OENOLOGY 7560WT - Experience & Perspectives in the Wine Industry

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The Master of Viticulture and Oenology program provides students with opportunities to gain experience working in viticulture and/or winemaking placements. Students undertake 10 weeks? work experience, either in an approved viticultural enterprise, and/or in a commercial winery. The placement is normally a continuous 10-week block, taken during the vintage period of the particular region. Viticultural placements, however, may take place throughout the year, and can be composed of a series of discontinuous periods (totalling 10 weeks), enabling students to experience different vineyard practices throughout the year and gain a hands-on working understanding of the management systems and structures. Alternatively students may elect to undertake experience in commercial winery during the vintage period. At the completion of the placement, a specified level of proficiency and an understanding of the contribution of each of the major unit operations to the overall winemaking process are required. In addition students will receive lectures and workshops designed to allow the examination the current policies and issues confronting the Australian wine industry. This will provide insight into how critical Australian wine industry organisations address topics of societal importance, including marketing, wine advertising, brand development and alcohol and health in the international context.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OENOLOGY 7560WT
    Course Experience & Perspectives in the Wine Industry
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 10 weeks full time placement (off campus) plus up to 5 hours per week for 7 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites OENOLOGY 7047WT
    Incompatible OENOLOGY 7550WT
    Assumed Knowledge OENOLOGY 7520WT
    Restrictions Available to Master of Viticulture & Oenology students only
    Course Description The Master of Viticulture and Oenology program provides students with opportunities to gain experience working in viticulture and/or winemaking placements. Students undertake 10 weeks? work experience, either in an approved viticultural enterprise, and/or in a commercial winery. The placement is normally a continuous 10-week block, taken during the vintage period of the particular region. Viticultural placements, however, may take place throughout the year, and can be composed of a series of discontinuous periods (totalling 10 weeks), enabling students to experience different vineyard practices throughout the year and gain a hands-on working understanding of the management systems and structures. Alternatively students may elect to undertake experience in commercial winery during the vintage period. At the completion of the placement, a specified level of proficiency and an understanding of the contribution of each of the major unit operations to the overall winemaking process are required.
    In addition students will receive lectures and workshops designed to allow the examination the current policies and issues confronting the Australian wine industry. This will provide insight into how critical Australian wine industry organisations address topics of societal importance, including marketing, wine advertising, brand development and alcohol and health in the international context.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Grbin

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1.      
    Demonstrate competency in the key practical aspects of viticultural work
    in a commercial setting.

    AND/OR

    2.      
    Demonstrate competency in the work undertaken by a cellar staff in a
    commercial winery during the period of vintage.

     3.      
    Explain the principles behind either
    the practices that underpin a commercial viticultural operation. Students are
    required to reflect on practices undertaken in the vineyard.  This can include a first hand understanding of soil
    management, irrigation, pests and diseases, canopy management, pruning, and
    vine monitoring and further describe limitations and suggest improvements. Furthermore,
    the student should be able to evaluate the management strategy used by a
    viticultural enterprise.

    AND/OR

    4.      
    Explain the principles behind the
    practices that underpin practical winemaking during the period of vintage in a
    commercial winery. This can include a first hand
    understanding of grape harvest and vine monitoring, grape receival and
    weighbridge operations; grape and juice processing; fermentation and post
    fermentation operations, cellar management and quality control procedures and
    further describe limitations and suggest improvements. Furthermore, the student
    should be able to evaluate the processes by which a series of operations from
    grape harvest decisions to post-fermentation management of a selected wine are
    made by a commercial winery.

    5.      
    Explain the aims and objectives of the
    major grape and wine industry organisations.

    6.      
    Explain some of the issues that are
    currently before the industry. These may include topics such as alcohol abuse
    and its implications for health and society, the global positioning of
    Australian wine, the role and importance of the Australian Wine Show system,
    and emerging practices in grape growing and winemaking.

    7.      
    Develop high order report writing and
    presentations skills, including reflective analysis of placement experience in
    the context of industry issues.

    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)
    1,2,3,4,5,7
    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
    2,7
    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
    1,2,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3,4,5,6
    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
    5,6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Submission

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    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.

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