AGRI11002 - Crop Management Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit covers the fundamentals of crop production systems and is underpinned by the VET unit 'Manage agricultural crop production'. You will be introduced to a range of crop production systems including dry-land, irrigated, horticultural and orchard crops. The unit will use specific crop examples to demonstrate the fundamental factors that lead to growing a successful crop. You will be provided with an overview of crop physiology, crop nutrition and crop protection. The content of this unit will provide you with the necessary foundation for future units in the course.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
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
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

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 Undergraduate 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 20%

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
The students and CQU staff indicated that the assessments were poorly explained. CQU staff and students The Portfolio and other assessments will be broken into smaller parts, with their own due dates, throughout the term: 1) so that students can receive feedback as term progresses; and 2) to ensure submission and marking occur in a timely manner distributed throughout the term. Staff will consider a more manageable written assessment as the task this term was very large and required a lot of time to complete.
The students indicated that better communication and organization is needed across the three campuses. Students All portfolio tasks and assessments need to have clear and unambiguous due dates posted in the course profile and on moodle. Assessment names, due dates and terminology must be aligned between the course profile and the moodle site. Both CQU and QATC staff will be more rigid in following the posted schedule and timetable forlectures, pracs, labs and field trips. We will still need to remain flexible for unforeseen circumstances. Resources need to reserved and in place well ahead of schedule.
The students and CQU staff indicated repetitive content in practicals and lectures (e.g. some content overlap with AGRI11001) CQU staff and students CQU and QATC staff will work to reduce unintentional repetition and instead scaffold learning outcomes across the Agriculture program. This may include project based learning assessments that supplement or replace the current assessments.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Determine management options and production targets for a cropping enterprise.
  2. Select, test and implement appropriate crop innovations into farm activities.
  3. Develop a whole of farm cropping management and risk mitigation plan.
  4. Critique the environmental and legal requirements of crop management systems.

This unit will contribute to a Diploma of Agriculture upon successful completion of year 1.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Portfolio    
3 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Portfolio      
3 - Practical and 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)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Microsoft Excel
  • R
  • Google Earth Pro
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDaniel Cozzolino (d.cozzolino@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 the Unit and to the systems theory

Week 2 13-03-2017 Crop and plant physiology

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Week 3 20-03-2017

Crop and plant nutrition. Crop fertilization

Part A - QUIZ 1, due Friday 24th March

Week 4 27-03-2017

Crop breeding and plant reproduction

Week 5 03-04-2017

The whole enterprise, crop management and budgeting

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

Topics in crop biosecurity (diseases, pest and weeds)

Crop Production Plan Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Crop management and the whole enterprise

Week 8 01-05-2017

Forecasting uncertain futures (climate change, sustainability)

Week 9 08-05-2017

Commodities, products and markets

Part B - QUIZ 2, due Friday 12th May

Week 10 15-05-2017

Product quality, harvest and post-harvest

Week 11 22-05-2017

Whole farm plan

Week 12 29-05-2017

Whole farm plan

Natural Resources Management Plan Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Crop Production Plan
Task Description

Weighting: 40%

Assessment Description: Written report. You will prepare a Crop Production Plan for a nominated property in your region including information related with:

- crop production plan aims / targets or goals (e.g. grain production, forage production),

- brief description of soil characteristics and types relevant to the crop (e.g. pH, organic matter, nitrogen, soil types according to Australian Soil Classification, etc.) and location,

- climate characteristics and crop adaptation (e.g. rainfall, temperature),

- crop type and variety, including plant density (e.g. kg of seeds/ha, etc.),

- fertilization requirements, type of fertilizer and rates (e.g. kg of urea / ha),

- brief description of some key potential diseases, pests and weeds and control measures.

The Crop Production Plan will be in the format of a report (1500-2000 words) and includes an introduction, aims, main body addressing point listed above, conclusions and references.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Grades will be returned within 10 days of submission
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Marking rubric and exemplar will be provided in week 1 and posted in Moodle.

Marks are awarded for:

1. introduction

2. the quality of the background review

3. the discussion of this information in context of the task asked

4. and the clarity of English expression, spelling, grammar, accuracy of referencing, use of figures and tables, appropriate length.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Determine management options and production targets for a cropping enterprise.

2. Select, test and implement appropriate crop innovations into farm activities.

4. Critique the environmental and legal requirements of crop management systems.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Assessment Description

The portfolio is made up of a series of tasks related to the different activities of this Unit (e.g. lectures, field trips, pracs, tutorials).

Tasks include:

PART A (15%). Due date Week 3 (Friday, 24/3/2017). Task: QUIZ. Assessment of content delivered during lectures, field trips, pracs and tutorials from week 1 through to week 3. Topics include Theory of Systems, Crop and Plant Physiology, Crop and Plant Nutrition, and Crop Fertilization.

PART B (15%). Due date Week 9 (Friday, 12/5/2017). Task: QUIZ. Assessment of content delivered during lectures, field trips, pracs and tutorials from week 5 through to week 8. Topics include Natural Resources Management, Budgeting, Legislation, and Environment.

PART C (10%). Due date after each Prac and Field Trip. Task: After each practical session and field trip, you will be required to complete a short report or presentation. Reports will be no more than 300 words. Specific details of each task will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date PART A. Friday Week 3 (24/3/2017); Part B Friday Week 9 (12/5/2017), PART C due weekly when prac and field trips are scheduled.
Return Date to Students 10 days after submission
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Part C rubric will be available in Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

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

1. Determine management options and production targets for a cropping enterprise.

3. Develop a whole of farm cropping management and risk mitigation plan.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Natural Resources Management Plan
Task Description

Weighting 20%

Assessment: Natural Resources Management Plan

This assessment will consist of a written Natural Resources Management Plan and includes information related with:

- business objectives and goals

- SWOT analysis

- assessment of natural resources (including flora and fauna)

- a plan for reviewing and assessing the success of the Natural Resources Management Plan

The information provided in the plan must be supported by the use of references. The Natural Resources Management Plan will be in the format of report (1200-1500 words) and include an introduction, aims, main body of the plan, conclusions and references.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are awarded for:

1. introduction and addressing the topic

2. the quality of the background review

3. the discussion of this information in context of the task asked

4. and the clarity of English expression, spelling, grammar, accuracy of referencing, use of figures and tables, appropriate length

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. Select, test and implement appropriate crop innovations into farm activities.

3. Develop a whole of farm cropping management and risk mitigation plan.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence




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