VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

AGR1VM

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on key aspects of the annual cycle of vineyard operations. Students will explore physiological and environmental aspects relevant to yield and quality of grapes and wine. Vine physiology, nutrition and health will be considered along with the impact of climate and weather events, soil types, light, water and crop load on the harvest. Issues in vineyard management, yield and quality will be investigated and areas explored such as: selection of planting material including varieties, clones and rootstocks; pest and disease monitoring and control; pruning, training and trellising; canopy management; irrigation; soil and vineyard floor management; monitoring and use of fertilizers; frost and wind mitigation; timing and management of harvest and pest, disease and weed control including integrated pest management and quarantine.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA vineyard odyssey the organic fight to save wine from the ravages of natureRecommendedKiger, J 2013ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD, USA
ReadingsConcepts in wine technologyRecommendedMargalit, Y 2013WINE APPRECIATION GUILD, USA
ReadingsThe principles of practical vineyard management - keeping it simpleRecommendedVerhyden, M (n.d)VINE LOCUM SERVICES, VIEWED 7 JUNE 2013, HTTP://WWW.VINELOCUM.COM.AU

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and analyse the annual production management cycle of a vineyard

Activities:
Case study analysis with field trips and workshops will be used to explore the annual production cycle of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Identify and manage the factors that have an impact on yield and quality of grapes and wine with emphasis on premium grape production

Activities:
Case study analysis with field trips and workshops will be used to explore the management of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Evaluate the effects of environmental factors on grape and wine quality

Activities:
Case study analysis with field trips and workshops will be used to explore the effect of environment on grape and wine quality. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Research methods of avoiding or responding to adverse weather conditions

Activities:
Case study analysis with field trips and workshops will be used to explore the management of adverse weather conditions on a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Describe and explain the HACCP principles and their application in the modern vineyard and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and environmental issues applicable to vineyard management

Activities:
Case study analysis with field trips and workshops will be used to explore quality processes of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions. Group discussion of ethical and environmental issues will be considered.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2017, 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*
Essay (1000 words)15 02, 03, 04
Group vineyard management report (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
On-line quiz/test (7 x approx. 15 minutes)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Practical reports (3 x reports 1200 words total)20 01, 02, 03, 04