AGRI1001 Feeding the World

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Agricultural Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
In this unit you will learn about how agricultural systems vary globally across a range of regions and cultures. You will explore the drivers of global food security You will be introduced to the major foods produced around the world and some of the fascinating ways in which agriculture, culture, food preparation and diet are intertwined. The major Australian agricultural systems will be introduced. You will review the roles that agricultural innovation, emerging technologies and research will have in adaptation to challenges such as global warming and increasing global population and affluence. Means to improve environmental outcomes will be emphasised. You will also learn how changing community preferences and expectations of healthy eating, animal welfare, and safety and acceptability of new and emerging technologies are impacting agricultural systems. You will view research projects currently underway at UWA and interact with UWA researchers who are having global impact. You will engage with the agricultural sector by visiting commercial farms, as well as meet and interact with Western Australian farmers and industry leaders.
Students are able to (1) explain how to achieve global food security by intensifying agriculture in an ecologically sustainable manner; (2) describe key global and Australian agricultural systems and the foods they produce to feed the world; (3) investigate how agricultural research, combined with innovative technologies and farming systems, can meet global food and environmental challenges; and (4) explain how agricultural systems and the foods they produce are influenced by culture and changing community perceptions..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written reports on practical (including field) activities; (2) online quizzes; and (3) final presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Megan Ryan
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 x 2 h (double) lecture per week
Tutorials or labs: 1 x 2 h double per week
Fieldtrips: 2 x 1 Saturdays at end of wk 3 and end of week 10
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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