Our ever-changing world requires knowledge that extends across multiple disciplines. The ability to identify and explore interdisciplinary links is a crucial skill for emerging professionals and researchers alike. AGRI3888 presents the opportunity to bring together the concepts and skills you have learnt in your discipline and apply them to a real-world problem. For example, you will be part of an interdisciplinary student project team that investigates a real-world problem involving sustainable plant production in Australia. You will spend 2-5 days conducting fieldwork, observing and measuring production and related environmental attributes, and work collaboratively in a series of practical sessions (before and after the fieldwork) to digitally map crop and soil data, and to critically analyse all collected and mapped data. Each project group will then compile a 'consultant's report' for the landholder(s), detailing the issue or problem, the diagnosis and the recommended management strategies to optimize crop production/business returns, while protecting the environment. All of these skills are highly valued by employers. The fieldwork and practical sessions will be scaffolded with a series of lectures covering agronomy for legumes, cotton and pastures, along with irrigation and integrated pest management, and data requirements for site-specific crop management. You will foster the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, which is essential for both professional and research pathways in the future.
4 hrs/week; some weeks 2 hrs lect, 2 hrs prac, other weeks 4 hrs prac
Mapping and identification of issue report (500-1000 words, individual work) - 20%; Consultant report (2500 words, group work) - 30%; Consultant presentation (20 mins, group work) - 20%; Viva voce examination (10 mins per student) - 30%
12cp from (AGRO3004 or AGRI2001 or BIOL2X31 or AGEN2005)