School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Soil and Land Processes
  • Unit Code

    SCM2201
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Prof Raymond Henry FROEND

Description

This unit provides a foundation in the area of land management and will give students an understanding of the physicochemical properties of soil, soil ecology and landscape structure and function, and how the interaction of these elements influence land use.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must have passed SCI1125 Professional Science Essentials AND one unit in SCI1192 Physical Environments, SCI1185 Ecology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of soil and landscape processes and how they influence land degradation and rehabilitation.
  2. Describe the physical and chemical properties of soil and perform basic soil tests and surveys.
  3. Describe the roles of the soil biota in maintaining the integrity of decomposition processes and nutrient cycling.
  4. Identify various forms of soil and landscape degradation and assess the impact of various land-use practices.

Unit Content

  1. Applied soil ecology: ecosystem concepts as applied to soil communities; the contribution of the soil biota to soil structure, decomposition processes and nutrient cycling.
  2. Hydrology and land management Pathways of water movement in soil. Aspects of hydrogeology relevant to land management and soil conservation. Principles of catchment hydrology and the land phase (surface and groundwater) of the hydrological cycle.
  3. Land degradation processes - Overview of soil degradation processes and the influence of land use. Particular reference to wind and water erosion, degradation of soil structure, degradation of biological function, salinity and waterlogging, soil fertility and acidification and soil pollution.
  4. Soil and landscape processes Relationships between geomorphology, soils and hydrology. Processes of landscape and soil development.
  5. Soil properties - physical, chemical, biological properties and components of soil. Methods (field and laboratory) of soil sampling and description, analysis and classification. Techniques for soil surveying.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratory work and field excursions.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentTechnical report on field and laboratory work *25%
Case StudyLand capability assessment portfolio25%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination50%

* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Soil and Land Processes
  • Unit Code

    SCM2201
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    3
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Prof Raymond Henry FROEND

Description

This unit provides a foundation in the area of land management and will give students an understanding of the physicochemical properties of soil, soil ecology and landscape structure and function, and how the interaction of these elements influence land use.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must have passed SCI1125 Professional Science Essentials AND one unit in SCI1192 Physical Environments, SCI1185 Ecology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of soil and landscape processes and how they influence land degradation and rehabilitation.
  2. Describe the physical and chemical properties of soil and perform basic soil tests and surveys.
  3. Describe the roles of the soil biota in maintaining the integrity of decomposition processes and nutrient cycling.
  4. Identify various forms of soil and landscape degradation and assess the impact of various land-use practices.

Unit Content

  1. Applied soil ecology: ecosystem concepts as applied to soil communities; the contribution of the soil biota to soil structure, decomposition processes and nutrient cycling.
  2. Hydrology and land management Pathways of water movement in soil. Aspects of hydrogeology relevant to land management and soil conservation. Principles of catchment hydrology and the land phase (surface and groundwater) of the hydrological cycle.
  3. Land degradation processes - Overview of soil degradation processes and the influence of land use. Particular reference to wind and water erosion, degradation of soil structure, degradation of biological function, salinity and waterlogging, soil fertility and acidification and soil pollution.
  4. Soil and landscape processes Relationships between geomorphology, soils and hydrology. Processes of landscape and soil development.
  5. Soil properties - physical, chemical, biological properties and components of soil. Methods (field and laboratory) of soil sampling and description, analysis and classification. Techniques for soil surveying.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratory work and field excursions.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Due to the professional competency skill development associated with this Unit, student attendance/participation within listed in-class activities and/or online activities including discussion boards is compulsory. Students failing to meet participation standards as outlined in the unit plan may be awarded an I Grade (Fail - incomplete). Students who are unable to meet this requirement for medical or other reasons must seek the approval of the unit coordinator.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
AssignmentTechnical report on field and laboratory work *25%
Case StudyLand capability assessment portfolio25%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination50%

* Assessment item identified for English language proficiency


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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