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.


This unit in soil science aims to develop students’ ability to understand key soil physical and chemical properties and processes, their ability to relate these to soil management in agriculture, and critical evaluation of soil based research.

The unit is taught in two sections; (i) Soil Chemistry - which focuses on weathering and clay formation, clay chemistry, cation exchange, acidity (pH), oxidation – reduction, the nitrogen cycle and organic matter. (ii) Soil Physics – which focuses on soil structure, porosity, water flow and storage in soils, and catchment hydrology.

Practical sessions will demonstrate key soil properties and processes, and practice measurement, analysis and management response to a limited range of soil properties.
At the end of this unit candidates should be able to sample, analyse and interpret basic soil tests and relate basic soil properties to their development and function in soil, as well as critically interpret agricultural suitability and constraints to use.


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 Associate Professor Richard Doyle
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Measure accurately key soil chemical and physical soils properties in the field and laboratory
  • Evaluate soil data and its application to developing recommendations for land use and agricultural production.
  • Explain key physical, chemical and biological soil processes and their influence on soil formation, properties and function.
  • Evaluate published literature in the field of soil science
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AssessmentTest or quiz (5%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (45%)|Report (20%)|Report (20%)|Critically Appraised Topic (10%)
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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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