FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES

AGR3FTE

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

Knowledge of technology used in global rural enterprises and agriculture technological will be explored with relevant industry examples. (1) Sensing systems which include a background to Global Positioning Systems, Geographical Information Systems, telemetry and drones, with examples of sensing applications such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil. (2) Modelling technologies will assist in providing productivity estimation. (3) Industry relevant genetic engineering and genomic technologies will be briefly explored and the final topic (4) Emerging technologies, will assist the student in developing skills in technology suitability assessment. An understanding of the interrelationships will be gained between technology, performance, social, ethical, sustainability and production efficiency. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an inter connected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities - now and in the future.


SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR2FFT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGreen RFID SystemsRecommendedRoselli L, 2014CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsMeasuring the Natural EnvironmentRecommendedStrangeways, I 2003CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsThe Geostationary Applications SatelliteRecommendedBerlin, P 2004CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsGoverning Risk in GM AgricultureRecommendedBaram, M & Bourrier, M 2014CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsAgro-Technology A Philosophical IntroductionRecommendedThompson, RP 2014CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsTechnology and Global ChangeRecommendedGrRbler, A 2003CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsMaking Technology Work - Applications in Energy and the EnvironmentRecommendedDeutch,JM, Lester, RK 2004CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsEmerging Wireless Technologies and the Future Mobile InternetRecommendedRaychaudhuri, D & Gerla, M 2011CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsPlants, Genes, and AgricultureRecommendedChrispeels, MJ & Gepts, P 2017OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.
ReadingsAdvances in Applied Nanotechnology for AgricultureRecommendedPark, B & Appell, M 2014OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse and evaluate the use of different sensing technologies across a range of enterprises.

Activities:
Self-scheduled lectures, flipped classroom and recommended literature will provide students with the theory. Field exercises in small groups will be used to explore applications in a range of enterprises. Lectures and workshop will cover theory while workshops will explore sensing systems such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically review the outputs of prediction software to assess the productivity of an enterprise.

Activities:
Lectures and recommended literature will provide students with the theory. A workshop will provide students with a demonstration and provide an opportunity to undertake modelling. At least one plant based model will be incorporated and applications to other enterprises will be discussed in workshop.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate the consequences of genetic engineering and genomic technologies, with consideration of the ethical, environmental and social license.

Activities:
Using case studies from genetic engineering and genomic technologies, 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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Undertake critical analysis of emerging technologies in rural enterprise case studies on by exploring interrelationships between technology, performance, social, ethical, sustainability and production efficacy.

Activities:
Self-scheduled lectures and recommended literature will provide the theory. Workshops will be used to explore the uses of technology and how it can improve performance. Flipped classroom activates will provide a platform for informed discussion to explore performance, social, ethical and sustainably outcomes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop Modelling"

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop Sensors"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Unscheduled Lecture/ tutorial tasks"

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Zoom or related software. This class will follow a flipped classroom format"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case study examining an application of future technology (2,000-words)Written assignment of 2000 words40 01, 04
Construct a sensor (800-words equivalent)Sensor technical specification. Questions related to describing sensor principles, telemetry and sensor evaluation will be answered20 01, 04
Group presentation (20 minutes, 5 min/student, 500-words equivalent per student)Presentation exploring technology and perceptions20 03
One problem solving task (800-words)Problem solving exercise on the principles and evaluation of GPS/GIS. Problem solving exercise on modelling. Problem solving Online exercise of multiple choice or short answer questions on the principles of the green revolution and the consequential role of technologies. Knowledge of genetic engineering methodologies and genomics also demonstrated. 20 02