Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will extend and apply knowledge of agronomy and agricultural enterprises to the management of agricultural systems. The place of 'organic' and 'biodynamic' farming in an integrated model will be considered. Students will examine the interrelationships between technology, production efficiency and sustainability using simulation software. Attention will be paid to the management of production enterprises, including broad-acre cereal cropping and grazing pastures; use of genetically-modified crops in agricultural systems; pest management and their economic impact on farm enterprises, local markets and international trade. Students will analyse integrated crop management information to set management priorities; prepare and present concise industry-ready reports; and develop skills in recognising and reflecting on ethical, social and environmental issues applicable to crop management.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFertiliser EssentialsRecommendedBrouwer, D 2006NSW DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, NSW.
ReadingsField Crop Herbicide GuideRecommendedChambers, A & Dean, N 2004KONDININ GROUP, CLOVERDALE, W.A.
ReadingsInternet field days : helpding farmers to make better decisionsRecommendedPatton, L, Rees, H 2007RURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BARTON, A.C.T.
ReadingsInterpreting soil test results : what do all the numbers mean?RecommendedHazelton, P & Murphy, B 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.
ReadingsSustainable Pastures In Marginal EnvironmentsRecommendedLi, G 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

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.


Assessment elementComments%
Case Study (2 x 1500 words)60
Industry report (1 x 2000 words)40