AGRO223 Agricultural Ecology and Crop Physiology

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 23 June 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory Intensive School will be delivered through online material.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites BIOL120 or RSNR120 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions AGBY221 or AGRO221 or BOTY202 or BOTY402
Notes

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) Nigel Warwick (nwarwick@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The unit consists of two modules. The crop physiology module covers physiology of plant growth and development at whole plant level and relates that to the morphology and structure of plants with emphasis on important agricultural plants. Topics include factors affecting seed dormancy, germination, and seedling development, hormone physiology, transpiration, photosynthesis, stress physiology and mineral nutrition. In the ecology module the principles of ecological theory and the application to specific problems in agriculture are covered. Examples to illustrate principles are drawn from natural environments and agriculture ecosystems with an emphasis on Australia. On the completion of this unit students will have a good understanding of fundamental agriculture ecology and crop physiology.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Plant Physiology and Development

ISBN: 9781605352558
Taiz, I., Zeiger, E., Max Moller, I. and Murphy, A., Sinauer Associates 6th ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 2 15% 1500
Assessment Notes

Ecology Assignment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Laboratory Assignments 15% 1500
Assessment Notes

2 parts worth 7.5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5

Compulsory Online Quiz 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Crop physiology quizzes - 4 x 5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 5

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

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.

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of central concepts in agricultural ecology and crop physiology;
  2. demonstrate an appreciation of the eco-physiological concepts relating to plant and crop growth;
  3. apply a knowledge of ecological principles to practical problems in sustainable agriculture, including pest management, optimisation of inputs for production, conservation of endangered species on and around farms, habitat preservation and control of pollution;
  4. discuss some current issues in ecology which affect agriculture, including their legal and social aspects. Examples may include water resource allocation, vegetation clearing and land degradation; and
  5. understand the fundamentals of scientific research and communication through critical analysis and writing of scientific papers.