UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENVT2236 Soil Science

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Agricultural Science major sequence
  • Level 2 core unit in the Earth specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Biology specialisation in the Environmental Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This is an introductory unit covering the fundamentals of soil science in the context of agriculture, environmental science and geography. In field, practical and lecture classes the unit covers soil description and morphology (pedology); soil formation (pedogenesis); detailed soil biological, chemical and physical processes and properties, including an introduction to the cycling of water and nutrients in soils; plus soil acidification and salinity. It addresses the consequences of soil and landscape properties for environmental management, and land uses such as agriculture, horticulture, habitation and infrastructure.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the dynamics and formation of soils and the influence of climate, landform and geology; (2) understand the fundamentals of physical, chemical and biological processes and functions in soils, including soil biogeochemical cycles; (3) gain skills in laboratory analysis and field observation of soils and their landscapes; (4) integrate diverse soil knowledge and apply it to problems in environmental science, agriculture and geography; and (5) gain skills in scientific communication in the context of soils and soil environments.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) reports on practical (including field) activities; (2) eTivities; and (3) final examination. 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) Dr Louise Barton
Unit rules
Prerequisites: EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Incompatibility: EART2220 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms or EART2230 Soil Science Essentials or EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks from week 2; field trips: 12 hours total (2 day trips on weekends during semester)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENVT2236/SEM-1/2017
Recommended
reading

White, R. E. Principles and Practice of Soil Science: the Soil as a Natural Resource, 4th edn: Blackwell Scientific Publications 2006

There are no compulsory texts for this unit. 


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