AGRI12008 - Sustainable Crop Production
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

You will be introduced to emerging trends and practices in sustainable management and improvement of the major cropping industries in Australia. You will explore production cycles, roles of genetics, environment, soils, water and sustainable management practices and profitability, new and emerging industries and issues affecting the development of major cropping industries.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

AGRI11002 Crop Management Systems

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 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

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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. Presentation 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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. Analyse crop production systems and identify strategies for improvement.
  2. Review global emerging trends in sustainable crop production.
  3. Develop and evaluate an innovation implementation strategy.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Presentation        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - 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 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 10-07-2017

Introduction to sustainable crop production

Week 2 17-07-2017

Global trends, statistics and Australia

Week 3 24-07-2017

Crop production systems in Australia

Emerging global trends in sustainable crop production Due Friday (28 Jul 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Week 4 31-07-2017

Crop production cycles

Week 5 07-08-2017

Soil and plant interactions

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Water and plant interactions

Week 7 28-08-2017

Breeding and genetics in the context of sustainable crop production

Critical analysis of sustainable crop production systems in Australia Due Friday (01 Sep 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017

Plant health in the context of sustainable crop production

Week 9 11-09-2017

Climate change and environment impact in crop production

Week 10 18-09-2017

Innovations in agriculture - Part 1

Week 11 25-09-2017

Innovations in agriculture - Part 2

Week 12 02-10-2017

Integration of concepts and revision

Innovation and implementation strategy report Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 08:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Emerging global trends in sustainable crop production
Task Description

You will work in groups of 2 or 3 to prepare and present a 10 minute presentation or video about emerging global trends in sustainable crop production, relevant to an economically important crop systems in Australia.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (28-Jul-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 10 days after submission
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The marks will giving for:

Introduction to the topic (5%)

Information gathered from the statistics related to international and Australian crop production (20%)

Discussion of the results in the context of sustainable crop production (40%)

Adhere to the time (5%)

Presentation (20%)

References (10%)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of the marks.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. Review global emerging trends in sustainable crop production.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Critical analysis of sustainable crop production systems in Australia
Task Description

Prepare a report that critically analyse the application of one of the following, in a sustainable crop production system in Australia:

a crop management activity (e.g. tillage vs no tillage; precision agriculture),

resource use (e.g. use of fertilizers or herbicides),

the use of genetically modified crops.

You should include an Introduction and brief review of relevant literature for the topic selected, the critical analysis, a conclusion and references. Your report should be between 1000 and 1500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 10 days after submission
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The marks will be awarded for:

Introduction to the topic (10%)

Discussion of application chosen (30%)

Discussion in the context of sustainable crop production (40%)

Conclusion (10%)

References (10%)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of the marks
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Analyse crop production systems and identify strategies for improvement.

3. Develop and evaluate an innovation implementation strategy.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Innovation and implementation strategy report
Task Description

The written assessment will report the development and evaluation of an innovation implementation strategy in a crop system. The written report should contain an introduction, brief description of the proposed innovation, the discussion and evaluation of the specific innovation, conclusion and references. The written assessment should have between 2500 and 3000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 08:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 10 days after submission
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

The marks will be awarded for:

Introduction to the topic (10%)

Description and justification of the innovation selected (30%)

Discussion and evaluation of the implementation in relation to the sustainability of the system (40%)

Conclusion (10%)

References (10%)

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

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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