VITICULT 2500WT - Viticultural Science II

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 or BIOLOGY 1001, & BIOLOGY 1202
    Assessment Exams and assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Vinay Pagay

    Dr Vinay Pagay (Course Coordinator)
    Dr Cassandra Collins
    Dr Matthew Gilliham
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A 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 Small group discovery project: 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.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Closed 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.

    Recommended Resources
    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 Learning
    It 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 ( 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 Modes
    This 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, Rootstocks

    PRACTICALS: Bud dissections, Setting Pruning Levels using Bud Dissections, Phenology & Fruitfulness, Vine Anatomy & Berry physiology, Mycorrhizas, Vine Water Relations

    PROJECT WORK: Small group discovery 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.

    TUTORIALS: Bud dissection, phenology and frutifulness, project presentation.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Some activities may need to be scheduled outside of the timetabled practicals.
  • 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
    Dissection quiz

    Week 2

    5% 1,5
    Mid term exam Summative Week 7 20% 1,5
    & Fruitfulness Report
    Formative & Summative Week 11 10% 1,5
    Biology Project
    Formative & Summative Week 12 20% 3,4,7,8
    Final Exam Summative Exam period 45% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Detail
    Bud dissection quiz:  In-class online quiz at the end of laboratory session in Week 2 to assess students' ability to identify bud structures and estimate potential yield. 

    Phenology & Fruitfulness report: Summary report (< 1000 words) on students’ measurements of phenological changes in selected varieties and their predicted frutifullness.

    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.

    Final written exam: Written 3 hour exam as short essays that integrates both lecture and practical material.

    No information currently available.

    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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