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Unit Overview


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.

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)]

Students are able to (1) outline how precision agriculture technology improves production and environmental outcomes; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the principals, applications and limitations of precision agriculture; (3) transform spatial data into useful maps; and (4) synthesise spatial data and farm information into agronomic decision.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gustavo Alckmin
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
Advisable prior study
SCIE3314 Crops and Cropping Systems (formerly SCIE3314 Agricultural Systems) or equivalent
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours
contact hours: 2 x 2 hr computer workshops per week for the first six weeks of semester, plus online materials (videos)
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  • 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.