Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of plants and plant physiology, and examine the impact of and interactions between components of crop production. Students will study the biological processes of plants from cellular level to seedling emergence and maturation. Through theory, laboratory work and experimentation, students will develop an understanding of the impacts on plant physiology and growth of natural and artificial influences. Natural plant breeding systems and developments and implications of genetic modification will be considered and investigated in the context of crop, vine and pasture production systems. Students will develop and present plant management plans.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI1LS1 and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. V. Effect of seasonal conditions on wheat and barley yield response to applied nitrogen across management zonesRecommendedAnwar, M, O'Leary, G, Rab, M 2009CROP AND PASTURE SCIENCE, VOL. 60, NO. 9, PP. 901-911.
ReadingsAn introduction to geographical information systemsRecommendedCarver, S, Heywood, I & Cornelius, S 20063RD EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsDesign of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciencesRecommendedHoshmand, A 20062ND EDN, CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL.
ReadingsGuide to Australian landcare management system: designed from the ground up by landholders to improve natural resource managementRecommendedGleeson, T 2006AUSTRALIAN LANDCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LEGUME, N.S.W.
ReadingsIntegrated Pest Management for crops and pasturesRecommendedHorne, P & Page, J 2008LANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA.
ReadingsPests of field crops and pasturesRecommendedBailey, P 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.
ReadingsProductivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performanceRecommendedMullen, J, 2007AUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW.
ReadingsThe adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system - challenges and opportunitiesRecommendedJochinke, D, Bernard, N & Wachsmann, N 2007FIELD CROPS RESEARCH, VOL. 104, NO. 1-3, PP. 68-76.

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Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Laboratory Reports (practical notebook)30
Management Plan (1200 words)30
Written Exam (2 hours)40