PLANT SC 7330WT - Food Production in a Future Climate
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PLANT SC 7330WT Course Food Production in a Future Climate Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 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 Coordinator: Dr Beth Loveys
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the natural and anthropogenic causes for climate variation and the impacts on key plant processes such as phenology, photosynthesis, respiration and growth.
- Understand the concepts and limitations in the global climate models that are used to predict future climate scenarios.
- Understand the implications of changing climate on plant production in a range of cropping systems.
- 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.
- Source and critically analyse relevant peer reviewed literature.
- Communicate aspects of climate change science to their peers in accessible language and provide critical peer review.
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 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 ModesThe course will be delivered internally and will be offered on a single day.
Each day will consist of:
1. Lecture composed of 2 presentations 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 extending concepts introduced in lectures
3. Practical session of 2 hours- practicals will be supported by interactive, online modules to prepare students for practical classes. Practicals will allow students to manipulate and observe plant responses to a variable climate.
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
Learning Activities SummaryThe lectures, 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 lectures 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 extend concepts introduced in lectures. 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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Due Online Quizzes Formative and Summative 15% No 1,3,4 Week 2,4,10 Literature Review peer review and workshop participation Formative and Summative 20% No 1,4,5 Week 7/Week 13 Practical report Summative 20% No 3,4 Week 9 Online Correlation analysis Formative and Summative 15% No 1,2 Week 9 Annotated Bibliography Formative and Summative 10% No 1,4,5 Week 3,6,9,12 Final exam Summative 20% No 1-5 Exam Period
Assessment DetailOnline quizzes (15%)
Three online MCQ and short answer quizzes covering the lecture and practical content will be delivered via MyUni in weeks 2, 4 and 10. These are completed after class and should take approximately 1 hr.
Literature review and workshop participation (20%)
The workshops will provide scaffolding of student’s ability and skill to find, interpret and critically evaluate and synthesis scientific literature. Students will select a topic on which to focus their literature review (2500 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. Post graduate students only will anonymously peer review each other’s literature reviews.
Practical report/presentation (20%)
A written report (1500 words) or poster (A0 size) (student choice) 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 Correlation Analysis (15%)
After a practical and 3 workshop sessions on understanding large data sets (CO2, temperature, crop yields etc) students will be guided through multiple correlation analysis using two software packages. Students will select a correlation of interest to them and prepare a popular press article (500 words) explaining what their chosen correlation means to a lay audience.
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(less than 200 words each) in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12. The mark will be assigned in week 12.
Final exam (20%)
A two hour open book exam on all material covered in the course. The question style will be, short answer and data interpretation.
No information currently available.
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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