AGRO501 Organic Agriculture - Principles and Practice

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: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 6cp and candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes

Consult unit coordinator on enrolment; 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) Paul Kristiansen (paul.kristiansen@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The unit consists of a special program of study in organic agriculture, tailored to meet the needs of individual students, involving guided reading and assessment. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the organic farming sector in Australia and overseas, as well as skills and knowledge in specific aspects of organic production relevant to their interests.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Organic Agriculture: A Global Perspective

ISBN: 9780643090903
Kristiansen, P., Taji, A. and Reginald, J., CSIRO Publishing 2006

Note: Text is now out of print. Online access is available through the Dixon Library.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, 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 Critical Review Paper 58% 3500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Industry Study Report 42% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

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.


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate the principles and practices of organic farming;
  2. articulate the major agronomic and economic constraints faced by organic producers;
  3. demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge of the known impacts of organic farming on the environment;
  4. display critical thinking and problem solving skills related to organic farming; and
  5. communicate effectively to others in written and verbal formats of the industry and place new knowledge in context.