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 (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
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
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
S1, S2SCIE5571Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours)(BH004) in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science
or
Natural Resource Management ; completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)(BH005); enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) with a mark of at least 70% in ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science and a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of units completed within the course;
or
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) and a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of units completed within the course.
Incompatibility:
AGRI5560 Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal, AGRI5509 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development, AGRI5551 Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, AGRI4511 Agriculture Honours Research Project Development , AGRI5541 Agriculture Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, ENVT5011 Research Project in Environmental Science Part 1, SCIE4501 Science Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Co-requisites:
SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Co-requisites:
SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Co-requisites:
SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
Take 1 unit from this group (6 points).
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1AGRI5545International Agriculture: Research and Development (Agricultural Economics)
S1AGRI5546International Agriculture: Research and Development (Crop and Livestock Farming Systems)
S1AGRI5547International Agriculture: Research and Development (Genetics and Breeding)
S1AGRI5548International Agriculture: Research and Development (Soil Science and Plant Nutrition)
Take 2 units (12 points) at least 1 unit must be a level 4 unit:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
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)
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
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 Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) (HON-BOTNY) Botany
or
(HON-CONBI) Conservation Botany
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
S1AGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites:
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)
S2AGRI5402Agribusiness
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530)
or
the Master of International Development (71550)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
honours in the Faculty of Science
or
Business School
Incompatibility:
AGRI4402 Agribusiness
S2AGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
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
S1AGRI5504Organic Agriculture
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
Master of Biotechnology (71580)
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
S1AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management - Principles
Incompatibility:
SCIE3351 Integrated Pest Management, SCIE8351 Integrated Pest Management
S2AGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
Prerequisites:
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)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications