PERM20001 - Introduction to Permaculture: Ethics & Principles
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Permaculture provides a framework for sustainable alternatives to current systems of human habitation and settlement including socio-cultural, agricultural, food production and building systems.This unit will introduce you to permaculture by considering the historical development of the permaculture movement, its underlying ethics, principles, concepts, and domains and outline the need for and relevance of permaculture in the current cultural milieu. The unit will also explore some of the major challenges presented by current economic, political and institutional structures, along with underlying cultural myths and rituals supporting such systems.

Details

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

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
  • Distance

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Power Points for Collaborate sessions Student feedback Pdf versions of the Power Points from the collaborate sessions will be uploaded each week to the Moodle site.
Assessment of Group Presentation Assignment Student feedback and self-reflection Students need to upload their presentations individually through the Moodle site on the week of their presentation to facilitate marking and return of feedback to students prior to second assessment.
Early availability of course materials through Moodle site Student feedback and self-reflection Material from Moodle site will be made consistently available at least two weeks in advance in subsequent offerings of the course.
Library guide Student feedback and self-reflection A library guide to help guide student research should be developed prior to the next delivery of the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critique the historical and theoretical development of permaculture in the context of agricultural development and the social and environmental justice movements.
  2. Articulate the ethics and principles of permaculture.
  3. Evaluate the permaculture principles and how they align with permaculture ethics and apply within the domains.
  4. Formulate a personal permaculture plan referencing the permaculture movement, ethics, principles and domains.

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. Note:

There are no required textbooks for this course. However, Holmgren's (2002) Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, will be referred to throughout the program and it is recommended you have access to a copy. it can be purchased direct from Holmgren's website at www.holmgren.com.au/product/principles/ for $20.00 for an online copy.

Bill Mollison's (1988) Permaculture: A Designers' Manual is also recommended as essential reading for permaculturalists and worth having on hand as a permaculture designer. However, it is more difficult to locate online copies and retails at around $100 for a hardcover copy so is not required reading for the course.

It is also worth noting that there is an incredible array of permaculture books and resources on the web that can be easily and cheaply accessed.

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 to Permaculture: Origins, Concepts, Contributions

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Welcome Session and Introduction

Week 2 13-03-2017

People Care: Permaculture at the Individual and Community Level

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 3 20-03-2017

Earth Care: Permaculture as Fifth Wave Environmentalism?

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 4 27-03-2017

Fair Share: Permaculture as Social Justice

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom

Week 5 03-04-2017

Permaculture: Land and Nature Stewardship

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations Commence

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Permaculture: Built Environment

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations and Potential Optional Two Day Residential School in Adelaide

Week 7 24-04-2017

Permaculture: Tools and Technology

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 8 01-05-2017

Permaculture: Education and Culture

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 9 08-05-2017

Permaculture: Health and Well-being

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 10 15-05-2017

Permaculture: Finance and Economics

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations
Week 11 22-05-2017

Permaculture: Land Tenure and Community Governance

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Presentations

Week 12 29-05-2017

Taking it Personally: Future Scenarios and your Personal Permaculture Plan

Selected Readings -See Moodle for Readings and Activities

Collaborative Tutorial Session via Zoom - Preparing for the Final Assignment

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

Your first assignment will consist of a group presentation critically reviewing permaculture's contribution to a particular permaculture domain/issue with reference to the ethics and principles of permaculture as well as wider social and ecological justice movements. The focus of these presentations should not be on permaculture solutions and practice but rather on a critical analysis or 'reading of the landscape' of the issues that permaculture is or should be seeking to address in this domain area. Presentations should also consider how the permaculture ethics and principles might apply in this domain area and how permaculture approaches differ from or are similar to approaches taken by other historical, socio-cultural or political approaches to addressing these issues.

Presentations will commence from Week 5 in the Zoom Collaborative Permaculture Portal and will be expected to address issues pertaining to the domain topic being covered that week. The assignment of groups and presentations will occur in Week 1 so please attend the collaborate session with three topic preferences preselected so you can assign yourself to a topic you are interested in. Each speaker in the group will be expected to present for 10 mins. In addition, your presenting group will also be required to devise some group discussion topics and activities to actively engage and stimulate the learning of the rest of the group following their presentation. Please think creatively about this task and consider how well these activities are likely to work in the blackboard collaborate online forum. Presentations will be followed by a brief peer assessment following a format of:

1. What I really loved about this presentation was....

2. Future presentations could be improved by...

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, Framework and Approach (20)

Scoping of Domain and Critical Analysis (20)

Presentation (10)

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


Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

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 the historical and theoretical development of permaculture in the context of agricultural development and the social and environmental justice movements.

2. Articulate the ethics and principles of permaculture.

3. Evaluate the permaculture principles and how they align with permaculture ethics and apply within the domains.

4. Formulate a personal permaculture plan referencing the permaculture movement, ethics, principles and domains.

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

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Your second assignment consists of a written submission of a personal permaculture plan outlining and discussing your own permaculture plan with critical reflection on and reference to the broader permaculture movement, along with wider movements for social and ecological justice.

Your plan should assist you in sketching out an action plan for the Graduate Certificate along with preliminary ideas for your capstone project, including what you hope to achieve through your permaculture practice and how you plan to get there. It will also assist you in considering the residential options for the Permaculture in Practice course and matching your passions, interests and hopes for the future with the specialist skills and climate zones on offer at each residential school.

Your assignment should be between 3000-5000 words long. It is suggested you start this assignment as a critical essay containing a 'reading of the landscape' in relation to the issues you are most passionate about addressing through your permaculture practice. This should then be followed by/integrated with a critical discussion of permaculture's potential to address these issues and how permaculture approaches differ from or are similar to other historical, socio-cultural and political approaches. Finally, your assignment should provide a personal reflection on what this means for you in relation to your own permaculture plan and how you intend to continue to engage with such debates and manifest critical reflection in practice through your capstone project and throughout your permaculture journey.

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
Return Date to Students After certification of grades.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed under three main assessment criteria:

Design and Content (20)

Critical Analysis (20)

Presentation (10)

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


Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Minimum mark or grade - you must achieve at least a PASS (P) grade for this assignment to be eligible to pass the course.
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

1. Critique the historical and theoretical development of permaculture in the context of agricultural development and the social and environmental justice movements.

2. Articulate the ethics and principles of permaculture.

3. Evaluate the permaculture principles and how they align with permaculture ethics and apply within the domains.

4. Formulate a personal permaculture plan referencing the permaculture movement, ethics, principles and domains.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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