Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will participate in a series of case studies and a field trip to cropping regions in rural Victoria. You will work in teams and act as advisers to grower clients on how best to manage their crop production business. You will develop skills in accessing relevant information and in a range of teamwork and communication activities, as you develop your recommendations for a series of problems areas, for the client in the case study. On the field trip, you will learn basic field crop agronomy and research skills.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Hunt

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents MUST check details of dates & costs of field trips with the department. This field course incurs additional costs.

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. Critically analyse complex crop production problems/scenarios through consideration of the interacting biological, economic, and social factors that affect sustainable production and profitability in agricultural production systems.
02. Access and synthesise information from multiple sources to address and understand real life problems in managed crop production systems.
03. Work in teams to analyse and propose solutions for different case study problems which draw on relevant information from case studies and research.
04. Write consultant reports for clients which synthesise the analysis of the real life agricultural production problems or risks and recommend the most appropriate management strategies.
05. Identify key crop, weed, disease, pest and beneficial invertebrate species.
06. Conduct basic agronomic field assessments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJames Hunt

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Problem-solving sessions


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Short written problem-solving recommendations (1000 word equivalent). Completed in class at the end of problem solving sessions

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO4

Online quizzes x 10 (total 500 words equivalent). Quizzes test knowledge of readings and preparation for problem solving sessions

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Consultant's report (1000 word equivalent)

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Photo (spelfie) collection (750 word equivalent). Photo collections will be assessed for accuracy of species identification and quality of photos.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO5

Yield estimate report (750 word equivalent). Yield estimate worksheets will be assessed for correct calculations based on field observations.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO6