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Principles of Soil Science (AGRI20038)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Dookie) and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeAGRI20038
Dookie, Parkville
Dookie, Parkville
Semester 2 - On Campus
Semester 2 - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Soil is the foundation for profitable farming. In this subject the principles of chemistry, physics and biology will be used to determine the effects of agricultural practice on soil. Topics include soil morphology, soil physical and chemical properties, clay mineralogy, soil biology & ecology, soil acidity and alkalinity, and the biogeochemical cycles of C, N, and other elements. Field trips will be used to train students in understanding the relationship between landscapes, soils and land use, and in the description, sampling, and mapping of soils.

Intended learning outcomes

An understanding of

  • The interaction between soil and the environment including climate
  • Soil genesis, morphology and classification
  • The biological, chemical and physical characteristics of soils
  • How a soil functions
  • The biophysical cycling of nutrients in soil
  • The consequences of soil degradation and contamination

Generic skills

A student who satisfactorily completes this subject should be able to:

  • explain their understanding of soil science;
  • review and evaluate readings relating to soil science and agricultural production
  • participate as an effective member of a group in workshop discussions, and study groups;
  • think independently and analytically, and direct his or her own learning; and
  • manage time effectively in order to be prepared for regular classes, tests and the examination.

Last updated: 26 July 2019