FUTURE FARMING TECHNOLOGIES

AGR2FFT

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Agricultural activities based on scientific principles that are aided with appropriate technologies can enable considerable commercial successes and competitive advantage. In this subject an understanding of the interrelationships between technology, performance, sustainability and production efficiency will be explored. Knowledge and skills in four key technological areas will be explored and developed: sensing systems through the development of skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as other specific sensing systems such as climate, environment, plant, animal and soil; productivity and benchmarking assessment with an emphasis on crop modelling techniques; 'green' technologies including the concepts underpinning the green revolution, genetic engineering and genomics and precision agriculture technologies and how these link to practical on-farm decision making in the commercial environment.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the interrelationships between technology, performance, sustainability and production efficacy in agricultural industries

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and workshops in the field will be used to explore the uses of technology and how it can improve performance.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

02. Examine and evaluate different technologies such as Geographical Positioning Systems Information

Activities:
Field exercises in small groups will be used to explore GPS applications in a range of enterprises. Groups will discuss their findings in tutorials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Use crop growth and yield prediction software to assess agricultural productivity and explain concepts of measuring and modelling in the application of precision and future farming technologies

Activities:
Yield prediction software and precision farming techniques will be explored in a number of situations in the field. Applications to other enterprises will be discussed in workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

04. Describe and explain concepts in the green revolution and the role of technologies, with particular focus on genetic engineering methodologies and genomics with an awareness of the ethical, environmental and social issues

Activities:
Using the green revolution and genetic engineering as case studies, students will work in groups to gain awareness of the implications of these technologies. Class discussions will be used to help refine arguments and form evidence-based opinions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

05. Interpret, communicate and present ideas using appropriate terminology

Activities:
As above, group exercises and presentations will be used for students gain a deeper understanding of the topics.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case study examining an application of future farming technology (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Demonstration of practical competency and application20 02, 03
Group presentation exploring technology and perceptions of use in agriculture (20 minutes)20 01, 05
Tutorial Assessments (Problem solving tasks, 6 during semester)20 02, 04