Agronomy of Grains Production - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Practical assignment (25%) , Assignment 2 - Short answer assessment (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,243.00
International 3,493.00

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

This unit provides students with an understanding of the major agronomic aspects necessary for the sustainable production of pulse grains crops in Australia. Topics include a grains industry overview, crop morphology and physiology, plant breeding and adaptation, plant nutrition, soil characterisation, health and management, tillage systems, water management and precision agriculture.

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

  1. demonstrate broad and coherent technical and theoretical knowledge of the Australian grains industry as it stands and likely future trends;
  2. knowledgeably discuss crop development and physiology and the principles of plant breeding for the major Australian grain crops;
  3. apply the principles of plant nutrition and be able to design appropriate fertilizer strategies for the major grain crops;
  4. present a clear, coherent characterisation of soils and describe the effects of tillage, crop rotations and water management on soil health for grain production; and
  5. demonstrate initiative and judgement in the ability to use decision-support tools to independently evaluate available information and plan specific needs of a farming system.
  • Assignment 1 — Practical assignment (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Short answer assessment (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Includes Placement — This unit includes a field/work placement in Toowoomba for northern NSW and QLD students. For southern NSW, VIC and SA students the location has yet to be decided

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Industry overview
2Breeding and biotechnology
3Crop morphology and physiology
4Soil characterisation, health and management
5Tillage systems
6Plant nutrition
7Water management
8Precision agriculture

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