VITICULT 2500WT - Viticultural Science II
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code VITICULT 2500WT Course Viticultural Science II 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 Assumed Knowledge OENOLOGY 1018NW & BIOLOGY 1101 & 1202 Course Description Viticultural Science II covers the entire life cycle of the cultivated grapevine with an emphasis on the phases of production covering dormancy, bud break, flowering and fruit development prior to veraison. Topics covered include: The growth cycle of the grapevine and the biology that underpins the different phenological stages; physiology as it is relevant to growth and vine form, flowering, water use, drought and salt stress, mineral nutrition, and berry development; anatomy of the vegetative and reproductive parts; taxonomy of grapevines and vegetative variety identification. Practical sessions will focus in more depth on the following topics: pruning techniques, vine and bud anatomy, shoot based variety identification, shoot morphology and development, yield estimation, and mineral nutrition.
Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Tyerman
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student should be able to:
1 Describe the growth cycle of the grapevine and the biology that underpins the different phenological stages. 2 Understand the taxonomy of grapevines. 3 Understand grapevine physiology as it is relevant to: mineral nutrition, water use, photosynthesis and ripening. 4 Describe grapevine anatomy of the vegetative and reproductive parts. 5 Use techniques to monitor grapevine phenological development and yield potential. 6 Understand the role of biotechnology in viticulture. 7 Plan, conduct and execute a basic project on grapevine physiology or anatomy with reference to background literature. 8 Work effectively as part of a team and to communicate their understanding and experimental results both verbally and in written form.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 7,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7,8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7,8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Required ResourcesClosed in footwear must be worn in the vineyard and laboratory at all times (nobare-feet, open-toed sandals etc). Safety goggles must be worn when undertakingwork in the vineyard and when required in the laboratory. It is strongly recommended that in the vineyard hats and sunglasses are worn. In the laboratory lab coats must beworn for personal safety from accidental spills. It is the students’ responsibility toprovide their own laboratory coat.
Iland P, Dry P, Proffit T and Tyerman S (2011) The Grapevine: from the science tothe practice of growing vines for wine, 310 pp, ISBN: 978-0-9581605-5-1 (One copyin reserve)
Online LearningIt is important that all students maintain active communication channels throughout the year. The primary communication channels to students in this course are as follows:
MyUni: Students should regularly login to MyUni via the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/) for important course-related announcements. All teaching materials, past examination papers and course documentation will be posted on this site.
Lecture notes on MyUni: Lectures will normally be made available on-line on the Myunisite (complete or selected components of them, depending on the lecturer). However, it will be the students’ responsibility to attend all lectures and prac classes to ensure they take the appropriate notes and instruction.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 4 hour practical (or equivalent project work) per week,
2 x 1 hour tutorials (in Lecture time slot)
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
LECTURES: Taxonomy of the grapevine family, Bud dormancy, Inflorescence initiation and development, Flowering & set, Bud burst and shoot growth, Grapevine structure, Vine Physiology (Water and the Vine), Vine Physiology (Carbon capture), Vine Physiology (Carbon use), Vine Physiology (Salinity), Vine Physiology (Vine Nutrition), Vine Improvement, Wine Sc. Biotechnology
PRACTICALS: Bud dissections, Setting Pruning Levels using Bud Dissections, Phenology & Fruitfulness, Vine Anatomy & Berry physiology, Mycorrhizas, Vine Water Relations
PROJECT WORK: Group projects selected by students from a list of projects and facilitated by academic mentors. Students get to use techniques available in research labs and glasshouse grown vines for their small group discovery projects projects.
TUTORIALS: Bud dissection, phenology and frutifulness, project presentation.
Specific Course RequirementsSome activities may need to be scheduled outside of the timetabled practicals.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAs a viticulturalist or even a wine maker of the future, you may be tasked with designing, analysing and interpreting various ‘experiments’. This research might be for objectives as varied as knowing what rate of pesticide to put on vines to what type of yeast to put in your fermentation. In Viticultural Science II you will learn about various factors (such as water stress, salinity, mineral status ) and their impact on the vine at a physiological, anatomical, molecular and/or phenological level. The group research project will provide you with experience in the development and implementation of research to study one of these aspects of viticultural science. We regard this as a small group discovery experience.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Bud
Formative or Summative
5% 1,5 Mid term exam Summative Week 7 20% 1,5 Phenology
& Fruitfulness Report
Formative & Summative Week 10 15% 1,5 Vine
Biology Project (Poster)
Formative Week 12 20% 3,4,7,8 Final Exam Summative Exam period 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assessment DetailBud dissection report: 1000-1500 word report with Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Marking rubric presented to students in course information booklet.
Phenology & Fruitfulness report: 2000-2500 word report (set out as above) on students’ measurements of phonological changes in selected varieties and their predicted frutifullness. Marking rubric presented to students in course information booklet.
Mid-term exam: on components of the lecture material as an open book exam, in MyUni presented as multiple choice and short answer questions.
Vine biology report: Group project work over 4-5 practical sessions is presented as a poster by each student. This is displayed in a practical session so that all students may examine the work from other groups. The student lab notebook is also collected as part of the assessment. Marking rubric presented to students in course information booklet.
Final written exam: Written 3 hour exam as short essays that integrates both lecture and practical material.
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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
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