Identification and Adaptation of Agricultural Plants - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Final Theory Examination (40%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - Theory Test (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,017.00
International 3,267.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

This unit was previously known as AGRO211 Ecology and Adaption of Agricultural Plants.

Without green plants we would neither breathe nor eat. Of the billions of tons of food the world consumes each year, the bulk comes from agricultural plants, which synthesise it out of air and soil with the help of sunlight. The remainder comes from animal products, which in turn are derived from plants. In this unit the student will become familiar with the recognition, ecology and adaptation of a wide range of agriculturally important plants, including pasture, crop and weed species. In particular students' will learn how to identify these plants and to understand in what ways they are adapted to soils and the climatic environment. The principles of how these plants interact with one another will also be addressed.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the subject by identifying and/or recognising a range of agriculturally important plant specimens and be able to name them (both common and botanical names);
  2. demonstrate a broad knowledge of related plants and their uses, communicating this information to others verbally and in written forms;
  3. show a broad understanding of the ecology of weed, crop and pasture species and their interactions and the regions to which they are adapted across Australia;
  4. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the origin of a wide range of species and transmit this information to others; and
  5. analyse and evaluate information that will demonstrate a broad understanding of the genetic differences between plants and the opportunities that exist for plant improvement in Australia.
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Theory Examination (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Theory Test (10%)
  • Practical Exam — Two practical examinations (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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  • Some on campus attendance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Botany - identification and recognition of important agricultural plant families
2Weeds - ecology and adaptation
3Crops - major industries, adaptations, establishment, water use, fertility and cropping systems
4Pastures - history, species adaptations, distribution, rangelands, breeding and selection

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Grasses of NSW

    By:Jacobs Et Al

    ISBN: 9781921208225


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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