FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES

AGR3FTE

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

Knowledge of technology used in global rural enterprises and agriculture technological will be explored with relevant industry examples. (1) Sensing systems which include a background to Global Positioning Systems, Geographical Information Systems, telemetry and drones, with examples of sensing applications such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil. (2) Modelling technologies will assist in providing productivity estimation. (3) Industry relevant genetic engineering and genomic technologies will be briefly explored and the final topic (4) Emerging technologies, will assist the student in developing skills in technology suitability assessment. An understanding of the interrelationships will be gained between technology, performance, social, ethical,sustainability and production efficiency. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an inter connected world, being able to recognise the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities - now and in the future.


SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR2FFT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is taught at the Epping Campus of Melbourne Polytechnic.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGreen RFID SystemsRecommendedRoselli L, 2014CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsMeasuring the NaturalRecommendedStrangeways, I 2003CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsCRISPR plants now subject to tough new GM laws in European UnionRecommendedCallaway 2018NATURE, VOL. 560
ReadingsPlants, Genes, and AgricultureRecommendedChrispeels, MJ & Gepts, P 2017OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.
ReadingsShifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genomeRecommendedIWGSC 2018SCIENCE, VOL 361.
ReadingsThese CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOsRecommendedLi 2018THE CONVERSATION
ReadingsGoverning Risk in GMRecommendedBaram, M & Bourrier, MCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsAgricultural Technology Assessment ToolRecommendedUSAID 2011USAID-ATAI
ReadingsGenomic variation in 3,010 diverse accessions of Asian cultivated riceRecommendedWang and Mauleon 2018NATURE, VOL. 557
ReadingsAgro-Technology A Philosophical IntroductionRecommendedThompson, RP 2014CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsMaking Technology Work - Applications in Energy andRecommendedDeutch,JM, Lester, RK 2004CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, USA.
ReadingsEmerging WirelessRecommendedRaychaudhuri, D & Gerla, MCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsAdvances in Applied NanotechnologyRecommendedPark, B & Appell, M 2014OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Undertake critical analysis of emerging technologies in agricultural production case studies by exploring interrelationships between technology, performance, social, ethical, sustainability and productivity.

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Evaluate genetic engineering and genomic technologies with consideration of the productivity, ethical, environmental and social license dimensions.

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Critically analyse and evaluate the use of different sensing technologies across a range of enterprises.

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 such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Critically review the outputs of modelling software to assess the productivity of an enterprise.

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

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"

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Workshop Sensors 2"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Nine 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
Nine 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
Sensing workshop exercise (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 systems 20 01, 04