Major Overview

Description

There is a critical need to produce food and fibre more efficiently and sustainably. There are now rapid changes in the agricultural sector, largely due to developments in agricultural technology. This data-intensive technology has the potential to significantly increase production efficiency and reduce the environmental impact from agriculture; however, the key is making sense of the data and developing profitable and sustainable farming strategies. The Agricultural Technology major provides a broad agricultural background along with the necessary skills in data management and analysis, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. In this major, you will develop skills to integrate data analysis and knowledge of complex agricultural systems to make decisions for improved efficiency and profitability.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) critically assess mixed farming systems in Western Australia; (2) demonstrate skills and knowledge to assess agricultural systems using experimental, modelling and statistical methods; (3) explain fundamental spatial data techniques and digital systems and sensors for agricultural applications; (4) demonstrate capacity to solve farming-related problems using programming and data science methods; (5) integrate agricultural data with farming systems information to guide decision making for improved efficiency, profitability and/or environmental outcomes; (6) demonstrate effective networking and communication skills; and (7) demonstrate competency in laboratory practice, report writing, oral presentation and team work skills suited to gain employment in the discipline of Agricultural Tecnology..

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year. Students without ATAR mathematics will take two level one mathematics units. ATAR Chemistry. Students without ATAR Chemistry will need to take a level one chemistry unit.

Incompatibilities

MJD-AGSCI Agricultural Science, MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology

Courses

Agricultural Technology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
SS
summer teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (18 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AGRI1001 Feeding the World None
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Applications or equivalent
or Mathematics Methods or equivalent
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Successful completion of
Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Or SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Incompatibility
Successful completion of
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications
or ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or equivalent
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
Or Successful completion of
Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Bridging units

Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete SCIE1500. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and SCIE1500.

Note: Students who have completed MATH1721, are not required to complete SCIE1500.


Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or with permission
Incompatibility
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher
S1, S2 SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Subject Mathematics Applications
or Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (ID 5107)
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Methods
and Unit(s) MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (ID 5108)

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or Unit(s) AGRI1001 Feeding the World
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or equivalent
or Enrolment in
MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes
and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists
Incompatibility
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites
36 points of prior study
S1, S2, SS 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 (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 AGRI3003 Decisions from Data in Agriculture
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
or Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S1 ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
48 points in your chosen degree
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) AGRI1001 Feeding the World