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

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.

About this Unit
This unit will examine current interdisciplinary topics on land degradation and contamination in both urban, peri-urbanand 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

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

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