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EA2007 - Soil Properties and Processes for Management

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject is an introduction to the fundamentals of soil science. It emphasizes how soils sustain life on earth, and in particular, how soil properties and processes influence plant growth, water cycling and quality, and gaseous exchanges with the atmosphere. Topics covered include soil characteristics and formation, particularly in Australia; classification and mapping; soil components; physical properties; chemical properties; organisms and ecology; and nature and cycling of carbon and nutrients. The subject can be used towards accreditation as a Certified Practising Soil Scientist (CPSS).

Learning Outcomes

  • awareness of soil science and its relationship with other pursuits;
  • knowledge of key chemical, physical and biological soil properties and processes;
  • skills in assessing soils;
  • ability to retrieve, analyse, synthesize and evaluate information and convey ideas and arguments clearly and coherently through written and oral communication.
Prerequisites: AT LEAST 12 CREDITS AT LEVEL 1
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA3207 EA5017

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (10%); assignments (50%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 29-Aug-2019
    Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 33 hours practicals
      Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (10%); assignments (50%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.