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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


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. Analyse data collected during an irrigation audit
02. Interpret pressure and flow rate data collected from an existing water source or a pump performance chart
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
06. Design a pressurized irrigation system for a nominated area

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Fairfield (Melb Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 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.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Irrigation Audit Report (1,400 words). Field exercise requires an existing system for audit, including access to existing plans and water source

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1

Written test (1 hour ,1,000-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Irrigation Design assignment (2,000-word equivalent). Final designs must be submitted as a CAD file

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5, SILO6