AGRI4409 Fundamentals of Agricultural Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides an introduction to Australian agricultural production systems, and the core applied scientific techniques used in Agricultural Science. Different elements of the discipline of Agricultural Science are explored, from animal ethics and welfare, to soil-plant interactions, through to current and emerging technologies in precision agriculture. Through practical laboratory classes and field work students develop the skills needed to work as an effective agricultural scientist. Global issues, such as food security and climate change are discussed within the context of broadacre production systems in Mediterranean and low-rainfall environments.
Students are able to (1) understand the biophysical and socioeconomic factors relevant to ensuring sustainable agricultural production systems in Mediterranean and low-rainfall environments; (2) use a systems approach to problem solving, where knowledge from different discipline areas is integrated to identify solutions to current issues that limit agricultural production in Mediterranean and low-rainfall environments; (3) demonstrate understanding of the key concepts and terms used by applied agricultural science professionals; and (4) demonstrate understanding of good professional practice for laboratory work and field work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) lab and field work reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Graeme Martin
Contact hours
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
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