SCIE5507 Food Fibre and Fuel Security

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit will focus on the factors, technologies and policies that influence global food, fibre and fuel production. Plant, animal and microbe systems will be considered in light of social and environmental issues such as population growth, climate change, urbanisation and land use, the availability of water and fertilisers and the global food system. Strategies being taken or considered to mitigate the negative effects of these issues from the farm to the lab to national and transnational levels will be discussed.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the factors influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (2) develop an understanding of the technologies influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (3) develop an understanding of the policies influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (4) expand oral and written communication skills; and (5) expand analytical and critical communication skills.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) debate and summary and (2) review and presentation of an aspect of food, fibre and biofuel security. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Philip Vercoe and Associate Professor Martha Ludwig
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology
or
the Master Agricultural Science
Contact hours
On average 6 hours a week in the form of lectures, tutorials and/or workshops.
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