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Unit Overview


Restoring drastically disturbed land to an acceptable level of productivity and visual appearance has become a specialised and sophisticated branch of environmental science. In some cases whole ecosystems have to be recreated while in others the emphasis is on productive land use such as for farming and forestry. This unit builds on the basics of soil science, hydrology, and geology by developing more detailed knowledge in these fields and particular their application in urban mining and agricultural land rehabilitation settings. This is supported through exploration of case studies, hands-on practicals based on real land rehabilitation projects and industry engagement.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental Science; Environmental Science and Management; Environmental Science and Ecology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) identify and prioritise major issues in degraded lands requiring rehabilitation; (2) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of urban rehabilitation scenarios including acid sulfate soil management, contaminant transport, and related hydrology; (3) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mine site rehabilitation as part of mine site environmental management, including pH, salinity, sodicity, and erosion issues; (4) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of agricultural land rehabilitation scenarios including managing for erosion, acidity, compaction, and salinity issues; and (5) critically assess rehabilitation requirements and develop rehabilitation management plans tailored to a given site.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual reports (written) and (2) individual report (video). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Nanthi Bolan
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ENVT2236 Soil Science
or Unit(s) EART2231 Earth Materials
or Unit(s) EART2234 Earth Processes
or Unit(s) ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
field work/practicals/labs: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.