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Unit Overview


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.

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

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ian Small and Professor Philip Vercoe
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
Contact hours
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 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.