PSC415 Soil Management (8)


In this subject the management of the major forms of soil degradation (erosion, acidity, salinity, nutrient decline deterioration of soil structure and pollution) is evaluated. Principles of soil conservation, total catchment management and land management policies are developed.

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Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSC415
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major causes of soil degradation and their management
  • be able to evaluate the quality, and implications, of scientific information relating to soil management issues
  • be able to formulate and test hypotheses relating to soil management issues
  • to able to create and justify management options to conserve or improve the soil resource


The subject will cover the following topics:
(a) defining soil degradation problems
(b) understand the problems: causes and management
(i) structural decline,
(ii) extremes of pH,
(iii) salinity,
(iv) nutrient decline,
(v) erosion, and
(vi) pollution
(b) principles of soil conservation;
(c) principles of soil conservation;
(d) total catchment and land management policy

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Three day compulsory residential school


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.