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Unit Overview


Food needs to be produced more efficiently and sustainably. There are now rapid changes in the agricultural sector, particularly with developments in agricultural technology and sensors. This technology is data-driven and has the potential to significantly increase production efficiency and reduce the environmental impact from agriculture; however, the key is making good decisions from the data. In this unit, students will utilise their agricultural knowledge and skills in data science, geographic information systems (GIS) and sensors. The unit teaches students to integrate their knowledge of farming systems with technology-derived data to make decisions for improved production efficiency and profitability.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Agricultural Science and Technology; Agricultural Technology major sequences

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how agricultural technology and sensors can be used to improve farm productivity; (2) apply agricultural principles and skills in data analysis to agricultural management decisions; (3) integrate diverse knowledge (data science, geographic information systems, sensors and agricultural systems) and apply it to problems in agriculture; and (4) apply professional skills in communication in the context of agricultural technology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) consultant report 1; and (3) consultant report 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr John Duncan and Dr Bonny Stutsel
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
or Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Contact hours
Structured practical classes (Computer Lab): 2 x 2 hours per week for weeks 1-8
Student-led assignment work (Computer Lab): 2 x 2 hours per week for weeks 9-11
(Note: this may include a field-based drone practical at Shenton Park Research Station)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.