AGRONOMY 1

AGR1AGR

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will develop your knowledge in the practice of agronomy as an activity that under pins plant production practices in sustainable agriculture. Different options for crop and pasture establishment and management will be explored as well as conventional, alternative and sustainable systems for plant management. Skills in decision-making related to crop varieties, establishment, and growth will be developed and students will learn how these integrate into production planning. You will be introduced to the ecology of weeds and learn how to identify common weeds, insects and crop and pasture diseases. You will develop the skills to assess a crop and pasture monitoring program and practice these skills in the field and apply them to production planning. The environment and principles of sustainable agriculture will be considered in production planning.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

ABS - Agriculture

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAustralian Bureau of Statistics

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherN/A

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.abs.gov.au/agriculture

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Field Crop Herbicide Guide

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorFrankel, Jess. Bentley, W.A.,

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherKondinin Group

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Soil analysis: an interpretation manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorEd K.I. Peverill, L. A. Sparrow

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

BO  Bureau of Meteorology

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAustralian Bureau of Meteorology

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherN/A

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://www.bom.gov.au/?ref=hdr

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Agriculture Victoria

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorVictorian government, Dept of Agriculture.

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherN/A

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://agriculture.vic.gov.au/

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Pests of field crops and pastures

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBailey, P

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Interpreting soil test results: what do all the numbers mean?

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHazelton, P & Murphy

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Weeds of the south-east: an identification guide for Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorRichardson, F, Richardson R & Shepard, R

Year2001

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Australian soil fertility manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPrice, G

Year2006

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherCSIROPUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The coming famine

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCribb, J

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Agriculture in Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMalcom, B, Sale, P Leury, B and Barlow S

Year2009

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherOxford university press

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Integrated pest management for crops and pastures

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorHorne, P & Page, J

Year2006

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherLANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Managing for healthy soils

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBrouwer, D

Year2012

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOrange, N.S.W DPI

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Agriculture Australia

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAustralian government, Dept Agriculture.

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherN/A

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.agriculture.gov.au/

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe and explain the fundamental aspects of plant biology relevant to agricultural plant production practices
02. Describe different crop and pasture establishment and management options
03. Investigate, develop and present a crop and/or pasture establishment program in a format suitable for a professional audience
04. Measure plant growth and yield of crops and/or pastures
05. Identify common weeds, pests and diseases of crops and pastures and discuss the range of management options to control them

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Class requirements

Industry Based Learning-Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
One 8.00 hours industry based learning-off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
A field trip is included to view practical agronomy in industry

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Recorded via ZOOM

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Three 3.00 hours practical other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Students will practice weed identification competences in field/campus situations during unscheduled times. Weed identification skills are practiced and then evidenced as part of the practical assessments.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Three 6.00 hours practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Farm based activities and practicals will be demonstrated. Note these dates are subject to change if weather conditions are not suitable.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours practical other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Experimental kit is provided for students for self- directed study. Students must arrange to collect experimental kit from Epping in weeks 1 or 2.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
An intensive, one day weed workshop will be delivered to teach students how to identify weeds and overview control methods. This knowledge is required for the practical assessment

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Practical Assessment - 2 Reports (450 words each, total is 900 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Crop management plan (1,500-words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Written Exam (2 hours) (2,000- words equivalent). Exams will be completed at the Melbourne Polytechnic campus

N/AOther written examIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5