AGRIC 1520WT - Agricultural Systems IB

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course will examine the specific characteristics of the cropping, livestock and horticultural industries in Australia. It will describe the structural characteristics of the industries, outline current best practice and the recent trends in production, marketing and trade. This course will complement the semester 1 course Agricultural Systems IA.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AGRIC 1520WT
    Course Agricultural Systems IB
    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, plus 4 day field trip
    Incompatible AGRIC 1000RW
    Course Description This course will examine the specific characteristics of the cropping, livestock and horticultural industries in Australia. It will describe the structural characteristics of the industries, outline current best practice and the recent trends in production, marketing and trade. This course will complement the semester 1 course Agricultural Systems IA.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Matthew Denton

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The anticipated knowledge and skills developed by the student on completion of the course are:

    1 The development of a basic understanding of cropping, pasture, livestock and horticultural industries in Australia.
    2 Development of skills in the monitoring and management of a field crop.
    3 Development of oral presentation skills.
    4 Development economic evaluation skills to evaluate the performance of farming systems.
    5 Investigate, collect and synthesise information to present data clearly.
    6 Development of the ability to work as an effective member of a team.

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students will be required to use MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    While not essential, a list of recommended resources include:

    Malcolm, B, Sale, P., and Egan, A. (2009). Agriculture in Australia: an Introduction (2nd edition) (Oxford University Press).

    Pratley,J.E. (2003) Principles of field crop production (Oxford University Press: Melbourne)

    Hall, J.A.S., Maschmedt, D., Billing, B. (2009) The soils of southern South Australia. SA Dept of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation.

    Henzell, Ted (2007). Australian Agriculture. Its History and Challenges. (CSIRO Publishing).
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • The course is based at both Waite and Roseworthy Campuses and will include lectures, practicals, tutorials and field trips.
    • There is also a compulsory 4-day tour that will be held during the first week of the mid-semester break.

    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

    No information currently available.

  • 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

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment task Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes / No) Outcomes being assessed
    Individual oral presentation 10% No 3
    Farm business planning report 10% No 4
    Crop monitoring report (2 parts, each worth 10%) 20% No 1,2,5,6
    Tour report 10% No 1,5
    Final examination 50% No 1,4

    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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