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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on how agricultural systems in Western Australia are rapidly changing in response to the need for more environmentally responsible production methods and a changing climate. The unit introduces the main temperate crop species and then uses a systems approach to provide an understanding of the relationships between crops, pastures, livestock, weeds, plant diseases and the environment. There is in-depth consideration of crop agronomy, conservation cropping, no-tillage and weed and disease control. Modelling as a tool to improve our understanding of complex agricultural systems is discussed and models evaluated.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Agricultural Science; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agricultural Technology; Agribusiness and Agricultural Science major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the place of Australian agriculture in world food production; (2) recall key characteristics and agronomy of major crops grown in Western Australia; (3) articulate how agricultural systems can be managed to achieve more sustainable production; (4) explain crop and weed models and how they can be used to simulate complex agricultural systems; (5) explain the impact of the major pathogens and weeds on crops in Western Australia and formulate how they can be controlled; and (6) demonstrate critical thinking at a farming systems scale.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) agronomy report; (2) assignments (modelling and field day); and (3) online quizzes. 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
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) AGRI1001 Feeding the World
Advisable prior study
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Contact hours
lectures/computer labs: 4 hours per week
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  • 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.