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Agricultural Science and Food Production (ANS105)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces principles of agricultural science and food production systems locally, nationally and internationally. The unit describes major agricultural systems in the world and introduces students to major challenges associated with profitable and sustainable agriculture, including increased demand for agricultural products driven by population growth and changing environmental and consumer landscapes. Challenges to agricultural production and the role of new technologies will be considered, along with an introduction to global food trade and associated policies.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week. Practical work, field excursions and workshops: equivalent to 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines formal lectures that explore the underlying principles of agriculture, with case studies that illuminate how this knowledge is critical in a range of applied contexts. Formal lectures are underpinned with readings from seminal publications.

A series of field practicals give students the opportunity to see crop and animal production in the field, and visit food handling and processing facilities. These visits will enhance the theoretical aspects of the unit. By necessity they will use Western Australian examples, but these will be grounded in the broader context of the unit.

Students are given the opportunity to illustrate their learning in (a) a half-semester on-line quiz (10%), (b) a major assignment (2,000 words) which integrates across the theoretical and practical aspects of the unit (40%), and (c) a formal examination of all material (50%).
Assessment Assessment will be aimed at determining the level of understanding of each student, using an array of techniques (on line quiz, written assignment and formal examination). The written assignment will also aim to develop the student's report writing skills by setting a task that integrates across content presented in lectures, from readings and field excursions.

Quiz/test Summative 10% mid semester
Report Formative 40% end teaching period
Exam 2 hour summative 50% end teaching period
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Crop and Pasture Science (BSc)
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Graham O'Hara
Head of Discipline Agricultural Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2583
e: G.Ohara@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.011 - Building 240, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Graham O'Hara
Head of Discipline Agricultural Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2583
e: G.Ohara@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.011 - Building 240, Murdoch Campus
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