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GES2130 - Soils, Land Use and the Environment

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Meredith Orr


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Introduction to soils and their management. Topics include soil constituents and characteristics; Australian soil types and their formation; soil description, classification and mapping; physical causes of land degradation; and soil management issues. Practical and field work should enable students to describe and classify soils in the field, and identify the nature and causes of land degradation.


Written (2000 words): 40%
Examinations (2 hours): 50%
Practical work/fieldwork: 10%

Contact hours

4 hours per week (two lectures per week and one 2-hour practical per fortnight, plus one 2-day field trip)