FUTURE FARMING TECHNOLOGIES

AGR2FFT

2020

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. Knowledge and skills in three key technological areas will be developed: (1) Sensing technology for environment, climate, plant soil and animals will be explored, including the use of telemetry, drones, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and geographic information systems (GIS); (2) Agricultural production modelling for assessment of productivity and benchmarking; and (3) Genetic engineering and genomic technologies that are relevant to the industry will be briefly explored. The ability to objectively assess emerging technologies for their magnitude and certainty of benefit is a key intended learning outcome. An understanding of the interrelationships between technology, performance, social, ethical, sustainability and production efficiency will be gained.

 

 

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR3FTE

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the interrelationships between technology, performance, sustainability and production efficacy in agricultural industries

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.

02. Explain the role of technologies, with respect to genetic engineering methodologies and genomics, with an awareness of the ethical, environmental and social issues.

Activities:
Students will gain awareness of the implications of genetic engineering and genomic technologies using case studies. Class discussions will be used to help refine arguments and form evidence- based opinions.

03. Evaluate different technologies associated with precision agriculture, including sensing technologies, GPS and GIS

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 workshops will cover theory while workshops will explore sensing systems, GPS and GIS.

04. 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.

Activities:
Lectures and recommended literature will provide students with the theory. A workshop will provide students with an opportunity to undertake modelling of crop-soil systems, applications to other systems will be also be discussed.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Day

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Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

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 1"

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"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Ten 2.5 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students can choose either the face-to-face or virtual (Online) class option."

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Ten 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students can choose either the face-to-face or virtual (Online) class option."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Oral presentation assessing emerging technology (20 minutes,900-words equivalent)Oral presentation or podcast assessing magnitude and certainty of benefits of a selected emerging technology in an agricultural industry.20 01, 02
Construct a sensor (900-words equivalent)Sensor technical specification. Questions on sensor principles, telemetry and sensor evaluation will be answered.20 01, 03
Case study examining an application of future technology (1800-words)Written report describing and critically analysing an emerging technology in a selected agricultural industry, including an assessment of magnitude and certainty of benefits.40 01
Modelling workshop exercise (900- word equivalent)A written practical report of exercises completed during the modelling workshop, exploring the calibration and use of predictive models for agricultural production systems20 01, 04