OENOLOGY 7540WT - Engineering for Viticulture & Oenology

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course aims to provide students with an overview of engineering concepts and applications used in viticulture and wine production. Topics covered within viticulture include irrigation system design, vineyard automation and emerging technologies. Engineering topics related to wine production include: winery design, mass and energy balances, fluid and heat transfer systems, solid separation processes, refrigeration and instrumentation. Practical sessions provide students with an opportunity to apply engineering principles to vineyard and winery operations. Application of experimental design methodologies and engineering process economics is also addressed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OENOLOGY 7540WT
    Course Engineering for Viticulture & Oenology
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VITICULT 7002WT, OENOLOGY 7028WT
    Course Description This course aims to provide students with an overview of engineering concepts and applications used in viticulture and wine production. Topics covered within viticulture include irrigation system design, vineyard automation and emerging technologies. Engineering topics related to wine production include: winery design, mass and energy balances, fluid and heat transfer systems, solid separation processes, refrigeration and instrumentation. Practical sessions provide students with an opportunity to apply engineering principles to vineyard and winery operations. Application of experimental design methodologies and engineering process economics is also addressed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Muhlack

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Appraise aspects of vineyard irrigation design and scheduling;
    2. Describe the application of vineyard automation and advanced technology including robotics and vineyard instrumentation;
    3. Explain how fundamental principles of process engineering are applied to viticulture and wine production;
    4. Apply engineering methodology and safe work practices to winery cellar operations;
    5. Measure and analyse experimental data and observed phenomena;
    6. Communicate experimental findings and associated conclusions/recommendations via written scientific reports;
    7. Employ experimental design principles to assess economic and technical improvement opportunities associated with the operation of a vineyard or winery.
    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)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    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
    1, 4, 5, 6, 7
    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
    4, 5, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    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
    4, 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
    4, 6, 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered in the following means:

    2 lectures of 1 hour plus 1 hour of tutorial per week plus 9x4 hours of practical sessions throughout the course.

    Lectures are supported by formative tutorials which reinforce student knowledge in each of the subject areas addressed by the course. Formative practical sessions provide students with a hands-on demonstration of application of the course material, together with the opportunity to participate in group learning “in the field” (vineyard and/or winery). Two individual and one group project allow students to apply course learning to set topics of research interest and industry relevance.

    Workload

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

    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/Tutorial Topics                                                                                                                                    

    Material balances & Solid/Fluid Transfer Systems
    Energy balances & Heat Transfer Systems
    Solid-liquid separation – Centrifugation, Filtration & Membranes
    Electrical Systems, Refrigeration and Winery Instrumentation
    Winery designEngineering Experimental Design
    Process Economics and Optimisation
    Vineyard Spatial Maping & Remote Sensing
    Irrigation systems design
    Vineyard automation – harvesting, pruning
    Advanced vineyard technology – robotics, berry sorting, fruit processing, instrumentation

    Practicals – Winery (week 1-8)                                                                                                                   
    As these are large scale practicals, each practical will be set up weekly in the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory as a “practical station”. Student small groups will be rotated through each practical station on a roster basis (determined by the Course Coordinator) throughout the semester. This is to provide each small group with practical hands-on experience of important winery engineering operations that encourages discovery and reinforces learning outcomes.
     
    Winery design                                                                                                              
    Grape processing and fluid transfer                                                                               
    Refrigeration and Heat transfer                                                                                      
    Filtration                                                                                                                      
    Electrical systems and instrumentation                                                                          
    Process Improvement      

    Practicals – Vineyard (week 9-12)
    Irrigation design & vineyard instrumentation
    Vineyard automation
    Advanced vineyard technologies
    Specific Course Requirements
    Clothing restrictions apply for laboratory and winery work. A laboratory coat, enclosed footwear and safety glasses are mandatory for entry into the laboratories. Enclosed footwear, high visibility vest and hard hat are required when working in the University winery.
  • 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 Type of Assessment Percentage of total
    assessment for
    grading purposes
    Hurdle Yes/No Learning outcome
    Final exam Summative 40% Yes 1-7
    Individual Project Reports Formative and Summative 20% No 1-7
    Group Project report Formative and Summative 20% No 1-7
    Online Quiz Summative 10% No 1-5
    S-component Formative and Summative 10% No 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment item
    with hurdle
    % needed or requirement
    to meet hurdle
    Is additional assessment available if student does
    not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
    Details of additional
    assessment, if available
    Final exam 50% Yes Replacement exam
    Assessment Detail
    Final Exam (40%)
    A 3 hour final summative exam (consisting of short and long answer questions) will be given at the end of the semester to ensure summative knowledge of all course material (lectures, background reading and practicals). Due to the practical and industry focused nature of this course, students must achieve at least 50% of the available marks in the final exam to pass the course. This is to ensure mastery of core Discipline elements relevant to professional practice.
     
    Individual Project Reports (20%)
    Students will prepare two 1000 word individual project reports based on practical work (with project topics to be selected by the Course Coordinator from the list of practical components taught in this course) which will be submitted in week 4 (formative report) and week 12 (summative report) respectively. These individual reports will each be worth 10% of the total course mark (ie 20% overall for individual project reports).

    Group Project Report (20%)
    Students will work in their winemaking groups to prepare a 2500 word (maximum) project report (with project topics to be selected by the Course Coordinator from the list of practical components taught in this course) which will be submitted in week 9.  A single report is to be handed up by the group and all group members will receive the same mark, worth 90% of the total for this assessment item. The remaining 10% of the total mark for this assessment item will be from a group peer assessment.
     
    Online quiz (10%)
    Submitted via MyUni, the quiz can be accessed multiple times once available, until the due date in approximately week 8. Covers material from the weeks preceding the quiz.

    S-component (10%)
    Case Study – Summative report and formative presentation. Each student will choose and analyse a winery process improvement strategy from a set list. The case study will be presented in class as a formal presentation with an accompanying short written
    critique





    Submission
    Late Submission
    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 the assignment 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 late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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