PERM20005 - Advanced Permaculture in Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Advanced Permaculture in Practice builds your skills for working in permaculture at an advanced level. During a compulsory residential school, you will examine a variety of permaculture designs and develop strategies and techniques to implement new projects. Finally, you will formulate a permaculture design project proposal and budget.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: PERM20004 Permaculture Design in Practice.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critique permaculture design proposals and projects
  2. Apply permaculture principles to a variety of projects in different contexts
  3. Critique the application of permaculture design ethics and principles in an existing venture
  4. Formulate a design proposal and budget

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research  
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorKeri Chiveralls (k.chiveralls@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction: Design Stages and Process

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Welcome and Introduction

Week 2 13-03-2017

Values Based Design: Integrating the Ethics

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 3 20-03-2017

Survey (Observation, Collection)

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 4 27-03-2017

Assessment (Boundaries, Resources)

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 5 03-04-2017

Design (Applying Permaculture Principles)

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations Commence

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Residential School

Residential School

Residential School

Week 6 17-04-2017

Our Vacation Week

Our Vacation Week

Our Vacation Week

Week 7 24-04-2017

Implementation

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 8 01-05-2017

Maintainance

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 9 08-05-2017

Evaluation

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 10 15-05-2017

Tweaking

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 11 22-05-2017

Revisiting the Design Process

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 12 29-05-2017

Advancing Permaculture Design

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Zoom Session - Assignment Preparation

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Written Assessment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

The first assignment will consist of a presentation where you 'pitch' your advanced permaculture design project/s to your fellow students and facilitate the critique of this pitch from your peers.

The focus of your presentations will be on how the relevant stage of the permaculture design process will be applied through your particular design project/s. However, the presentation should also include critical reflection on the permaculture design process as a whole and you will be expected to present and critically evaluate permaculture design methods and techniques pertaining to the stage of the permaculture design process being covered that week.

Presentations will commence from Week 5 in Zoom and we will begin assigning presentation weeks and topics based on your preferences in Week 1.

Each speaker will be expected to present for between 15 and 20 mins.

In addition, you will also be required to facilitate critical feedback from your peers following the presentation. Please think creatively about this task and how to facilitate critique and the receipt of critical feedback while maintaining a collaborative and co-operative atmosphere through the zoom online forum.

You will also be expected to attend the tutorials in order to both give and receive feedback on individual designs and approaches to the design process including suggestions on:

1. How to improve designs and aspects of designs including site analysis, client briefing, zoning, sector analysis, budget, governance, marketing and so on

2. How to improve the design process and ensure permaculture ethics and principles are reflected at all stages of the design process

3. Challenges/constraints/solutions/opportunities that may not have been considered

4. Alternative approaches/methods/techniques

5. Similar projects/opportunities for collaboration

6. Additional resources

The formal assessment criteria for this assignment are outlined in more detail below under assessment criteria and in the marking sheet template accessible through Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Various weeks throughout the term..
Return Date to Students Students will receive peer assessment feedback on the day of the presentation and final marks and formal assessment comments will be uploaded and returned to students prior to the due date for Assignment 2.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed under three main assessment criteria:

Design Project, Framework and Approach (20);

Application and Critical Analysis of Permaculture Design Process, Methods and Techniques (20);

Presentation and Feedback (10).

More detail including breakdown of these assessment criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Students need to submit their presentations individually through the Moodle site by the end of the week in which they are presenting.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critique permaculture design proposals and projects

4. Formulate a design proposal and budget

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment two consists of a written submission of your advanced permaculture design proposal.

Your proposal can either build on the capstone project you submitted at the end of the Graduate Certificate, or be a proposal for a new permaculture design project.

However, this design proposal will contain more detail in terms of critical reflection on the permaculture design process, methods and techniques, which you will also build on as you complete the permaculture research course and develop your permaculture research proposal.

Your assignment should be between 3000-5000 words long. The formal assessment criteria for this assignment are outlined in more detail below under assessment criteria and in the marking sheet template accessible through Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Extensions must be applied for prior to the due date through the online extensions system accessible through the online Moodle site.
Return Date to Students After certification of grades.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed under three main assessment criteria:

Design Project Proposal, Framework and Approach (20)

Application and Critical Analysis of Permaculture Design Process, Methods and Techniques (20)

Presentation (10)

More detail, including break down of these assessment criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Students need to submit their written assignments through the Moodle site prior to the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Apply permaculture principles to a variety of projects in different contexts

3. Critique the application of permaculture design ethics and principles in an existing venture

4. Formulate a design proposal and budget

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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