- Code ENVS6302
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
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.
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.
- 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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65 contact hours, comprising a combination of lectures, seminars, field work and practical sessions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
General science knowledge: a background in soils would be useful.
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