ENVT4401 Advanced Land Use and Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Geographical Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
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.
Students are able to (1) analyse and map soils to demonstrate an understanding their functions under different land use; (2) evaluate land capabilities and properties based on field observations and laboratory testing; (3) evaluate and report in a professional manner results of field and laboratory investigations that aid in land use decision making; and (4) evaluate the hydrological responses of land in the context of different land uses and changing environmental conditions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) field trip 1—field and laboratory report (35 per cent); (2) field trip 2—field and laboratory report (35 per cent); and (3) field trip 3—field and laboratory report in the form of a scientific poster (group assessment, 30 percent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthias Leopold
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
Advisable prior study:
ENVT3360 Ecosystem Restoration
ENVT2236 Soil Science
EART3338 Land Capability Assessment
Contact hours
three 2-day blocks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.