BIOL12110 - Agricultural Production Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines the major agricultural production systems used for food and fibre production. Students will gain an overview of the importance and scale of agricultural industries from Queensland, national and global contexts. The unit covers on-farm management and recognises the constraints to production in current and future farming systems. Understanding of different components of on-farm management will be combined with a broader understanding of how the components interact with each other and the wider worlds of nature and economics. Key factors involved in establishing new industries and the importance of comparative and competitive advantages to the ongoing success of existing industries in a competitive global market are considered. The unit provides foundation knowledge for more detailed studies in agricultural science and agribusiness.

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

BIOL11101 Field and Farm Ecology

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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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 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 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
More time spent explaining expectations for assessment tasks would have been useful Comments in class No changes to be made. This course was in teach out in 2016 and will not be offered again.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the features of the major agricultural production systems in Queensland, Australia and globally.
  2. Appraise aspects of the production systems and identify areas where future constraints to production are likely to occur.
  3. Apply knowledge of competitive and comparative advantage to explain success of major agricultural industries in Queensland.
  4. Identify interactions among production practices and environmental and economic factors that characterise different production systems.

None applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Presentation        
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Examination      

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 CoordinatorChristopher O'Neill (c.j.oneill@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 course.

Overview of global, Australian and Queensland agricultural industries.

Week 2 13-03-2017

A brief history of Agriculture: the evolution of agricultural production systems.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Current production status of Queensland and Australian agricultural industries.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Beef industry production practises

Week 5 03-04-2017

Other livestock industries production practises

Presentation Due Wednesday (05 Apr 17) 10:30 AM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Cropping industry production practises

Week 7 24-04-2017

Horticultural industry production practises

Week 8 01-05-2017

Competitive and comparative advantages: livestock industries

Week 9 08-05-2017

Competitive and comparative advantages: plant industries

Week 10 15-05-2017

Environmental considerations in agricultural production

Written Assessment Due Wednesday (17 May 17) 10:30 AM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Future farming systems: trends and technologies that will shape agricultural production - sustainability

Week 12 29-05-2017

Summary

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Please note there is no Residential School for this unit

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

Prepare and deliver a 25 minute presentation (about 25 PowerPoint slides) to the class (and expect 5 minutes of questions from the class) on a Queensland agricultural industry of your choosing. You must choose an industry or industry sector that generates a single main product (eg the egg production industry sector rather than the poultry industry, or fresh market tomato industry rather than the vegetable industry). Check with your lecturer for the choice of the topic and theme of the presentation.

In your presentation, you should cover the following topics:

  • Size and location of the industry in Queensland and in Australia
  • Production practices used by the industry
  • Major issues faced by producers in the industry in Queensland
  • Your views on how you think the industry will change in the future

Assessment will be based on accuracy of the information presented, your presentation skills and your understanding of the material presented.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017) 10:30 AM AEST
Presentation in week 5 via Zoom
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017)
The presentation will be assessed for effective communication (as per evaluation sheet provided)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment will be based on accuracy of the information presented, your presentation skills and your understanding of the material presented.

APS 2017: Assignment 1 Feedback Sheet for presentation skills

Presentation Evaluation Sheet

Title:

Speaker:

Ext Gd Av NI Comment
Opening: (3 pts)
Attention getting Ex Gd Av NI
Logical Ex Gd Av NI
Sets scene Ex Gd Av NI
Body: (5 pts)
Main points articulated Ex Gd Av NI
Supporting material Ex Gd Av NI
Transition Ex Gd Av NI
Sound reasoning Ex Gd Av NI
Sources cited Ex Gd Av NI
Conclusion: (2 pts)
Logical closure Ex Gd Av NI
Sufficient information Ex Gd Av NI
Delivery: (4 pts)
Physical presence Ex Gd Av NI
Vocal variety Ex Gd Av NI
Eye contact Ex Gd Av NI
Use of notes Ex Gd Av NI
Use of pause Ex Gd Av NI
Use of visual aids Ex Gd Av NI
Use of humour Ex Gd Av NI
Gestures Ex Gd Av NI
Overall: (6 pts)
Convincing argument Ex Gd Av NI

Evaluation: Ex = Excellent; Gd = Good; Av = Average; NI = Needs Improvement

Time:

Most need of improvement:

Highlight of presentation:

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Presentation delivered via a Zoom session

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

1. Describe the features of the major agricultural production systems in Queensland, Australia and globally.

2. Appraise aspects of the production systems and identify areas where future constraints to production are likely to occur.

3. Apply knowledge of competitive and comparative advantage to explain success of major agricultural industries in Queensland.

4. Identify interactions among production practices and environmental and economic factors that characterise different production systems.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Select an agricultural enterprise and present an analysis of the key production practices used in a crop or livestock production system at the enterprise. Focus on the practices that are used to optimise productivity and product quality. In your analysis of the production practices, describe the practices and explain how each practice influences productivity and/or product quality. Use information from the scientific literature to support your key points.Check with your lecturer the choice of topic and thematic statement for the report.

A scientific report with a word limit for the assignment of 3000 words (plus or minus 10%).

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Wednesday (17-May-2017) 10:30 AM AEST
Electronic submission
Return Date to Students Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017)
Electronic submission
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for this assessment item are:

  1. Knowledge of the practices used in agricultural production and understanding of the basis for use of the practices
  2. Ability to analyse and evaluate information presented throughout the course
  3. Ability to communicate in a written scientific format

APS 2017: Assignment 2 Feedback Sheet

Criteria Possible Marks Your Mark Comment
Quality of Argument: (35)
Your written work fully addresses all parts of the assignment question. 10
Your argument/thesis statement is fully supported by the reference material that you have chosen, but you haven’t been biased. 10
You have chosen reference material that is relevant to the assignment question and you have presented this material accurately. 10
You have discussed the topic in detail – only one sentence per point. 5
Written Expression: (15)
Fluent and succinct writing – short sentences; only one idea in a sentence and paragraph; correct spelling and punctuation; use of a topic sentence for each paragraph; word length correct +- 10%. 10
Harvard referencing and all references acknowledged. Note: maximum of 10% as an internet reference 5
TOTAL 50

Word count (3000):

General comment:

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Written scientific report format

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

2. Appraise aspects of the production systems and identify areas where future constraints to production are likely to occur.

3. Apply knowledge of competitive and comparative advantage to explain success of major agricultural industries in Queensland.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the features of the major agricultural production systems in Queensland, Australia and globally.

4. Identify interactions among production practices and environmental and economic factors that characterise different production systems.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence


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