

Price, G (2006). Australian Soil Fertility Manual – 3rd Edition, Fertiliser Industry Federation of Australia and CSIRO Publishing

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