Research and Practice in Hort Science (HORT4005)


This Unit of Study provides students with a scientific grounding in the sustainable production of safe and nutritious fruit, vegetables and nuts. The unit encompasses the fundamentals of produce and nursery production, including an analysis of production system options, agro-ecosystem/resource management, and industry best production and management practices. The unit will use case studies exemplifying important developments in horticultural production, supply and marketing chains. Students will examine multiple real world examples of horticulture, and use a supply chain framework to develop skills in integrative system evaluation, problem identification, data analysis and interpretation, and systematic problem-solving. Combining relevant industry knowledge, critical analytical skills, and a systems perspective will enable students to make valid, scientifically-informed decisions in horticulture and beyond. The unit is comprised of the key learning activities: lecture/tutorials, practicals in production and post-harvest horticulture techniques, and site visits to horticultural producers, research sites and peak industry bodies. The site visit program includes a week-long field trip to major horticultural production regions to view operations and Q&A with owner/operators.

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1x2h tut/wk; one 1-week excursion


Pre-Field trip industry report (10%); Field trip industry report (15%); 2 x Practical reports (2 x 25%) 50%; End of semester exam 25%.

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