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Unit description

Develops the knowledge and skills required for effective regenerative soil management, with a strong emphasis on soil ecology and soil management for climate mitigation. Students will develop skills in assessing soil structure, health and fertility. They will learn to recognise and monitor both soil constraints and emergent properties. The key concepts of regenerative soil management are examined, including carbon-farming and the development of soil organic matter and water holding capacity in a range of agricultural contexts. Students will learn to develop regenerative strategies for effective agricultural soil management.

Unit content

1. Principles of regenerative soil management

2. Assessing soil health and fertility, identifying constraints

3. Soil ecology and biology

4. Land capability, classification and mapping

5. Soil carbon & sequestration

6. Monitoring and managing soil health and fertility

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the key principles of regenerative soil management including understanding soil microbiologyKnowledge of a discipline
2map soils at landscape and paddock scalesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3assess soil health and fertility and identify soil constraintsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4apply a range of regenerative soil management strategies and practices to build soil carbon and improve soil ecology.Creativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the key principles of regenerative soil management including understanding soil microbiology
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. map soils at landscape and paddock scales
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. assess soil health and fertility and identify soil constraints
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply a range of regenerative soil management strategies and practices to build soil carbon and improve soil ecology.
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once per session)
Lecture online 2 hours (11 Weeks)
Assessment
Soil Map20%
Regenerative Soil Plan40%
Soil Health Report40%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (Once per session)
Lecture online 2 hours (11 Weeks)
Assessment
Soil Map20%
Regenerative Soil Plan40%
Soil Health Report40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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