SOIL203-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Soil Fertility

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


Basic soil properties; soil formation and soils in the New Zealand landscape; soil chemical and physical properties which are important to sustainable land use and environmental protection; assessment of soil nutrient availability, particularly with respect to forests.

Students will develop an understanding of soil properties which are important to sustainable land use and environmental protection including soil formation, soils in the New Zealand landscape, soil physical properties, soil nutrient availability, nutrient cycling and assessment of soil fertility.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will:
  • Understand and be able to discuss differing soil properties;
  • Understand and be able to discuss sustainable land use and its role in environmental protection; and
  • Be able to practically apply their knowledge of soil nutrients in the context of plant growth


30 points from CHEM, GEOL, BIOL, FORE or by approval Chair Forestry Board of Studies



Timetable Note

Laboratories and tutorials are held at Lincoln University and other venues. Transport is provided by the School for this. Students will be provided with a schedule of dates and venues at the commencement of the course.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mid-Term Test 15%
Literature Review 15%
Lab Attendance 10% Attendance - 10 labs @ 1% each
Lab Test 15%
End-of-Year Exam 45%

A pass in this paper requires 50% or higher in total from the four component marks; plus
Satisfactory attendance and performance in the laboratory/tutorial section

Textbooks / Resources

Additional important references will be available on restricted loan and/or selected sections will be available on the SOIL203 Learn site. The following three references are particularly important:

Maclaren & Cameron. Soil Science: Sustainable Production and Environmental Protection (2nd Ed). Available from the University Bookshop.

Molloy, L., Christie, Q.R. & Hewitt, A.E. (1998). Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. New Zealand Society of Soil Science (2nd ed)

These publications are on the high-demand section at the Library.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $4,938.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 40

For further information see School of Forestry .

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