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Australian Landscapes, Regolith and Soils (8781.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
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Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science



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    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (153936) - View
    • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (147024) - View

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    This unit introduced students from a range of backgrounds to methods for observing and investigating landscapes and their critical components of regolith, soil and water. It provides a framework for understanding landscape evolution and regolith development, particularly in the Australian context. It introduces management issues at the catchment scale. The unit covers the topics of landscape description and analysis; water in the landscape; landscape hazards; description and characterisation of soils and regolith; soil physics and soil chemistry; soil erosion and remediation; physiochemical hazards in the critical zone; whole of catchment (WOC) analysis; planning and environmental management of catchments. Practical activities will relate to sites being investigated by industry and government organisations to ensure professional relevance of the learning.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. identify key characteristics and features of different landscapes, regolith materials basic soil types, basic landscape and regolith forming processes, various controls on landscape evolution, controls on regolith/soil development, and the relationships between landscape, regolith and surface and ground water hydrology;

    2. make assessments of landscape features and regolith/soils at the landscape scale, in terms of, physical and chemical processes, relationship to other environmental aspects, surface stability, potential hazards and management issues;

    3. demonstrate skills in communication and team work through group projects related to the practical components of the unit.

    Contact Hours

    2x2 hour Workshops for 10 weeks and 2x2 day field trips.


    8101 Earth System Science OR 8538 Earth Surface Processes

    Equivalent Units

    6911 Australian Catchments

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