AGRIC 7100WT - Farming Systems in Developing Countries
Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code AGRIC 7100WT Course Farming Systems in Developing Countries Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description To be able to work in international agricultural development, a student needs foundational understanding of: what constitutes a farming system; how a farming system in any region is a unique product of climate, soils, economy, and history; how farming systems are dynamic through integration within an ever changing global physical and economic environment; what methods are used to study farming systems; and what international agencies are involved in agricultural development. This course will be delivered through four modules: 1) geography of tropical farming systems; 2) interdisciplinary farming systems research modalities; 3) agencies of international agricultural development; and 4) regional focus. The course will be delivered in a series of tutorials where students are guided through a structured reading list covering Modules 1 to 3. This work will require students to access the most recent research literature relevant to each module. Assessment of this reading will be through short essays based on propositions developed from the reading list during the tutorials. The fourth module affords the student opportunity to apply this new knowledge to a geographic region of their own interest. They will be required to produce either an evaluation of a development project or a regional profile report.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Matthew Denton
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the importance of geography on farming systems development 2 Describe and critically analyse tools for the analysis of farming systems 3 Develop a working knowledge of the overarching institutional context of international agricultural development governance 4 Apply and synthesise knowledge of the governance, geography and assessment tools in the context of agricultural international development
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 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 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 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
1-4 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryThe course will be delivered in a series of tutorials where students are guided through a structured reading list covering Modules 1 to 3. This work will require students to access the most recent research literature relevant to each module. Assessment of this reading will be through short essays based on propositions developed from the reading list during the tutorials. The fourth module affords the student opportunity to apply this new knowledge to a geographic region of their own interest. They will be required to produce either an evaluation of a development project or a regional profile report.
Specific Course RequirementsMandatory attendance at tutorials and group discussions and final presentation.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Type of Assessment
Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes
Hurdle Yes or No
Course learning outcomes being assessed / achieved
(Should be no more than 3)
Approximate timing of assessment
(week of teaching period)
Geography of Farming Systems
Farming Systems research essay
Institutional governance essay
Regional focus essay
Regional focus & self-reflection
Video / oral presentation
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailIAD geography essay (20%)
Students will prepare a 1000 word essay on the geography of farming systems in the first 3 weeks of semester. Develop will be informed by discussion in tutorials in weeks1 to 3.
Farming systems tools essay (20%)
Students will prepare a 1000 word essay on the farming systems research in the first 5 weeks of semester. Develop will be informed by discussion in tutorials in weeks 2 to 5.
IAD governance essay (20%)
Students will prepare a 1000 word report on the institutional governance in the first 7 weeks of semester. Develop will be informed by discussion in tutorials in weeks 4 to 7.
Regional focus essay (30%)
Students will prepare a 2000 word regional focus essay in which they synthesise knowledge of the governance, geography and assessment tools in the context of agricultural international development and apply this to a particular region.
Case Study Presentation (10%)
Students will prepare a presentation to summarise the concepts explored in the regional focussed essay.
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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
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