AGRIC 3530WT - Horticultural Production and Quality III

Waite Campus - Winter - 2022

This course delivers an overview of horticultural industries across the domains of: annual field vegetable crops; perennial tree and vine crops; protected cropping; peri-urban and amenity horticulture. Students develop knowledge and skills in: identification of horticultural pests and diseases; nursery, glasshouse and orchard management; irrigation technology; plant health; post-harvest and supply chains. By engaging with online videos, lectures, workshops and field tours, students develop detailed knowledge of the production cycles, environmental management, quality control and markets of at least five horticultural crops significant to the SA horticultural industry. They develop the capacity to provide recommendations for the establishment and management of a new commercially viable horticultural enterprise. They develop skills in digital technology as applied to control systems management in a horticultural industry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AGRIC 3530WT
    Course Horticultural Production and Quality III
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2-Week block in Winter Semester break (10 full days)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge All Level I Agriculture courses
    Assessment Practical reports, written reports, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Delaporte

    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 will be able to:
    1 Identify the major commercial horticultural varieties, pests and diseases in annual and perennial crops in Australia.
    2 Explain how diverse horticultural industries contribute to food culture, environmental resilience, and economic opportunity.
    3 Compare and contrast the differences in physiology and related management of several horticultural crops.
    4 Explain best practice in management and use of technology within an industry domain.
    5 Create an implementation program for a new crop enterprise.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered as an intensive in Winter School.

    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., pre-class preparation, post-class assessments, reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Horticulture is a diverse field covering many different kinds of crops, from fast growing bean shoots, to slow growing walnuts and everything between. In order to cover the breadth and depth, we chose to design the course around five industry domains and five knowledge domains. The five industry domains are protected cropping, field vegetable crops, perennial tree & vine crops, amenity horticulture, and peri-urban & innovative horticulture. The five knowledge domains cover industry structure, propagation & crop management, postharvest & supply chain, plant health (nutrition, pests & diseases) and irrigation –are fundamental to production of fresh food crops and are relevant to all industry domains. The course presents content on all ten areas through lectures, focussing on crops key to the South Australian horticultural sector, and providing reinforcement of all industry and knowledge domains through field tours, hands on practicals, workshops, and discussion groups, with a range of assessments.

    Lectures: content delivery as online pre-recorded and live (recorded) sessions with nine SAFW lecturers, all specialists in their fields.

    Practicals: hands on practical sessions covering 4 topics: propagation by grafting, pruning of perennial fruit tree crops, and assessing the impact of temperature on shelf life and quality of fresh produce and Irrigation scheduling software/technology. Remote students will have a substitute video experience (grafting & pruning) and an option to undertake a shorter version of the postharvest practical at home.

    Field Tours: Students visit diverse industry sites in the Northern Adelaide Plains, Adelaide Hills, and Fleurieu Peninsula to view and appreciate all 5 industry domains, meet industry stakeholders and understand the drivers that affect different enterprises (such as processing, value adding, field and covered production, storage, marketing, price points). As a group, we will ask questions of the growers, at the end of the course there will be a discussion session on the field tours to coalesce knowledge and compare enterprises under set topics that will support exam revision. The 2020 videos of eight enterprises visited, are available for local and remote students.

    Discussion groups: create opportunity for deeper understanding on the topics of sustainability and resilience in horticultural systems, and non-traditional horticultural enterprises, with contributions by external stakeholders (eg AusVeg, Potatoes SA, Hort Innovation, permaculture, biodynamic production).

    Crop Workshop: focus on specific knowledge domains to extend lecture content though group work on management of horticultural crops. Students participate in a classroom group activity for engagement, feedback and active learning. Students build deeper knowledge of a range of crops through the group activity.

    Video Quizzes: four pre-course videos to provide context and prior knowledge.

    Pest & ID: The ‘Horticultural Identification Tool’ learning tool (online database), has images and descriptions of varieties and symptoms. Students can undertake the training quizzes quiz as many times as desired, aiming for a hurdle of at least 50% correct. The sequence of image display is randomised so each student experiences the quiz differently each time it is attempted. The training material and quizzes are available two weeks before the course begins.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance on all three field tours expected; so appropriate clothing required (i.e. closed top shoes, dress to daily weather). Attendance at all practicals, workshops and group discussions is expected.
    Remote students will be provided with specific resources for the field tours and practical sessions as attendance is not possible. They will be expected to participate (using technology) in the workshops and group discussions.

  • 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 Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle? Learning Outcome
    Four online pre-course Quizzes Formative Complete before end of 2-week block;
    Can begin 1 week before course
    0% No 2,3
    Crop Workshop  Formative & Summative During 2-week block 10% No 1,3
    A. Propagation & Pruning report

    B Postharvest report,

    C Irrigation technology report
    Formative & Summative During 2 week block 25 No 3,4
    Consultant Report Summative 2 weeks after 2-week block 25% No 1,4,5
    Part A. Pest & Disease ID
    Part B. Written answers

    Summative 1 week after 2-week block 40% Yes 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with Hurdle or compulsory component % needed to meet hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement or compulsory component, if no please explain If additional assessment is available, explain what type
    Written exam 50% Yes R/AA exam
    Assessment Detail
    Four online quizzes. [0%]
    The online quizzes are based on foundational material presented in online videos and currently cover industry structure and figures, propagation and irrigation. . These may be augmented in later years as required.
    For the quizzes students are given two attempts to complete each quiz, with indications of correct answer after first attempt. All quizzes will be available to students two weeks before the course begins.

    Crop Workshop [10%]
    Supported by lectures on each of the industry domains, students will produce table of key information for their crop.

    Individually, students will research online for their selected crops propagate the table of key information. Students will undertake a group activity to share knowledge and undertake active learning. They will submit the completed table.

    Consultant’s report [25%]
    Each student will select a crop from a provided list (focus on key SA crops) and prepare a report for a hypothetical client who wishes to establish a specific horticultural enterprise. The report will provide recommendations on the type of site (region and soils, minimum property size), crop genetics and sources, crop management, production infrastructure, postharvest handling, marketing, quality assurance and industry links that will support the enterprise. Alternatively, students may select an aspect of technology that spans across many industries (eg robotics, postharvest grading systems)
    This assignment will be submitted 2 weeks after the 2-week teaching block has completed.

    Practicals: [25%]
    Students will participate in three hands-on practicals over the 2 weeks
    A Propagation + Pruning;
    B: Postharvest assessment) and
    C: Irrigation technology.
    At the completion of A and B sessions students will hand up a 2-slide PowerPoint deck to demonstrate understanding of process (grafting & pruning) and results (postharvest),created during the practical sessions. C: Irrigation technology practical will enable exposure to and learning the basics of using a soil moisture sensing platform (software) to enable decision making on irrigation in horticultural crops. Understanding of the software is examined by using the package to propose appropriate irrigation management decisions in a variety of horticultural crops, and to optimise the irrigation practices. This assignment will be submitted 2 weeks after the 2-week teaching block has completed.

    Written examination [40%]
    The examination will cover pest & disease identification, and material gathered in the lectures, workshops, practicals, discussion groups and field tours. It will consist of an identification quiz, multiple choice, and short written answers. The Pest & Disease ID quiz will take 30 minutes with 50 questions that have been taken from the Horticultural Pest & Disease Identification Training Tools. The multiple choice and short answer components will run over 2 hours. The exam will be presented online and invigilated.

    This online exam will be conducted 2 weeks after the 2-week teaching block has completed.

    Late submission of assessments

    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 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 or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.

    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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