Australian Landscapes, Regolith and Soils (8781.2)
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|Faculty Of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
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 outcomes1. 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.
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Prerequisites8101 Earth System Science OR 8538 Earth Surface Processes
Equivalent units6911 Australian Catchments
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All required reading and manuals are available electronically from the UC Library e-reserve
The text from the Earth Systems Science and Earth Surface Processes would be useful as this material is assumed knowledge for the Australian Landscapes, Regolith and Soils unit:
The Australian Physical Environment, Bridgman, Dragovich and Dodson, 2008.
Oxford University Press.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Extensions must be applied for before the due date.
Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances. Documentary evidence will be expected in order that an extension be granted.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convenor will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit convenor or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.
We will be providing immediate feedback to students during the workshop tests, and as such, have a policy of not providing opportunities for supplementary sittings. However, speak to the unit convenor if you miss a workshop test for medical reasons or substantial misadventure.
Special assessment requirements
Because the study of Australian Landscapes, Regolith and Soils is essentially field-based, students must complete and pass the field component of the course, as well as achieve an overall minimum grade of 50%, in order to pass this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
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Participation in Workshop and Field classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 80% of Workshops (e.g. at least 16 out of 20 classes) and both Field classes to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your Workshop class due to illness or unavoidable commitments, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible for assistance with a review of missed work.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software Word, Excel and PowerPoint or equivalent is necessary. It is expected that students have learned how to access resources in the UC library and to access the Unit's Moodle site.
Contribution to field expenses not exceeding $160 for all field trips in this unit
Work placement, internships or practicums
Learning in this unit will be integrally linked to experiences in professional contexts.
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Students are required to take responsibility and due care for their own safety and that of others during all outdoor activities. No dangerous items will be permitted on field trips.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit convenor is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
Research Led Education: This unit involves research-led education and the field component includes some work-integrated learning. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
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