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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Dr Vanessa Wong



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Previously coded GES2130


Soils and vegetation are intimately related components of the natural environment which are critical to the development, maintenance and functioning of ecosystems. The soils and vegetation of Australia are quite different from those in other parts of the world as a result of their evolution in isolation and the distinct climatic and geological history of the continent. Lectures in this unit focus on the description, classification and historical development of Australian soils and vegetation as a basis for their conservation and management. The practical side of the unit is designed to develop students' familiarity with key vegetation and soil types in south-eastern Australia and their analysis.


On completion of this unit, students will have gained:

  1. practical, hands-on experience in the field description and laboratory analysis of vegetation and soils;
  2. the ability to identify key soil-forming materials and processes;
  3. the ability to explain the role of plants and vegetation in ecosystem functioning;
  4. the capacity to analyse interactions between Australia's unique soils and vegetation and to apply this knowledge to the future conservation and management of these resources.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, and one 2-day field trip in the semester

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