LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Examines the causes, the prevention and the rehabilitation of various forms of land degradation. These forms include: soil erosion by wind and water; soil structural degradation; acidification; mass movement; salinity; water repellence and biological degradation. The design of soil conservation structures, the economics of land degradation and land capability classification are also examined.

Unit content

  • Soil erosion by water and wind
  • Soil structural degradation
  • Soil acidification
  • Water repellence by soil
  • Salinisation
  • Land capability classification
  • Soil conservation structure design
  • Acid sulfate soils and their management
  • Mass movement

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: closed book40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (9 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Exam: closed book40%

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