Sustainable Farming Systems (AGRO4004)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit is designed to provide students with training in the professional skills required to practice agronomy. The unit principally builds on theoretical and applied knowledge gained in second year plant physiology (PLNT2003) and third year agronomy (AGRO3004). In this unit students will integrate their knowledge of plant physiology, soil science, experimental design, and biometry to address applied problems in agronomy, namely the issue of sustainability. Students will develop their ability to establish conclusions towards making recommendations for long term sustainability of crop and pasture systems. By implementing and managing a major field and/or glasshouse experiment(s) students will develop their research and inquiry skills. Team work is strongly encouraged in this unit and the integration and reporting of research findings will facilitate critical thinking and development of written communication skills. After completing this unit, students should be able to confidently design and manage a glasshouse/field experiment, and interpret and communicate their findings, by integrating knowledge from across disciplinary boundaries.

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Classes

Negotiated practicals and workshops (63h)

Assessment

Written report on the field/glasshouse experiment(s) (33%), oral debates/discussions on sustainable systems (33%), essay on sustainable agriculture (34%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

AGRO3004

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