OENOLOGY 7540WT - Engineering for Viticulture & Oenology
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Dr Richard Muhlack
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Appraise aspects of vineyard irrigation design and scheduling;
- Describe the application of vineyard automation and advanced technology including robotics and vineyard instrumentation;
- Explain how fundamental principles of process engineering are applied to viticulture and wine production;
- Apply engineering methodology and safe work practices to winery cellar operations;
- Measure and analyse experimental data and observed phenomena;
- Communicate experimental findings and associated conclusions/recommendations via written scientific reports;
- 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 ModesThis 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.
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 SummaryLecture/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.
Grape processing and fluid transfer
Refrigeration and Heat transfer
Electrical systems and instrumentation
Practicals – Vineyard (week 9-12)
Irrigation design & vineyard instrumentation
Advanced vineyard technologies
Specific Course RequirementsClothing 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.
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Assessment SummaryDue to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
Assessment task Type of Assessment Percentage of total
Hurdle Yes/No Learning outcome Final exam Summative 40% Yes 1-7 Individual Project Report Formative and Summative 15% No 1-7 Group Project report Formative and Summative 25% No 1-7 Online Quiz Summative 10% No 1-5 S-component Formative and Summative 10% No 1-7
Assessment Related Requirements
% 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 DetailFinal 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).
Individual Project Report - Vineyard Tech (15%)
Students will prepare an individual project report (approx. 1500 words) on a Vineyard Ag-Tech Innovation, which will be submitted in week 5.
Group Project Report - Winery Design (25%)
Students will work in groups to prepare a 2500 word project report detailing results of the group’s winery energy audit and associated winery design, which will be submitted in week 13. A single report is to be handed up by the group and all group members will receive the same mark.
Online quiz (10%)
Submitted via MyUni, the quiz can be accessed multiple times once available, until the due date in approximately week 10. Covers material from the weeks preceding the quiz.
Each student will research a winery process improvement technology innovation, which is to be presented by the student as a video submission with an accompanying short written critique (500 words).
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.
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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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