Unit

School Of Science

Land Degradation and ContaminationWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301273.1

Discipline: SOIL SCIENCE

Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Jason Reynolds


Assumed Knowledge
A basic understanding of scientific enquiry including the periodic table, equilibria, and pH. Introductory statistics including mean, standard deviation, and distributions.


Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 20 credit points at Level 2.


Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - DAY  Jason Reynolds  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit will examine current interdisciplinary topics on land degradation and contamination in both urban, peri-urban and rural environments. The effects of the various human induced land degradation and contamination processes and pollutants in terrestrial environments will be explored and how impacts can be ameliorated and managed. The focus is on both the science of environmental pollutants and on the remediation strategies currently available. Topics include; basic concepts of soils, study of the processes, common soil pollutants, persistent organic contaminants and pesticides, acidification of soils, quantitative risk assessment, land reclamation, and landfill sites. Field trips to degraded and contaminated sites will be undertaken.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Safety glasses and laboratory coat, laboratory book, enclosed footwear


Courses
2743.11Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of LawsCURRENT
3754.1Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT
3756.1Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)CURRENT
3757.1Bachelor of Advanced ScienceCURRENT
3763.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of ArtsCURRENT
3764.1Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of International StudiesCURRENT
4748.3Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of BusinessCURRENT
6043.1Diploma in Science/Bachelor of ScienceCURRENT


Specialisations

MT3018.1Environmental FuturesCONTINUING
MT3031.1Environmental HealthCURRENT




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