PLANT SC 3530WT - Food Production in a Future Climate III

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Students will develop an appreciation for the complexity of natural resource management issues and their impact on agricultural production and societal change. This will be achieved by providing an in-depth understanding of the impacts of global climate change on plant growth with specific focus on how climate change is likely to affect food production. Crops and agricultural systems of particular importance to Australian agricultural and horticultural production will be closely examined. The course will highlight the importance of understanding the mechanisms by which a changing climate will affect plant performance and food production. Changing phenology, plant species range shifts, changing pest pressure and variation in yield will be explored in the context of climate change. This course integrates concepts of physiology, biochemistry, genetics, agronomy, and pest management gained by students in previous courses thus developing an in-depth understanding of the drivers of climate change and how future prediction models are generated. Students will develop skills in critical analysis of data and literature to enable them to make informed decisions relating to future food production.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PLANT SC 3530WT
    Course Food Production in a Future Climate III
    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
    Prerequisites CHEM 1100 or CHEM 1101, PLANT SC 2510 or ENV BIOL 2500
    Incompatible AGRIC 3510WT
    Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level I Biology
    Course Description Students will develop an appreciation for the complexity of natural resource management issues and their impact on agricultural production and societal change. This will be achieved by providing an in-depth understanding of the impacts of global climate change on plant growth with specific focus on how climate change is likely to affect food production. Crops and agricultural systems of particular importance to Australian agricultural and horticultural production will be closely examined. The course will highlight the importance of understanding the mechanisms by which a changing climate will affect plant performance and food production. Changing phenology, plant species range shifts, changing pest pressure and variation in yield will be explored in the context of climate change. This course integrates concepts of physiology, biochemistry, genetics, agronomy, and pest management gained by students in previous courses thus developing an in-depth understanding of the drivers of climate change and how future prediction models are generated. Students will develop skills in critical analysis of data and literature to enable them to make informed decisions relating to future food production.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Beth Loveys

    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. Describe how the climate is changing and explain the natural and anthropogenic causes for climate variation.
    2. Understand the concepts and limitations in the global climate models that are used to predict future climate scenarios.
    3. Describe how climate change impacts on key plant processes such as phenology, photosynthesis, respiration and growth.
    4. Understand the implications of changing climate on plant production in a range of cropping systems.
    5. Apply knowledge about the response of plants to climate change to specific agricultural and horticultural species and predict the production outcomes or the locations best suited for production systems in future climate scenarios.
    6. Source and critically analyse relevant peer reviewed literature.
    7. Communicate aspects of climate change science to their peers in accessible language.
    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)
    1-7
    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
    4-7
    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
    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
    5
    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
    n/a
    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
    6,7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The course will be delivered internally and will be offered on a single day. Each day will consist of:

    1. Lecture composed of 2 seminars of 1 hour each- the first two weeks of lectures will provide basic background information. The lectures in the following ten weeks will be delivered by AFW academics and also 2-4 guest lecturers from our co-located partners.

    2. Workshop of 2 hours- the focus of workshops will be accessing, analysing and critiquing relevant scientific literature. Students will work in groups over several sessions to summarise a paper of their choice to present to the class.

    3. Practical session of 2 hours- practicals will be supported by interactive, online modules to prepare students for practical classes. Practicals will take advantage of the orchards and vineyards at the Waite and will allow students to manipulate and observe plant responses to variable climate.
    Workload

    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
    The seminars, workshops and practicals in this course aim to provide students with an advanced understanding of the theory and evidence of climate change and the broad impacts that climate change will have on plant production systems. Examples specific to the Australian plant production context will be of central importance but as climate change is an issue that impacts globally international examples and experiences will also be used. The seminars will provide students with core and current knowledge delivered by experts in their respective fields. Consistency of delivery will be provided by UofA academic staff but experts from partner institutions will also contribute. Workshops are designed to provide students will the opportunity to source, discuss and critically evaluate published literature. Practical sessions will allow students to manipulate plant systems experimentally and using techniques and instruments commonly used by researchers in fields of plant science students will measure the response of plants to environmental variables. Practicals will give students’ first-hand, applied experience of the scientific research process required to assess the impacts of climate change on plant production systems.
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
  • 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 or Not Outcomes being assessed/achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Literature Review and Workshop Participation Formative and Summative 20% No 1,4 and 6 Week 7 / Post day 13
    Annotated Bibliography Formative 10% No 1.4 and 6 Continual
    Practical report Summative 20% No 3,4 Week 9 / Post day 13
    Online Pre-prac activities Formative and Summative 15% No 1,5 Week 4,6,10
    Final exam Summative 35% No 1-7 Exam period
    Assessment Detail
    Literature review and workshop participation (20%) The workshops will provide scaffolding of student’s ability and skill to find, interpret and critically evaluate scientific literature. Students will select a topic on which to focus their literature review (1500 words), and they will be asked to keep a running list of the journal articles they have sourced for their review as a journal entry on MyUni. By week 4, staff will provide feedback to students about the appropriateness of the articles they have chosen. The review will be due in week 7 of semester and will be submitted as a Turnitin assignment. Marks and feedback will be available 2-3 weeks after submission.
    Annotated Bibliography (10%)
    Students will collect papers, webpages, books and other literature relevant to their chosen topic for their literature review. Students will submit the bibliography in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12. The mark will be assigned in week 12.

    Practical report/presentation (20%)
    A written report or oral presentation (student choice) in the style of the results and discussion scientific paper on the Module 4 practical session will be submitted as a Turnitin assignment in week 9 of semester. The related practical work will be completed between week 3-6 of semester.

    Online pre-practical activities (15%) Each practical will have a short online activity associated with it. These activities will be designed using a flipped classroom approach and will prepare students for practical activities. Content will be delivered by way of videos of AFW staff demonstrating the use of laboratory equipment, MCQ to test knowledge and important safety information. Students will have unlimited attempts at the quizzes and will receive feedback on incorrect answers. The online activities will be spaced throughout the semester and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.

    Final exam (35%)
    A three hour exam on all material covered in the course. The question style will be varied, multiple choice, short answer and data interpretation.
    Submission
    Late submission:

    For all Faculty courses except Level II and III SAVS courses:

    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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