Credit points: 15
In this subject students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of plants and plant physiology, and examine the impact of and interactions between components of crop production. Students will study the biological processes of plants from cellular level to seedling emergence and maturation. Through theory, laboratory work and experimentation, students will develop an understanding of the impacts on plant physiology and growth of natural and artificial influences. Natural plant breeding systems and developments and implications of genetic modification will be considered and investigated in the context of crop, vine and pasture production systems. Students will develop and present plant management plans.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites SCI1LS1 and Admission into SBATE
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Advances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. V. Effect of seasonal conditions on wheat and barley yield response to applied nitrogen across management zones||Recommended||Anwar, M, O'Leary, G, Rab, M 2009||CROP AND PASTURE SCIENCE, VOL. 60, NO. 9, PP. 901-911.|
|Readings||An introduction to geographical information systems||Recommended||Carver, S, Heywood, I & Cornelius, S 2006||3RD EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, MELBOURNE.|
|Readings||Design of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciences||Recommended||Hoshmand, A 2006||2ND EDN, CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL.|
|Readings||Guide to Australian landcare management system: designed from the ground up by landholders to improve natural resource management||Recommended||Gleeson, T 2006||AUSTRALIAN LANDCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LEGUME, N.S.W.|
|Readings||Integrated Pest Management for crops and pastures||Recommended||Horne, P & Page, J 2008||LANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA.|
|Readings||Pests of field crops and pastures||Recommended||Bailey, P 2007||CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.|
|Readings||Productivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performance||Recommended||Mullen, J, 2007||AUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW.|
|Readings||The adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system - challenges and opportunities||Recommended||Jochinke, D, Bernard, N & Wachsmann, N 2007||FIELD CROPS RESEARCH, VOL. 104, NO. 1-3, PP. 68-76.|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Investigate and describe how plants function and identify the ways in which environmental factors can influence plant physiology and growth
- Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will explore plant functions. The greenhouse and laboratory growth chambers will be used for practical demonstrations and investigations.
02. Describe and explain the basic terminology of plant morphology, taxonomy and physiology
- Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will explore plant morphology using common pasture and crop species and weeds. Use of paper-based and electronic keys will be used to identify species. Laboratory exercise to demonstrate plant physiology will be used.
03. Apply physiological processes of plant growth to plant management for a selected crop, pasture or vineyard
- Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will apply plant physiological functions to the development of basic plant management techniques. A management plan will be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
04. Describe crop and/or vine production systems and the components of associated production
- Using practical workshop sessions, group discussion and field trips to the farm and vineyards, students will apply plant physiological functions to exploring production systems. A management plan will be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
05. Produce and present nutritional management plans using language suitable for a professional audience
- Using practical workshop sessions, group discussion and field trips to the farm and vineyards, students will apply their knowledge to exploring a nutritional plan for a production system. A management plan will incorporate the nutritional plan and be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
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Epping, 2018, Week 08-23, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
Two 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Laboratory Reports (practical notebook, 800 words equivalent)||30||01, 02, 04|
|Management Plan (1200 words)||30||02, 03, 05|
|Written Exam (2 hours)||40||01, 02, 03, 04|