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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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify and discuss the causes, prevention and rehabilitation of a range of types of land degradation
2classify land according to a land capability classification system
3explain the principles and practices of soil conservation structure design
4critically analyse a selected land use or land management issue in relation to its land degradation potential and recommend prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

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
  2. classify land according to a land capability classification system
  3. explain the principles and practices of soil conservation structure design
  4. critically analyse a selected land use or land management issue in relation to its land degradation potential and recommend prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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