ENVT4401 Advanced Land Use and Management

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Geographical Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit focuses on field-based assessment of land and water resources. It is a more advanced treatment of soil mapping, land use and catchment hydrology. The unit brings students to a professional level of knowledge and skills assessing land use and land capability. The field sites are chosen to have various constraints and land use changes. The unit addresses different land uses in fluvial, agricultural and mining landscapes and its influences on soils and water. This is integrated with the assessment of soils and land use to provide sustainable land use management. Students acquire skills in soil and land capability mapping at a professional level so that they can independently assess soil resources; and hydrological assessment of land with field methods, probing soil hydraulic properties, infiltration capacity, susceptibility of runoff and erosion. There are three different field trips in the surroundings of the Perth landscape where students describe and sample soils in the field. Subsequent laboratory analysis generates data that is used for the final reports of the three field trips.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) independently map soils and understand their functions under different land use; (2) identify land capabilities based on field observations and laboratory testing; (3) report in a professional manner results of field and laboratory investigations that aid in land use decision making; and (4) assess the hydrological responses of land in the context of different land uses and changing environmental conditions.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) field trip 1—field and laboratory report (35 per cent); (2) field trip 2—field and laboratory report in the form of a scientific poster (group assessment, 30 percent); and (3) field trip 3—field and laboratory report (35 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Matthias Leopold
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
ENVT3360 Ecosystem Restoration
or
ENVT2236 Soil Science
or
EART3338 Land Capability Assessment
or
equivalent
Contact hours
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
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