|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agriculture and Environmental Science|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Course fee schedule :||https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules|
|Version produced :||27 January 2023|
The ongoing human population growth places more pressure on available land resources both in urban and rural settings. Coupled with technological advances which enable us to access land resources to a greater extent, this growth potentially leads to the degradation of land resources. Hence, it has become increasingly important that professionals in arts, science, education, engineering, surveying, GIS and urban and regional planning have a knowledge of physical land resources and natural resources management to ensure adherence to sound land resource management practices to attain environmental, social and economic sustainability.
This course introduces the physical land resources of geology, soils, landform, climate, vegetation and fauna; the need for and the principles of resource management and ecosystem operation; and the major causes of land degradation (physical, chemical and biological). It also includes an introduction to the purpose of and methods involved in undertaking land resource surveys and land evaluations. An important tool in land resource management, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), is perused in detail to ensure applicable knowledge of the processes and legislative requirements associated with EIA.