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.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSC415. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences



Incompatible Subjects


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


This 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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Three day compulsory residential school


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.