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EA2007 - Applied Soil Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Delve into the earth's skin - the vital layer from which all terrestrial life is sustained. Areas covered: Soil functions and management. How and why soils vary through the landscape. Soil components, soil chemical, physical and biological properties and processes. Water and nutrient cycling. Problem soils and management: saline, sodic, acid, alkaline, nutrient poor, impermeable soils. Degradation, rehabilitation and sustainability. Soil classification and mapping.

Learning Outcomes

  • gain awareness of soil science and its relationship with other pursuits;
  • acquire knowledge of key chemical, physical and biological soil properties and processes;
  • acquire skills in assessing soils and appropriate management interventions;
  • develop enquiring approach.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA3004 EA5017

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); practical tasks (20%); essays (20%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); practical tasks (20%); essays (20%).

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