AGRI4401 Precision Agriculture

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Global agriculture needs to feed an increasing world population while also facing climate variability, increased input costs and environmental sustainability issues. In this unit students learn how precision agriculture technology can be used in rainfed cropping systems to meet these challenges. This concept is based on observing, measuring and responding to variability in crop growth and yield in the field. The unit consists of lectures, practicals and a full-day field trip.
Students are able to (1) outline how precision agriculture technology can be used to optimise crop growth and yields and resource-use efficiency; (2) assess soil and crop data to produce maps that show variability in the field; (3) assess soil and crop data to produce maps to produce potential management zones; and (4) demonstrate as advanced knowledge of rate response experiments and use of crop modelling in a precision agriculture context, to make informed cropping decisions..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment on creating management zones; (2) assignment on putting precision agriculture into practice; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kenneth Flower
Unit rules
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)
Advisable prior study:
SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems (formerly SCIE3314 Agricultural Systems) or equivalent
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 6 days in July
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