SCIE5507 Food Fibre and Fuel Security

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit focuses on the factors, technologies and policies that influence global food, fibre and fuel production. Plant, animal and microbe systems are considered in light of social and environmental issues such as population growth, climate change, urbanisation and land use, the availability of water and fertilisers and the global food system. Strategies being taken or considered to mitigate the negative effects of these issues from the farm to the lab to national and transnational levels are discussed.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the factors influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (2) develop an understanding of the technologies influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (3) develop an understanding of the policies influencing global production and supply of food, fibre and biofuel; (4) expand oral and written communication skills; and (5) expand analytical and critical communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) debate and summary and (2) review and presentation of an aspect of food, fibre and biofuel security. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ian Small and Professor Philip Vercoe
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
Contact hours
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week
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