COTT203 Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
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 to be held in Goondiwindi. Exact details to be confirmed in study guide.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT303 or COTT403 or COTT503
Notes None
Combined Units COTT303 - Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer
COTT403 - Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer
Coordinator(s) Brendan Griffiths (
Unit Description

This unit brings together the many aspects in Cotton Farming Systems. Emphasis is given to topics beyond the farm gate and understanding the business environment that irrigated cotton production operates in. This includes technical aspects of the cotton fibre for spinning and garment manufacture, economic benchmarking of cotton farms and an on-farm consultancy. Business, consultancy and communications are major components of the intensive school.

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: Magazine Article 15% 1000
Assessment Notes

Write a magazine article on a cotton production subject for publication in the Australian Cotton Grower magazine.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Assignment 2: Oral 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Oral presentation about one aspect of the on-farm consultancy exercise at the intensive school.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory BMP Assessment - Online 20%
Assessment Notes

Web communication, research and four online quizzes worth 2.5% each.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4, 6

Compulsory Online Tasks and Assessment 10% 100
Assessment Notes

Web communication, research and online fibre technology and cotton spinning quizzes.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Written Report 45% 2500
Assessment Notes

Individual written report from on-farm consultancy team exercise producing recommendations for improved production, business and environmental enterprise.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate sound knowledge of the business environment in which the cotton industry operates and apply this knowledge and skills in a paraprofessional situation;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of some technical aspects of cotton spinning and cotton fibre technology to known and unknown situations;
  3. knowledgeably discuss the business decisions that face cotton growers in irrigated farming enterprises;
  4. interpret and communicate to an agriculturally aware audience what is involved in making: recommendations on production, environmental and business for improved economic and environmental sustainability in the cotton industry;
  5. utilise communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in professional report form and orally; and
  6. apply fundamental principles of economic benchmarking to known and unknown situations on cotton farms.