VITICULT 3021WT - Viticultural Science III

Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

Viticultural Science III follows on from concepts acquired in Viticultural Science II covering the entire life cycle of the cultivated grapevine. Topics covered in this course include; climate change and its impact on viticulture, berry development and harvesting post-veraison, principles behind the establishment of a viticultural enterprise comprising site selection, choice of planting material, the design and establishment of the vineyard and trellising and canopy management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VITICULT 3021WT
    Course Viticultural Science III
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week plus additional classes prior to the start of Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VITICULT 2500WT
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology students only
    Course Description Viticultural Science III follows on from concepts acquired in Viticultural Science II covering the entire life cycle of the cultivated grapevine. Topics covered in this course include; climate change and its impact on viticulture, berry development and harvesting post-veraison, principles behind the establishment of a viticultural enterprise comprising site selection, choice of planting material, the design and establishment of the vineyard and trellising and canopy management.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cassandra Collins

    A/Prof Cassandra Collins  email: Rm. 1.202 Plant Research Centre
    Prof Matthew Gilliham email:
    Dr Vinay Pagay  email:
    Mr Benjamin Pike email:
    Dr Roberta De Bei email:

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lecture time and location: O-Week: (Mon, Thurs, Fri) 8:30 am-11:00 am - Charles Hawker, 130, McLeod Lecture Theatre

    Week 1 onwards: (Mon) 9:00 am -11:00 am - Charles Hawker, 117, Lecture Room 5

    Practicum and tutorial time and location: O-Week: Charles Hawker G9, G18 and G2 and Southern Barns G2 Wine Sensory Lab See appropriate date and location below Week 1 onwards: (Tues) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Southern Barn
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    1 Understand the growth cycle of the grapevine and the biology that underpins different phenological stages. 
    2 Understand grapevine physiology as it is relevant to berry development and ripening.
    3 Apply techniques to monitor grapevine phenological developmental yield
    potential, canopy modification (pruning) and variety identification.
    4 Understand the taxonomy of grapevines and the characteristics of fruiting varieties.
    5 Employ basic vineyard management practices.
    6 Identify and develop vineyard sites in relation to the predicted changes in climate.
    7 Understand the processes involved in the planning, conduct and execution of experimental work.
    8 Describe the role of biotechnology in modern viticultural production.
    9 Work effectively as part of a team and to communicate their
    understanding and experimental results both verbally and in written

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required reading materials and background information will be identified in lecture.

    Each lecture will be audio recorded with the associated Power Point presentation and placed on MyUni. All lectures will be available as a PDF file on MyUNI either before or on the day of the lecture. It will be the students responsibility to attend all lectures and prac classes to ensure they receive the appropriate notes and instruction. Lectures or practicums are not repeated.
    Recommended Resources
    • Iland, P., Dry, P., Proffitt, T., Tyerman, S. 2011. The Grapevine – from the science to the practice of growing vines for wine. (
    • Dry, P.R. and Coombe, B.G. (eds) (2004) Viticulture, Volume 1 Resources, 2nd edition (Winetitles, Adelaide) 255 pp
    • Ronald S. Jackson : Wine Science: Principles and Applications (Food Science and Technology). Academic Press Inc.
    Online Learning
    Audio/PPT recordings of lectures will be avaialble via MyUNi, updated at the completeion of each lecture.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course consists of an intensive one-week lecture and practicum program in early February to capture vintage related activities followed by weekly lectures and practicals offered on selected weeks across the semester. The lectures will provide background content while the practicums have been designed to strengthen concepts first identified in lecture and to introduce hands on viticultural-based experience.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Title

    Berry Anatomy
    Acids & Sugars
    Potassium, Nitrogen and Phenols
    Harvest and Quality
    Biotechnology in viticulture
    Site Selection
    Climate Change
    Canopy Management
    Viticulture (Australia and International)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Ability to attend intensive one week practical and lecture program in early February.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    A small group discovery experience will occur in the team approach to the site selection and climate change project.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Variety Identification Quiz Summative 15% 3,4
    Lab Prac Report Summative 15% 2,3,7,9
    Site Selection Formative - group project 20% 1,3,4,5,6,9
    Final Exam Summative 50% 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
    Practical attendance Pass or Fail 1,2,3,4,5,7,9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Practical attendance is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Lab Prac Report – Formal laboratory report on the berry development and analysis practicums. Reports will be prepared and assessed individually but will contain data collected in a group setting.

    Variety Identification Exam – Summative exam which requires students to identify grapevine varieties based on fruit and leaf samples.

    Site Selection – Development of a formal detailed report, which highlights the suitability of a potential vineyard site within Australia. The report will be an individual submission.

    Exams – There is one final exam worth 50% of your final mark.
    Assignment details will be discussed in lectures and or labs and will be provided electronically via MyUni. Each assignment must be submitted electronically as a PDF using turnitin facility on the MyUNi site within the course pages.

    All assignments must be submitted by no later than 9:00 am (CST-Adelaide) of the deadline date. There will be a penalty of 10% of the total mark for each day (or part of a day) that an assignment is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the total mark. The examiner may elect not to accept any assignment that a student wants to submit after the assignments for the rest of the class have been marked and feedback provided.

    Extensions of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Extensions of deadlines should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the assignment is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.