COTT202 Cotton and the Environment

Updated: 05 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
30 April 2019 03 May 2019 Mandatory Details to be confirmed in Moodle.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT302 or COTT402 or COTT502

All online students will receive a 'Cotton and the Environment' manual produced by the UNE and CRDC personnel and will attend a 3.5 day Mandatory Intensive School and take part in online exercises and communication. Final examination will be held as an open book examination on the final day of the intensive school.

Combined Units COTT302 - Cotton and the Environment
COTT402 - Cotton and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Rhiannon Smith (
Unit Description

This unit examines aspects of environmental management as affected by the cotton industry. Areas covered include: ecology; soil degradation; pesticide breakdown; water quality; salinity; vegetation; legal obligations; and pesticide application techniques.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1: Written Essay 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Water quality

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Assignment 2: Written Essay 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Carbon and cotton production

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Online Tasks and Assessment 10% 600
Assessment Notes

Web communication, debate on environmental issues including 2 x online quizzes

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Open Book Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Open book exam on all unit materials

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate broad knowledge of the actual, and potential impact of cotton production on the environment, and its relevance to the development of optimal management practices for sustainable cotton production;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the Best Management Practices program (BMP) of the Australian Cotton industry in terms of the application of an Environmental Management System (EMS);
  3. identify and suggest possible solutions to environmental sustainability issues in regard to soils, soil water, salinity, biodiversity and climate;
  4. demonstrate autonomy and judgement in assessing a farm for environmental status, eg. Native vegetation assessments; and
  5. communicate information to others, using verbal or written formats, on environmental issues such as water quality and carbon footprint.