Course Title: The Soil Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Soil Environment

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1012

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ENVI1012

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr David Faulkner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2623

Course Coordinator Email: david.faulkner@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 3 level 2 Room 6

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments can be organised by phone or email.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed ENVI1142, ENVI1146, CHEM1014, CHEM1015, ENVI1008, before you commence this course.

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.


Course Description

This course forms an integral part of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding earth system processes and the connections that exist between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. In this course you will study the origin, characteristics and classification of Australian soils and subsequently study how Australian soil landscape has been impacted by human settlement.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

After successfully completing this course you will be able to: 

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the Australian soil landscape; 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the chemical, physical and biological components of Australian soils; 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the causes and effects of human impacts on Australian soils; 
  • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;
  • collect, accurately record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data you have collected yourself or sourced from the literature;
  • be an independent and self-directed learner;
  • work effectively, responsibly, ethically and safely in an individual or team context.


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 7: 

  • Understanding science. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of environmental science.
  • Scientific knowledge. Exhibit depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge. 
  • Inquiry and problem solving. Critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science.
  • Communication. Be an effective communicator of environmental sciences.
  • Personal and professional responsibility. Be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science. 



 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are: 

  • attendance at timetabled lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained using a range of presentation techniques;
  • participation in field work and excusions to relevent locations around Melbourne; 
  • completion of assigned work and written structured field reports prepared on the basis of instruction provided prior to the activities requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the coursework as presented in classes and other learning materials, and gaining prcatice at analysing data in order to understand Australian soil landscapes 



 


Overview of Learning Resources

Resources for this course will be provided in the form of on-line materials, and relevent reference sources which will be listed in lecture materials and discussed in lectures.  A number of texts and key land resources reports will also be used as recommended reading materials.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course consists of:

  • An Assignment which will test your ability to: 
    • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources which contribute to land resources information contained in State of the Environment Reports;
    • be an independent and self-directed learner. 
  • Field Work reports, which will assess your ability to: 
    • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;
    • collect, accurately record, interpret, and draw conclusions from scientific data on Australian soils;
    • be an independent and self-directed learner;
    • work effectively, responsibly, ethically and safely in an individual or team context. 
  • An end of semester examination/test, which will test your ability to: 
    • demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of Australian soil landscapes;
    • demonstrate knowledge that soil science interdisciplinary connections with other sciences;
    • gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources; 
    • be an independent and self-directed learner.