Crop Production - 2017

Unit summary

AGRO321

  • 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 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (50%) , Quiz - 4 x online quizzes worth 5% ea (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
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 was previously known as AGRO321 Crop and Pasture Management for Sustainable Agriculture.

This unit introduces students to the principles and processes of plant, soil and water interaction in the management of irrigated and dryland cropping and horticultural systems.

The unit involves lectures, laboratory and field activities, and covers two sections: (i) horticultural production systems including principles of orchard, vineyard, vegetable and flower management and nursery practices; and (ii) dryland and irrigated field crop production systems examining constraints to yield; integrated management of water, nutrients and weeds/pests/diseases for cereals, oilseeds, pulses, sugar and fibre crops.

On-campus students participate in a two-day tour that forms part of the practical component. Off-campus students attend the mandatory intensive school during which they participate in laboratory activities and field excursions.

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

  1. describe the constraints to, and potentials of, sustainable crop and pasture production systems;
  2. integrate general priciples ofsoil and plant processes for sustainable agricultural plant production (dryland and irrigated crops and horticultural species) practices;
  3. manage crops and horticultural systems for environmental, economic and social outcomes; and
  4. communicate effectively to others in written and verbal formats on issues relating to sustainability within the Agronomy discipline.
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz — 4 x online quizzes worth 5% ea (20%)
  • Report — Practical Report (15%)
  • Report1 — Practical Report (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Pastures
2Field crops
3Horticultural crops

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
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