Agricultural Science and Technology [not available in 2020] major

There is a critical need to produce food and fibre more efficiently and in a more sustainable manner. There are now rapid changes in the agricultural sector, largely due to developments in agricultural technology. This double major provides knowledge in both the traditional agricultural science areas as well as the emerging agricultural technologies, which are data intensive. The combination of Agricultural Science with Agricultural Technology will give students the ability to integrate new technologies into agricultural systems for improved decision making and farming efficiency/profitability. In this double major you will develop skills in agricultural economics, soils, crops and livestock as well remote sensing and data management and analysis, within an agricultural context.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the soil and biology of plants and animals in an agricultural context; (2) demonstrate an understanding of mixed farming systems and the environment in Western Australia; (3) demonstrate skills and knowledge to assess agricultural systems using experimental, modelling and statistical methods; (4) understand fundamental spatial data techniques and digital systems and sensors for agricultural applications; (5) demonstrate capacity to solve farming problems using programming and data science methods.; (6) integrate agricultural data analysis with farming systems information to guide decision making for improved efficiency and profitability; (7) demonstrate networking, communication and leadership skills; and (8) apply the knowledge and skills required for employment related to agricultural science and technology.

Degree-specific major

Agricultural Science and Technology [not available in 2020] can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Agricultural Science and Technology [not available in 2020] is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • seven Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AGRI1001 Feeding the World
S2 BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
AGRI1101 Feeding the World (SCIE1104 Science Society and Data Analysis
or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics )
S2 CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science
Prerequisites:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
S1 ENVT2236 Soil Science
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology and SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
EART2230 Soil Science Essentials
or
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
S1 GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Incompatibility:
GENE2204 Principles of Genetics, GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 PLNT2201 Plants in Action
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S1, S2 SCIE2205 Science Work Placement
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A AGRI3003 Decisions from Data in Agriculture
Prerequisites:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems, GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems,
Co-requisites:
CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science
S2 ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit
or
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
S1 ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points
S1 ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions
Prerequisites:
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils
or
ENVT2250 Ecology
or
ENVT2236 Soil Science
Incompatibility:
EART3336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART8336 Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition, EART3360 Soil-Plant Interactions
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites:
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Agricultural Science and Technology [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course .

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There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .