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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.

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 and discuss the causes, prevention and rehabilitation of a range of types of land degradationIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2classify land according to a land capability classification system and critically analyse that classificationIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3explain the principles and practices of soil conservation structure designIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4critically analyse a selected land use or land management issue in relation to its land degradation potential, recommended prevention and rehabilitation strategies and its social, political and economic implications.Intellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. identify and discuss the causes, prevention and rehabilitation of a range of types of land degradation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. classify land according to a land capability classification system and critically analyse that classification
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. explain the principles and practices of soil conservation structure design
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. critically analyse a selected land use or land management issue in relation to its land degradation potential, recommended prevention and rehabilitation strategies and its social, political and economic implications.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report30%
Presentation20%
Report10%
Exam: closed book40%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (9 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Assessment
Report30%
Presentation20%
Report10%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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