• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Field
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The course explores the development of sustainable farming systems and soil management techniques in Australian agriculture. The emphasis is on the application of a thorough understanding of basic physical, chemical and biological properties and ecological processes involving soils, crop plants and livestock to the design and implementation of improved farming systems. A range of land management issues are addressed including soil conservation, restoration and rehabilitation; alternative farming and grazing systems and combinations of grazing and cropping, including pasture cropping, are considered. The course looks at farming systems in different climatic regions, and under irrigated and dryland conditions.

A practical component examines the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of land and soil resource data from a range of scales in the landscape and includes a soil and land resource mapping project of a designated area in rural NSW, involving the incorporation of all relevant sources of information, including remote sensing and published literature, to produce soil-landscape and resource maps, GIS layers, explanatory notes and a farm plan.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Collect, analyse, interpret and present land and soil resource data (including remotely sensed data and published literature) from a range of scales in the landscape to produce soil-landscape and resource maps, GIS layers, explanatory notes and a farm plan.
2. Understand and contribute to the development of sustainable farming systems and soil management techniques in Australian agriculture.
3. Discuss the principles of managing soil resources with practitioners such as farmers, extension officers, and consultants.
4. Conduct research into, and produce detailed field trip reports on, various aspects of soil resources and their management.
5. Carry out research into an aspect of soil resources and their management, and present the results of that research both as a discussion paper and a seminar.

Indicative Assessment

  • Soil and land resource mapping report (30%; LO 1, 2)
  • Field trip reports (40%; LO 3, 4)
  • Discussion paper and seminar (30%; LO 2, 5)

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Workload

65 contact hours, comprising a combination of lectures, seminars, field work and practical sessions. 3 day field mapping camp will be held during October 2013.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6502 or SRES6502

Preliminary Reading

Charman, PV, and Murphy, BW (eds.), 2000, Soils: Their Properties & Management, (2nd edition), Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Jordan, C.F., 1998, Working with Nature, Harwood Academic Publishers.

McDonald, RC, Isbell, RF, Speight, JF, Walker, J and Hopkins, MS, Australian Soil and Land Survey: Field handbook, 2nd Ed, 1990, Inkata Press, Melbourne.

Assumed Knowledge

General science knowledge: a background in soils would be useful.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2520
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7540 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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