AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

AGR1AST

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This core subject introduces students to a range of Australian agricultural production systems and associated technologies, including aquaculture, viticulture, horticulture, cropping and livestock systems. Students will develop knowledge of key concepts of each industry, from production-cycle, agribusiness and agro-ecological perspectives. Contemporary issues facing Australian agricultural systems will be explored, including production limitations, market challenges, environmental sustainability, and issues of social license. Students will develop practical agricultural skills that are generic and /or specific to a particular enterprise depending on the students' primary interests. Skills in the safe operation of a range of agricultural equipment will be acquired and all occupational health and safety requirements will be canvassed.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

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 Admission into SBATE or requires subject coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsNote: this subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Australian agriculture: its history and challenges

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHensell, T

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Code of Ethics and Accompanying Guidelines

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAg Institute of Australia (AIA)

Year2018

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAG INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://www.aginstitute.com.au/data/Company_Documents/AIA_Revised_Code_of_Ethics_Approved_April_2018.pdf

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

State of the Climate

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCSIRO and BOM

Year2018

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.csiro.au/en/Showcase/state-of-the-climate

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Regulation of Australian Agriculture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorProductivity Commission

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/agriculture/report/agriculture-overview.pdf

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

New technologies in aquaculture: Improving proaquaculture: Improving production efficiency, quality and environmental managementduction efficiency, quality and environmental management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBurnell, G & Allan G

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCRC PRESS, WOODHEAD PUBLISHING LIMIPUBLISHING LIMITED,TED

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Recirculating aquaculture systems

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTimmons, M & Eberling, B

Year2007

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherCAYUGA AQUA VENTURES, NRAR

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Australian grain production a snapshot

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAegic

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAEGIC

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.aegic.org.au/australian-grain-production-a-snapshot/, last viewed 6/11/2019

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The Farming Game: agricultural management and marketing

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMalcolm, B, Makeham, J & Wright, V

Year2005

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Farm business

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorNuthall,P

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCABI, WALLINGFORD

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Snapshot of Australian Agriculture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorJackson, Zammit and Hatfield-Dodds

Year2018

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherABARES

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/Documents/snapshot-australian-agriculture.pdf

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Top ten issues affecting Australian agriculture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBurns

Year2017

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherTHE LAND

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.theland.com.au/story/4801143/top-ten-issues-affecting-australian-agriculture/

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

On borrowed time: Australia''s environmental crisis and what we must do about it

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorLindenmayer, D

Year2007

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPENGUIN BOOKS, CAMBERWELL, VICTORIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The red meat industry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMLA

Year2019

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherMEAT AND LIVESTOCK AUSTRALIA

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttps://www.csiro.au/en/Showcase/state-of-the-climate

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explore contemporary issues facing Australian agricultural systems, including production limitations, market challenges, environmental sustainability, and issues of social license.
02. Describe and explain a range of Australian agricultural production systems, including aquaculture, viticulture, horticulture, cropping and livestock systems, from production cycle, agribusiness and agro-ecological perspectives.
03. Explore ethics and professional codes of conduct within the Australian agricultural sector.
04. Demonstrate the safe operation of a range of equipment used in agricultural enterprises, observing all occupational health and safety requirements with an awareness of environmental and ethical issues.
05. Explore and reflect on the career possibilities in the agriculture industry and the skills required.

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-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Five 2.00 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Flipped classroom delivery mode. Students have access to both recorded lectures and lecture handouts

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Five 6.00 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
Five 2.50 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students can attend either face- to-face tutorials, on-line tutorial classes or access recorded tutorials

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
Five 2.50 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Students can attend either face- to-face tutorials, on-line tutorial classes, or access recorded tutorials

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Practical exam at farm, vineyard, winery or aquaculture centre (1hr 45min equiv to 1800 words). 5 days (x 6 hours) of practical skills training. Practical assessment at the completion of each short course

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo40 SILO4

Theory short quizzes (5 x 20 minutes) (1800 words equivalent). Multiple choice and short answer online quizzes (5 x 20 minutes). Includes content on cultural influences on international agricultural markets

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Vodcast on ethics and codes of professional conduct (10 minutes, equivalent to 500 words). Posted oral vodcast (10 minutes), discussing a topical issue or challenge

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

One 500 word assessment task (or equivalent) based on Career Planning activities. Part of Career Ready Advantage. Career planning module and reflection

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO5