AGRONOMY 1

AGR1AGR

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject you will develop 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 s kills 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

Readings

Pests of field crops and pastures

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBailey, P

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

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Source locationN/A

Australian soil fertility manual

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPrice, G

Year2006

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherCSIROPUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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Productivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performance

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMullen, J

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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The coming famine

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCribb, J

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHazelton, P & Murphy

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

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Design of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciences

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHoshmand, A

Year2006

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL

ISBNN/A

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

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorRichardson, F, Richardson R & Shepard, R

Year2001

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

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Source locationN/A

Integrated pest management for crops and pastures

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHorne, P & Page, J

Year2006

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherLANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

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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 h 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 h 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 h 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 h 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 h 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 h 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, SILO3

Assignment (1,500-words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO2, 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