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.

Availability

* 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Prerequisites

PSC104

Incompatible Subjects

PSC3%%

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

Syllabus

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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSC415 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Soil assessment part a
15
2
Soil assessment part b
20
3
Effect of stubble grazing on soil properties
25
4
Final exam
40

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Three day compulsory residential school

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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