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AGR3903 Soil and Water Engineering Practice 2

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 21 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Rabi Misra
Moderator: Steven Raine

Synopsis

Agricultural and Environmental Engineers require a practical understanding of the processes governing soil and water behaviour in the environment. This course provides students with a practical introduction to the factors influencing soil formation and the techniques associated with the field description and classification of soils. Laboratory classes will be conducted to enable students to identify major factors influencing soil chemical and physical properties. Field measurement of important soil/water parameters and processes such as soil moisture content, infiltration, hydraulic conductivity and aquifer transmissivity will be undertaken. The course will also build on the hydraulics undertaken in the earlier soil and water practice course particularly in the areas of varied and unsteady flows.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing soil formation and the relationships between soils and landscapes;
  2. undertake the field description and classification of soils;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of basic laboratory testing procedures required in soil science;
  4. apply techniques for the evaluation of irrigation performance in the field;
  5. analyse data from a pumping test on a groundwater well and determine the transmissivity and storativity of an aquifer.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Soil formation, description and classification 25.00
2. Soil science testing procedures 30.00
3. Irrigation performance evaluation 25.00
4. Groundwater Hydraulics 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Chadwick, A & Morfett, J 2004, Hydraulics in civil and environmental engineering, 4th edn, E & FN Spon, London.
  • Isbell, RF 1996, The Australian soil classification, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.
  • Kruseman, GP & de Ridder, NA 1990, Analysis and evaluation of pumping test data, 2nd edn, Intern Inst for Land Reclamation and Improvement, Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • McDonald, RC, Isbell, RF, Speight, JG, Walker, J & Hopkins, MS 1990, Australian soil and land survey: field handbook, 2nd edn, Inkata Press, Melbourne.
  • Singer, MJ & Munns, DN 2002, Soils: an introduction, 5th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 4.00
Field Trips or Excursions 6.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 30.00
Report Writing 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
IRRIGATION & PUMP TEST REPORT 500 50 07 Oct 2013
SOIL FIELD & LAB REPORT 500 50 07 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must complete satisfactorily complete (as defined in statement 2) at least 80% of the practical and other activities.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing