AGRO211 Identification and Adaptation of Agricultural Plants

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
21 April 2020 24 April 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites BIOL120 or RSNR120 or for BAgribusiness or Bed(InServConv): AGRO100 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Brian Sindel (
Unit Description

Without green plants we would neither breathe nor eat. Of the billions of tons of food the world consumes each year, the bulk comes from agricultural plants, which synthesise it out of air and soil with the help of sunlight. The remainder comes from animal products, which in turn are derived from plants. In this unit the student will become familiar with the recognition, ecology and adaptation of a wide range of agriculturally important plants, including pasture, crop and weed species. In particular students' will learn how to identify these plants and to understand in what ways they are adapted to soils and the climatic environment. The principles of how these plants interact with one another will also be addressed.

Important Information

The student is required to pass both the theory and practical components of this unit to pass the unit overall.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the subject by identifying and/or recognising a range of agriculturally important plant specimens and be able to name them (both common and botanical names);
  2. demonstrate a broad knowledge of related plants and their uses, communicating this information to others verbally and in written forms;
  3. show a broad understanding of the ecology of weed, crop and pasture species and their interactions and the regions to which they are adapted across Australia;
  4. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the origin of a wide range of species and transmit this information to others; and
  5. analyse and evaluate information that will demonstrate a broad understanding of the genetic differences between plants and the opportunities that exist for plant improvement in Australia.