LismoreSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Examines the main processes that occur in the degradation of land. The major forms of land degradation are examined. These include soil erosion by water and wind, soil structural degradation, soil acidification, water repellence, salinisation, and mass movement. The processes that lead to the formation of each form of land degradation are examined as are the strategies and principles of rehabilitation and prevention of each land degradation form. Land capability classification and acid sulphate soils are also examined. This unit includes a Masters Tutorial component in which students critically analyse advanced issues in the field.

Unit content

  • Erosion by water
  • Soil erosion by 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

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 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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