agr3ipm integrated crop management




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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify principle aspects of crop management and apply concepts to crop yield and crop quality.

Students will further their understanding of crop management through lectures, on-farm practical sessions and case studies applying new techniques and technology to various agronomic situations and the afeect passed the farm gate. Group interaction with industry and advisory bodies such as Southern Farming Systems will help consolidate knowlegde and confidence in the students' decisions. Issues of quality throughout the supply chain will be included.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Analyse integrated crop management information to set management priorities

Students in groups will use a variety of technology and sensing equipment in the field and supply chain to analyse critical parameters. They will then formulate management priorities and present them in both written and oral form.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

03. Prepare and present concise industry-ready reports, focused on management priorities

From the information gathered above, students will prepare and present professional reports. These will be done in consultation with other students, staff and industry personnel.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

04. Recognise and reflect on ethical, social and environmental issues applicable to crop management from both a local and global perspective

Issues both on-farm and passed the farm gate in quality, logistics and environmental aspects will be considerd by case study. Discussion of findings and arguments will be undertaken in tutorials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 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.

WorkShopWeek: 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%ILO*
Case Study (2 x 1500 words)6001, 02, 03, 04
Industry report (1 x 2000 words)4003, 04