AGRI5545 International Agriculture: Research and Development (Agricultural Economics)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit explores the role of research and development in productivity increases of selected crops/agricultural systems of international interest. Agricultural science, and related disciplines, plays an important role in our understanding of the constraints and challenges associated with food and fibre production, and the development of innovative solutions for improved productivity of sustainable agricultural systems. The unit commences with an introduction to world agriculture, including agroecological zones of major crop and livestock enterprises. The economics and decision-making framework for prioritisation of agricultural research, extension and adoption are considered. The fundamentals of soils and land capability, selected crops and livestock species and systems, of world interest, are introduced and students evaluate case studies integrating the physical, biological and socioeconomic characteristics of selected farming systems. The important contribution of agricultural science to how selected commodities are produced, the benefits to livelihoods of communities, and to meeting the increasing world demand for food and fibre, are emphasised in the series of lectures, discussions, student presentations and a written report.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate sound knowledge of selected agricultural systems of international interest; (2) understand the application of some principals of economics and decision-theory for prioritisation of agricultural research and development projects within an international setting; (3) identify constraints and challenges associated with food and/or fibre production systems, as well as propose research needs and/or solutions for improved productivity and sustainable systems; (4) demonstrate a capacity for broad and critical thinking in relation to how agricultural systems function and how agricultural research is conducted; (5) communicate about key factors related to international agricultural research and agricultural systems; and (6) interpret international research and development pertaining to agricultural economics.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshops—attendance, preparation of written summary reports and participation including short presentations; (2) written final report; and (3) formal oral presentation (group work) and participation as audience for all student presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assoc/Prof Louise Barton
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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