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Soil Science and Management (AGRI90066)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeAGRI90066
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will examine the major current issues in the management of soils under various land uses in Australia. The dynamic nature of soils will be explored through study of the chemical, physical and biological processes in the soil environment, particularly those which impact directly on plant growth. The subject should develop an understanding of how soils can be managed to optimise plant growth and minimise adverse effects on the environment and present practical solutions to soil management.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student should be able to:

  • Recognise the major issues affecting the sustainable management of soils under various land uses in Australia
  • Appreciate the dynamic nature of soils and apply practical solutions to soil management problems
  • Understand the physical, chemical and biological processes that control nutrient and contaminant availability in soils
  • Understand the role of soil/agriculture in mitigation greenhouse gas emissions
  • Be familiar with the principles underlying the analysis of soils and plants for assessing soil nutrient availability
  • Understand the principles used in soil survey and conduct a basic land capability assessment

Generic skills

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economic information from primary and other sources
  • Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge
  • Ability to integrate information across a relevant discipline to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed computer-based skills to allow for effective online learning and communication
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Highly developed oral communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • Ability to participate effectively as a member of a team
  • Ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects

Eligibility and requirements


Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

This course requires all students to actively and safely participate in field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Online test due approximately week 4 (20%)
  • Assignment of 1000 words associated with land capability, due approximately week 9 (20%)
  • 10-minute class presentation during the semester (20%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (40%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorTony Weatherley
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursup to 48 hours of lectures and tutorials and two full day field trips
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 14 August 2019