UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Agricultural Science

Honours in Agricultural Science builds upon your knowledge gained at undergraduate level through an emphasis on processes at a farming systems level. The question of how to achieve sustainable and profitable production is addressed. You will visit and collect data from the UWA Future Farm at Pingelly. The links between soils, water, plants, livestock and farm management are explored on the farm, in lectures and through assessment items including economic modelling. You will develop an in-depth understanding of how farming systems function which will allow you to anticipate and adapt to the many challenges that are currently facing our agricultural systems. The skills gained in this honours specialisation will equip you for careers in a wide range of areas including farm managers, farm advisors and policy analysts in the public sector.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of Agricultural Science; (2) design and implement a research project that fills an identified gap in knowledge; (3) critically analyse results and draw evidence-based conclusions; (4) manage and analyse research data sets using appropriate statistical tests; (5) present research outcomes orally and in the form of a scientific paper; and (6) convey specialist knowledge in the field of Agricultural Science.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Agricultural Science major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2AGRI4511Agriculture Honours Research Project DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in the Honours (Agricultural Science) degree in the Faculty of Science
S1, S2AGRI4512Agriculture Honours Research PresentationCo-requisites: AGRI5544 Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2AGRI5541Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 1Co-requisites: AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development
S1, S2AGRI5542Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 2Co-requisites: AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development
S1, S2AGRI5543Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 3Co-requisites: AGRI4512 Agriculture Honours Research Presentation
S1, S2AGRI5544Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 4Co-requisites: AGRI4512 Agriculture Honours Research Presentation
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points (at least one of which is Level 4):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production SciencePrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2AGRI4402AgribusinessPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (coursework) (73530) or the Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002)
NSAGRI4403Animal ReproductionPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility: ANIM3358/ANIM3359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2, ANIM8358/ANIM8359 Animal Science and Technology Part 1/Part 2
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal BiotechnologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility: AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant BiotechnologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility: AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human NutritionPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1AGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in ActionPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Incompatibility: SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and BiotechnologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours or equivalent
Incompatibility: SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
NSAGRI5504Organic AgriculturePrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility: SCIE3303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, SCIE8303 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
NSAGRI5508Sustainable Grazing SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand AnalysisPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours in the Faculty of Science or honours in the Business School
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone
NSENVT5510Soil DynamicsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem BiogeochemistryPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility: ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science