SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Agricultural Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit focuses on how agricultural systems in Western Australia are rapidly changing in response to the need for more environmentally responsible production methods and a changing climate. The unit introduces the main temperate crop species and then uses a systems approach to provide an understanding of the relationships between crops, pastures, livestock, weeds, plant diseases and the environment. There is in-depth consideration of crop agronomy, conservation cropping, no-tillage and weed and disease control. Modelling as a tool to improve our understanding of complex agricultural systems is discussed and models evaluated.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the place of Australian agriculture in world food production; (2) recall key characteristics and agronomy of major crops grown in Western Australia; (3) know the major pathogens and weeds that affect crops in Western Australia and how they can be controlled; (4) discuss how agricultural systems can be managed to achieve more sustainable production; (5) demonstrate the use of models to simulate complex agricultural systems; and (6) demonstrate critical thinking at a farming systems scale.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) farm project; (2) assignments (modelling and field day); and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Flower
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Contact hours
lectures/computer labs: 4 hours per week
Unit Outline
https://lms.uwa.edu.au/bbcswebdav/xid-4582273_1
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