EART3338 Land Capability Assessment

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Understanding how soils and landscapes have evolved provides the key to managing terrestrial environments effectively and making sound decisions for sustainable land use. This unit covers the processes contributing to soil formation and degradation such as clay eluviation, precipitation, dissolution reactions and water flow. These processes are presented within a geomorphic and hydrological context. Based on this understanding soil classification is introduced, followed by the definition and mapping of soil and land capability classes.
Students are able to (1) describe, assess and sample soil profiles in different landscape positions; (2) determine soil properties in the field and use laboratory techniques to determine texture, clay mineralogy and water retention; and (3) classify and map soils and landforms and relate these to land use and soil degradation such as salinisation, desertification and soil acidification.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) mid semester short report; (2) individual final report ; and (3) group folder. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Matthias Leopold
Unit rules
ENVT2220 The Climate System
ENVT2236 Soil Science
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils)
EART2231 Earth Materials
EART2234 Earth Processes
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology
ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
EART3323 Land, Soil and Water Systems, EART8823 Land, Soil and Water Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/field trips: 3 hours practical work per week and a 2-day compulsory field trip involving soil mapping which takes place on the third or fourth weekend of the semester
Unit Outline
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