Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the design of pressurized irrigation systems, which include high-pressure systems using fixed sprinkler heads, and low-pressure systems such as drip systems. You will study a core program covering water quality and water budgeting in agriculture and horticulture, and then split into two streams for specific design work in turf/amenity horticulture or agriculture/production horticulture. You are required to design an irrigation system for a particular area of land as a basic computer aide drafting (CAD) drawing.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Note: This subject is taught at the Fairfield campus of Melbourne polytechnic.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse data collected during an irrigation audit

Field activity and computer lab exercise

02. Interpret pressure and flow rate data collected from an existing water source or a pump performance chart

Field activity and computer lab exercise

03. Calculate an annual, weekly and daily water budget for a specified area


04. Evaluate a water quality assessment for suitability for use on various plants and soil types


05. Examine the performance of pressurized irrigation heads and their optimal design configuration using the Sprinkler Profile and Coverage Evaluation (SPACE) program

Computer lab exercise

06. Design a pressurized irrigation system for a nominated area

Lectures and computer lab exercise

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Fairfield (MelbPolytechnic), 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Combination of Face-to-Face and Online."

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Combination of Face-to-Face and Online."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Irrigation Audit Report (1,400 words)Field exercise requires an existing system for audit, including access to existing plans and water source30 01
Written test (1 hour ,1,000-word equivalent)20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Irrigation Design assignment (2,000-word equivalent)Final designs must be submitted as a CAD file50 01, 02, 05, 06