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Unit of Study SOIL2001 Soil Processes (2023)

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  • Enrolment information

    There will be a two-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to for further information on timetables. For Regenerative Agriculture students, the residential will run in O Week of Term 2. For dates, contact your Unit Assessor: For on-campus students there are four 3-hour compulsory practical sessions during the Term. Please refer to timetable information for details. For post-graduate students, this unit requires students to have an understanding of minerals and landscape development and of basic chemistry. This essential background is provided by the completion of the pre-requisite units or equivalent experience.

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:

describe the main soil forming processes

describe the major biological, chemical and physical properties of soils and their influence on water and nutrient cycles

assess and describe soil structure, texture and consistence and classify soils using different soil classification methods

discuss the cycling of nutrients through soil and their availability to plants.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hr (Weekly)
Laboratory 3 hrs (Four times)
Soil Profile30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hr (Weekly)
Residential 2 days (Once)
Soil Profile30%

Prescribed learning resources

Prescribed Texts
  • The following text is available free online at: Isbell, R.F. and the National Committee on Soil and Terrain, 2021, The Australian Soil Classification, 3rd, CSIRO, Canberra, ACT. ISBN: 978-1-486-1479-9.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • Laboratory coat and safety glasses are required for laboratory sessions.

Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods.

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