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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Martin Barbetti
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
Contact hours
practical classes: 1 hour per week
lectures: 6 x 15 minute online lectures per week
  • 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.