agr2fft future farming technologies




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 developed: sensing system skills using 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 commercial environments.

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


Incompatible subjects AGR3FTE

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

Lectures, tutorials and workshops in the field will be used to explore the uses of technology and how it can improve performance.

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

Field exercises in small groups will be used to explore GPS applications in a range of enterprises. Groups will discuss their findings in tutorials.

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

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.

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

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.

05. Interpret, communicate and present ideas using appropriate terminology

As above, group exercises and presentations will be used for students gain a deeper understanding of the topics.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 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%ILO*
Case study examining an application of future farming technology (2000 words)4001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Demonstration of practical competency and application (800 words equivalent)2002, 03
Group presentation (20 minutes, 5 min/student, 500 words equivalent per student)Presentation exploring technology and perceptions of use in agriculture2001, 05
3 x Problem solving tasks (1 x 400 words & 2 x 250 words, 900 words equivalent total)2002, 04