AGRI11001 - Soil and Irrigation Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the fundamentals of soil and irrigation systems. You will learn how soil properties affect crop growth; how management strategies can be applied to manage variable soil conditions; how to interpret soil analytical data and how to develop soil improvement programs. The unit will show you how different growing conditions define management options and how a range of irrigation systems can be used to increase production.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Enjoyed the unit and particularly the Residential School
We shall strive to improve the delivery of this unit and make it even more enjoyable to students. The residential school activities will be refined to make them more engaging and clearer.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator made deliberate efforts to improve the delivery of the unit including the Residential School activities. For instance, a soil biology session was introduced during Residential School. This proved to be very engaging to the students.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Exemplars were provided to help with assessments
The assessments will be explained better and exemplars will be provided.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator provided exemplars and explained the assessment requirements multiple times during lectures/tutorials.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
More emphasis on basic sciences (especially biology) is required.
Basic sciences (biology and chemistry) will be embedded in the first four lectures and tutorials (first four weeks of term). A good understanding of basic sciences is crucial in this unit.
Action Taken
The relevant concepts of biology, physics and chemistry were incorporated into the teaching of the first three modules of the unit (first three weeks).
Source: Moodle Have Your Say
Enjoyed the unit, particularly demonstrations in lectures and the Residential School activities.
Staff should strive to continue to improve the delivery of this unit and make it even more enjoyable to students.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Have Your Say
Three assessments were due within two weeks (Week 11 and Review/Exam Week), making it harder for some students to complete them by the due date.
Consider spreading out assessments over the 12-week duration of the term where possible.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of soil testing results in order to describe different soil types
  2. Explain how soil properties determine production opportunities
  3. Develop, monitor and review soil amendment practices
  4. Determine the feasibility of using or upgrading irrigation systems
  5. Develop and evaluate an appropriate irrigation plan.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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