VITICULT 3044WT - Viticultural Methods and Procedures III

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The practices associated with the development and operation of a viticultural enterprise. This includes training in the monitoring of pests and diseases, soil and plant water and nutritional status; yield estimation; experimentation. Lecture topics include: biotechnology in viticulture, organic viticulture, advanced propagation techniques, use of growth regulators in viticulture, control of bird pests. Tutorial/practical sessions include: climatic assessment for vineyard site selection; principles and practices of vineyard operations including spray equipment calibration and spray application; pruning, training, trellis erection and repair, propagation, canopy management and other activities, vineyard monitoring - phonological stages, bud fruitfulness, physiological pruning, yield estimation, pests and diseases, soil and plant water status; computer-aided decision-making systems such as VineLogic and precision viticulture. This course includes visits to commercial vineyards and equipment suppliers.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VITICULT 3044WT
    Course Viticultural Methods and Procedures III
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VITICULT 2500WT or VITICULT 2002WT
    Incompatible VITICULT 3004 & VITICULT 3018
    Restrictions Available to B. Viticulture & Oenology students only
    Assessment Assignments, practical reports, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cassandra Collins

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Explain the theory behind pruning and propagation methods and describe how it applies in practice to grape production.
    2 Discuss aspects related to the establishment and re-development of vineyards.
    3 Explain the differences between vineyard management systems and how these differences relate to vineyard sustainability.
    4 Describe the methods used for pest and disease control in viticulture and understand their impact on grape production and quality.
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of how viticultural management can be used to manipulate fruit quality.
    6 Apply key principles and knowledge related to vineyard management to problem solving.
    7 Compose written scientific reports and keep detail lab books on the practical work and field trips undertaken.
    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
    2-3, 6-7
    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
    A laboratory notebook will be provided at the start of the semester and must be brought to each session. Students will need to provide their own lab coats and safety glasses to some sessions.

    Many practicals for this course are conducted in the vineyards on campus and on commerical properties. Students will need to provide their own clothing (including footwear) appropriate for the different weather conditions experienced in the vineyard.
    Recommended Resources
    Details of reference materials such as books and journal articles will be provided to students. Most of the items will be available in either the Woolhouse Library (University of Adelaide, Waite Campus) or the John Fonachon Memorial Library (AWRI, Waite precinct, WIC). Additional references will be given throughout the semester for those interested in learning more about topics covered in this course.
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course material is presented as a series of lectures, tutorials, practicals and field trips with written reports and a detailed lab book.

    Practicals and field trips allow for hands-on learning and reinforce the concepts covered in lectures and tutorials. A brief discussion session will often be conducted at the start of a practical to highlight areas requiring attention and to give students an opportuniyt to ask questions about the practical. In addition, demonstrators will assist with running the practicals and will be available to answer questions during the practical sessions. Laboratory notebooks and written reports required for assessment will need to be completed by the relevant due dates.

    Written reports are used to develop student's ability to present scientific information obtained from practical experimentation, with discussion of relevant background material and results. This allows students to learn the standards associated with preparing scientific results for dissemination, including appropriate use and adequate citation of relevant literature, presentation of results and thorough discussion of the significance of their findings.

    Many aspects of this course will be hosted by experts in the various fields from within the Australian wine industry, providing insightful knowledge of the viticultural methods and procedures currently used in industry.

    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
    Week         Type of learning activity        Topic                                                                                  
    Week 1 Lecture/Practical Theory of pruning , pruning systems, spur and cane pruning
    Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial/Practical Vineyard establishment and development, Physiological pruning 
    Week 3 Lecture/Practical Sustainability Programs, Alternative Varieties
    Week 4 Lecture/Practical Propagation techniques in Viticulture
    Week 5 Lecture/Online Test Bird Management, Relationship between management and wine quality
    Week 6 Field trip Field trip to Barossa Valley
    Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial/Practical Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture
    Week 8 Field trip Field trip to McLaren Vale
    Week 9 Lecture/Practical Vineyard Pests, Sprayer calibration
    Week 10 Lecture/Practical Vineyard Pests/Native Vegetation
    Week 11 Lecture/Field trip Grapevine diseases/Field trip to Pellenc
    Week 12 Lecture/Practical Grapevine diseases
    Specific Course Requirements
    A laboratory coat, enclosed footwear and safety glasses are mandatory for entry into the laboratories. Students must be aware of thier responsibilities when undertaking alcoholic beverage tastings and should moderate their own behaviour or they will be excluded from the tasting session(s).
  • 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 Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Physiological Pruning Project Formative and Summative

    Week 4

    10% 1,3,5-7
    Lab book and field trip exercises Formative and Summative Week 7-8 10% 1-6
    Online Test Summative Week 7-8 20% 1-6
    Lab book and field trip exercises   Summative Week 12 10% 1-6
    Final Written Exam  Summative Semester 2 Exam Period 50% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must achieve at least 50% of the available marks in practical and examination components to pass this course.

    There is no replacement/additonal assessment available for the practical and field trip components of the course. If a student does not meet the requirement of 50% of the available marks for this component they will fail the course.

    Attendance at all practical and field trip sessions is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Exam: (50% of total course marks). Three hour closed book exam encompassing topics covered in lectures, background reading, practicals, tutorials and field trips.

    Physiological pruning report: (10% of total course marks). Undertaken in small groups, class data used for an individual report which is submitted for assessment. No opportunity for replacement assessment.

    Online test: (20% of total course marks): Online test setup in MyUni which assesses key knowledge the first 5 weeks of lectures, practicals and tutorials presented in the semester.

    Lab books and field trip exercises (20% of total course marks): A detailed lab book containing details of all practicals, field trips, tutorials is kept throughout the semester. This is marked at two points in the semester (Week 7-8, and then again in Week 12).
    Practical assignments should be submitted through the relevant Turnitin Assignment set up in MyUni.

    Extensions of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes in accordance with the relevant policy (Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment). Evidence must be provided when an extension is requested. Where possible, 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.

    Feedback on assignments, usually in the form of written comments on the returned assignment, will be on a timescale commensurate with the time allowed for the students to complete the assignment.

    Late submission of assessments

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the 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 has been provided.
    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.

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